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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Fine Arts

Contemporary artists use their talent, imagination, and skill to create works of art that add beauty and richness to the world. They produce work for a vast global network of museums, commercial art galleries, publicly funded arts organizations, and artist-run spaces. Taught by a faculty of active professional artists, A Fine Arts student can choose one of three curricular areas of emphasis, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture/New Genres. The curriculum and requirements to graduate vary for each area.  Please visit the respective area for course descriptions and graduation requirements.



Students learn the basic principles, techniques and concepts of painting and drawing while developing their talent.  Students learn to invent visual images of their ideas, passions and interests.


Students gain technical and conceptual skills to analyze and make photographic works of art while focusing on a medium with a wide presence in popular culture. Students learn analog and digital approaches to the medium.

Sculpture/New Genres

Students learn to create three-dimensional and time-based works of art. This very broad area allows students to explore the traditional forms of sculpture as well as the contemporary genres of installation, performance, video, and film.


Fine Arts students have the opportunity to extend and complement their studies by pursuing a minor in another department. View the list of minors here.

Area of Emphasis

Students may choose to focus on a particular medium within the Painting, Photography and Sculpture/New Genres Areas of Emphasis.  Focus opportunities include DrawingEditorial/Fashion Photography, and Film/Video.


As juniors, Fine Arts students are encouraged to do an internship.  They may either take the Public Engagement/Internship course offered in the department or pursue other opportunitites through the Center for Creative Professions.

Travel Study

Also during the junior year, students may choose to participate in the Travel Study and Exchange Program.  Art in Context: New York is a course taught by fine arts faculty where students experience first-hand historical and contemporary aspects of the New York art world.

Meet the People

Meg Cranston, Chair
Alex Slade, Asst Chair
Christopher S. Chung, Coordinator
Scott Grieger, Program Director of Painting
Soo Kim, Program Director of Photography
Jacci den Hartog, Program Director of Sculpture/New Genres


Contact the Department

By Phone: (310) 665-6888

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