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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.


Foundation Supply Kit

The Foundation Supply Kit (download here) is required of all Foundation students. Your Foundation Supply Kit provides many of the items you will use across several studio classes. The list has been compiled for efficiency — to help you buy supplies all at once, and for a preferred price.

Note: Please also see First Day Materials & Supplies for additional items you MUST bring to your first meeting of each class.

The supply kit is available at Graphaids, located at 3030 S. La Cienega Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232  Phone: 310-204-1212. Open Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:30PM, Saturday, 9AM-4PM.

Graphaids will be selling the kits on campus in the Student Lounge located on the 1st Floor of the Ahmanson Building on January 14, 2016 from 10:00AM - 4:00PM.

The total cost of the Supply Kit, including tax, is $228.00.  List price for items purchased individually is substantially higher.  The kit is priced competitively.


Foundation Material and Supply Requirements in Addition to the Foundation Supply Kit

Your Foundation Supply Kit will provide many of the items you will use across several studio classes this year.  The list has been compiled for efficiency -- to help you buy supplies all at once, and for a preferred price.

The Foundation Supply Kit does not however constitute all of the tools, materials and/or supplies you will need throughout the year in Foundation.  On an ongoing basis, in each of your classes, various additional materials and supplies will be required.

It is estimated that on a monthly basis, you should plan for approximately $85.00 in expenses related to project requirements in your studio program.  Some months may require little or no new expense, while other months will require more than $85.00 in new expenses.

The best practice for maximizing your preparedness for success in studio classes and minimizing your expenses is to plan ahead, share materials and costs with classmates (when appropriate), shop in a group, and shop around for best prices and availability.

Your faculty will expect you to bring all materials and supplies to class when required.  Faculty will provide reasonable time and sufficient information for you when assigning any new material and/or supply requirements. 

You will also be required to purchase textbooks and course readers for many of your studio courses.  Readers will be available online from universityreaders.com after you have registered for classes. You must purchase your textbooks and readers and bring them to the first class session.  The approximate cost for textbooks and readers for first semester studio courses only is $100.  Additional textbooks and supplies will be required by your Liberal Studies courses.