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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.


Franklyn Liegel Award

The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence

Franklyn Liegel, exhibiting fine artist, Continuing Education faculty member and MFA alumnus, passed away in 2012. This award was named in recognition of Franklyn Liegel’s dedication to Otis, commitment to education, and his own extraordinary ability to inspire others.

Franklyn received his MFA in Fine Arts from Otis  in 1977 (at the time known as The Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County). He was a long-term Continuing Education instructor with a loyal following, beginning in 1979 with courses as Introduction to Painting: Materials and Techniques and Painting Workshop. He also led the College’s Young Artist Studios. Franklyn’s dedication to his students, as well as his ability to inspire others, made him one of the College’s most beloved instructors. He was an accomplished fine artist whose work was exhibited at the Koplin Gallery, Greunbaun Gallery (NYC), Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo), Otis, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, Laguna Art Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Meadows Art Museum (Shreveport, LA), American Embassy (Morocco), Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art (Kyushu, Japan), and Art Forum Berlin. He was also the recipient of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Artist in Residence fellowship in Taos, New Mexico, and the Julia and David White Fellowship, Costa Rica.

The teaching faculty is the College’s greatest resource. Accordingly, one outstanding educator from Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs is recognized each year for her/his  commitment to Otis; clear, effective teaching; and ability to motivate and inspire the success of students. While there is no one way to be an outstanding teacher, the award is defined by a set of criteria meant to govern its nominations and selection. The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence is presented to a longstanding instructor who has demonstrated a sustained ability to:
•    Incite curiosity in, motivate, and enhance the success of students
•    Inspire and earn the admiration of departmental colleagues
•    Create a lasting and gratifying impression of an extraordinary educator
•    Challenge students and increase their capacity for independent thought

All Continuing Education and Pre-College Program faculty members who have taught one or more courses over a minimum of three consecutive academic years. Past recipients of an Otis teaching award (within five years) are not eligible.

Nominations for the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence 2015 open April 29 and may be entered, via the link below, through May 8 at 9:00pm.

Click Here to Make a Nomination!

Continuing Education students, faculty, and departmental staff may login once to nominate one candidate for the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence. Award criteria are considered in the nomination process, and the reason for each nomination is stated.

A committee of administrators, along with the prior year’s award recipient, is convened by the Dean of Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs. The Selections Committee considers four primary factors:
•    Award criteria
•    Student evaluations of teaching
•    Number of and reasons for nominations received
•    Confluence of nominating constituencies (i.e. students, faculty, etc.)
Such selections are complex, and every effort is made to consider all factors that may assist in achieving equitable results.

The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence recipient receives $1,250, attends an award luncheon with departmental staff, and is featured in the Continuing Education catalog and OMAG. Award recipients may be called upon to contribute their expertise in College forums focused on matters of teaching and related best practices.