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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.


Visiting Artists

Celebrated Graphic Designers and Artists to Converge for the 4th annual Design Week 2014

Design Week, June 15–21, 2014

A core component of Otis’ MFA Program, Design Week introduces students to the international design community. 

Design Week is a profound experience for students to engage with designers and other students who introduce diverse perspectives and new ways of thinking and practicing in a global world. This transformative experience shapes the culture of the department and confirms that collaboration, risk taking, and relationship building are the foundational elements of a successful practice.

Students from other institutions are welcome to participate during the week. Select schools include: Sint Lucas - Gent, Sint Lucas - Antwerp, Cal Arts, and Lucerne School of Graphic Design.

This year, Otis welcomed six recognized graphic design studios from four countries who hosted workshops over the course of the week and gave one-collective public lecture.


Niessen @ de Vries, Amsterdam
Cox and Grussenmeyer, Antwerp
Type Radio, Rotterdam
Feixen Studio, Lucerne,
Project Projects, New York
Lava Design Agency, Amsterdam

Otis College of Art and Design’s 4th annual Design Week was made possible in part with generous support from The Consulate General of the Netherlands and Swissnex.

Recent Visiting Artists and Designers

Danielle Aubert
Stuart Bailey
Peter Bil’ak
Rick Poynor
Michael Bierut
Jeff Keedy
Sara De Bondt
Keetra Dean Dixon
Emory Douglas
Hansje van Halem
Jan & Randoald
Harmen Liemburg
Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan
Pinar & Viola
Maki Suzuki
James Goggin
Ludovic Balland
Gail Swanlund
Team Thursday

Design Week 2014

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