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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.


Mobile Mural Lab at the Zoo

Nov 4, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Alumni David Russell and Roberto del Hoyo of Mobile Mural Lab take their public art to the L.A. Zoo.

The Mobile Mural Lab

Roberto Del Hoyo (MFA ’11) + David Russell (MFA ’11)= Mobile Mural Lab



The Mobile Mural Lab (MML) was conceived as a public art project responding to a Los Angeles sign ordinance that did not discriminate between commercial signs and fine art murals. This political circumstance positioned mural production on private property to be illegal. We thought a mobile wall surface with an interior space to educate was the perfect legal loophole for visual expression within the public realm. Since 2010 the department of city planning has been collaborating with muralists, public artists and concerned citizens to draft a new mural painting ordinance. As a result, the newly drafted ordinance will go through City Council, and hopefully by 2013 Angelinos will be able to lawfully produce murals on private property.

The MML has evolved into a mobile art studio serving as a space for mural education and production. We teach the history of murals specific to Los Angeles as well as traditional and contemporary mural painting techniques. We collaborate with artists, organizations and communities to facilitate interactive mural painting programs, events and workshops.

Read more on the Mobile Mural Lab and the artist bios.