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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.


BFA Graphic Design Alumna Satsuki Shibuya

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Satsuki Shibuya (’07 Communication Arts)
Shibuya Designs

My escapades thus far have included studying music at the University of Southern California and graphic design at Otis, pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, delving into hard processes such as pattern design and sewing, launching a design studio, as well as raising a dog that loves treats and naps a little too much. My most recent pursuits have involved culinary experimentation, ‘zine publication, paper creations and making everyday living goods. Fueled by a combination of her love for nature, appreciation for the simple things in life, and passion for exploration, I forge ahead on my ever-evolving journey and invite you to join me!

Starting up
I had been thinking of starting up my own company for quite some time, even day dreaming about it during my studies at Otis. I decided when I graduated that if I wanted to try something, better sooner than later. I felt that I had enough experience from previous jobs and wanted to create in the way that I envisioned with full creative control.

Biggest reward
I am able to create what I want, when I want, and express my thoughts, feelings and philosophies in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. Biggest challenge
Finding the balance between work and life. It is so easy to get caught up in something, especially if you love what you do, but I’ve realized the importance of giving yourself downtime. I used to worry that if I didn’t spend every waking moment doing something work-related, I would fall behind. Now I know that I am even more productive if I give myself the time to unwind and enjoy life.

Breakthrough moment
I sat down and really thought about my personal values and what I wanted out of work. At the end of the day, it wasn’t money that inspired me or fame, but more the freedom the express my own thoughts and philosophies. When I realized this, I knew wholeheartedly that I couldn’t do anything except something on my own.

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