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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.


Guidelines for Publishing Content to Otis Web Spaces

Otis recognizes the educational value of electronic publishing. Creating content and posting it online is encouraged. Lively opinion and commentary are welcome. However, it is expected that content be professional and reflect well upon the Otis community.

The College encourages faculty, staff, and students in their publishing endeavors by providing open access to various software applications including, but not limited to blogs, electronic portfolios, and OSpace, and even Facebook pages. While Otis supports freedom of expression, please adhere to the following reasonable guidelines when publishing to Otis web spaces.

Consider Your Digital Identity and Privacy Issues

What you post on the Internet contributes to your on-line identity. Make sure you are presenting yourself appropriately and intelligently.

As you post and contribute content to any web space, remember it is a public forum and your comments and images will be open for others to see. What you post and the quality of your posting is a reflection of you and, in the case of College web spaces, a reflection of the Otis Community.

Think carefully about privacy issues and whether to disclose controversial material or embarrassing facts, true or untrue, about yourself or others, which are not of legitimate concern to the public.

Unacceptable Use
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If you have questions about appropriateness of content, ask your faculty, Chair, or the Director of Instructional Technology for advice. Otis College reserves the right to remove any pages, posts, or comments on College servers or applications without prior notification. The responsibility for providing backups for pages rests solely on the author.

Acceptable Use for Blogging

Bloggers are strongly encouraged to check facts, cite sources, present balanced views, acknowledge and correct errors, and check spelling and grammar before making a post live. While quotes from related websites and blogs are encouraged, bloggers are expected to cite their sources properly.

Please make clear that the views expressed in your blog are yours alone and do not represent the views of Otis College or groups within Otis College.

Comments on Portfolios and Blogs

Comments are open to all as long as the person identifies themselves. But comments may be moderated by an individual portfolio or blog creator/manager. Commentary, opinion, and reaction to posts are welcome. Comments should be relevant to the specific post they are attached to.

Blog and OSpace Administrator

Sue Maberry, Director of Instructional Technology. Email: maberry@otis.edu