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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.


Life at Playa Del Oro

housing life at playa del oro


Life at Playa Del Oro

Playa del Oro Apartments, home to the Otis Student Housing Program, is in one of Southern California’s most desirable communities and only two blocks from Main Campus. Owned and operated by Decron Properties, the contemporary design creates a light and airy feel. Nestled in a dynamic canopy of lush flowers, trees and tropical plants are a spa, sparkling pool with barbeques, a fitness center, and a resident lounge.  Nearby are restaurants, shops, and beaches.
Each furnished two-bedroom unit has two baths, modern kitchens with built in appliances, resident-controlled entry and access, parking, access to pool and Jacuzzi, and fitness center. Students participate in programming (i.e. seminars, workshops, events) and have access to on-site staff.
The Coordinator of Residence Life and Housing oversees trained Resident Assistants who reside in each apartment unit, providing supervision for the first-year residents.

(subject to change anually)
Double Room Occupancy: $4,950.00 per semester
Single Room Occupancy: $9,900.00 per semester
Refundable Security/Damage Deposit: $550.00

Included are:

  • Apartment Unit
  • Fully Furnished Rooms
  • Utilities: i.e. gas, water, electricity
  • Cable TV and Wireless Internet
  • The Playa Del Oro Amenities
  • Parking Space
  • Proximity to Otis
  • Resident Assistant Supervision
  • Community Programming