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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.


Eric Rodriguez ('12)

May 6, 2013
Alumni Profile - Illustration
Spotlight Category: Student

What was your most fun/influential class?
“Illustrated Book” really made me focus on why I liked certain ideas, and why I made certain choices. It taught me to get to the heart of a project and be consistent with that concept. I definitely did some of my most unhindered and honest work.

What is your hometown? I grew up in Visalia, California.

What originally attracted you to Otis?
I expected to be held to a very high standard, and knew that demanding a lot from myself was the best way for me to progress.

How did you decide on your major?
I’ve loved comics since childhood. As I matured and started to realize the full potential of comics as an artistic medium, I knew they were what I wanted to focus on in my career. In Foundation Year, I was fairly certain that I wanted to go into Illustration because I felt that it was the best major to teach me what I needed.

Cool things you did outside of school?
JT Steiny (’84) organized several group book shows at Meltdown Comics in West Hollywood. He invested his own time and effort into it for the sake of the students. They were always a lot of fun. Sometimes we got together on the weekends and played soccer on the Otis lawn.

How did Otis affect your work/life?
I developed a strong work ethic and drive to succeed. Admittedly, I feel that I traded some important aspects of my life for four years away from people I cared about. My life changed in ways I never expected.

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I have a whole list of normal things that I’ve never done, like go camping or ride on a boat or attend a concert.

What would you tell new students?
Be prepared to work hard. You’ll probably have friends who attend large universities, join clubs and intramural sports teams, go for bike rides and road trips, throw parties, and go out on dates. You will not do any of these things, or, at least not very often. Your priorities will swiftly shift to a choice between eating, sleeping, or working. You’ll usually choose the latter. If you take it seriously, it will feel more like going to work than going to school, and by the end you’ll be glad it did.