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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.


On-Campus Employment


Your F-1 student status permits you to work on the campus of the school that issued your current I-20. You must successfully complete one semester with 12 units to before you are eligible to work on campus. While working on campus you are required to maintain your status (except for approved exceptions) and be in good academic standing.  Employment must be on the Otis campus or official Offsite Location

Time Period

F-1 Students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the fall and spring semester.

F-1 Students may work more than 20 hours per week on campus during school vacations (summer break, spring break and fall break).


Expiration of On-Campus Employment Eligibility

Your on-campus employment eligibility ends:

  • When you graduate.
  • If you transfer to another College; your work authorization expires on the day of your SEVIS record release date.
  • If you violate your F-1 status.
Obtaining On Campus Employment

Contact the Center for Creative Careers for available job opportunities on campus.

  1. Complete the Student Employment Work Agreement (SEWA) and obtain a Letter of Employment from your hiring supervisor
  2. Submit the SEWA form and Letter of Employment to the Center for Creative Professions (CCP).  Employment start date cannot be more than 30 days in the future. The Employment Letter must be dated within the last 30 days.
  3. Obtain the Social Security Letter from the Center for Creative Professions Office. Only the Designated School Official at OTIS can write this letter after receipt of the SEWA form and Letter. It certifies that the student is enrolled full time and holds a valid F-1 status
  4. Bring the following documents to the Social Security Office:
  • Original I-20
  • Passport with printed I-94 and Visa
  • Employment Letter from Employer (F-1)
  • Original Social Security Letter from Center for Creative Professions
  • Form SS-5 (Social Security Number Application)
  1. Once a social security number has been issued, On-Campus Employees should bring the following documents to the Center for Creative Professions to complete payroll signup forms.
  • SEWA form
  • Completed I-9
  • SSN Card
  • Original passport with U.S. visa