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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.


Green Card Information

Q. How do I apply for a Green Card (Permanent residency)?  You can….

A. Hire an immigration attorney to discuss your options.

Check out the www.uscis.gov website and go to the “Frequently Asked Questions” at http://uscis.gov/graphics/services/residency/family.htm.


Q. Does this affect my student status?  Well…Yes and no….It is up to you!

A. It depends.

  • YES – It will affect your student status if you request us to terminate your F-1 student record.  To do this, you must submit:
    • A copy of your I-485 or I-130 receipt
    • A letter requesting that we terminate your student record, and that you understand the consequences of your student status being terminated.
  • NO – It will not affect your student status IF you do not tell us, or IF you do not want to stop being an F-1 student.


What happens if I ask you to discontinue my F-1 student record?

There are several things that you will need to know – and understand.

  • A DSO will no longer be able to provide travel signatures (you will have to get information about travel from USCIS); any types of status letters (DMV, bank, government, etc.); work permits (on-campus or off-campus).  Any work permits that you need will now have to come directly from USCIS.
  • A DSO will no longer be able to advise you on your status.  If you have applied for Permanent Residency, then any advice you need must come from USCIS or an immigration attorney.
  • You will not be required to study full-time.
  • You will not be required to purchase medical insurance (but you should have SOME type of medical insurance, in case you get sick or injured!).
  • You will not have to pay $25 SEVIS fee to the campus each semester.


Q. What happens if I decide to keep my student status until my Permanent Residency application has been approved?  Well, then…

  • .You will have to be a full-time student.
  • You will have to purchase medical insurance.
  • You will be able to receive on/off-campus work permits if you are eligible.
  • You will be able to receive status letters from our office to verify your status.
  • You will be able to obtain travel signatures on your I-20 if you are still eligible.
  • You will still be eligible for the services ISP provides to all F-1 international students
    How do I get my fees removed if I request an F-1 termination?  You will need to…
  • Request that your fees be removed in the Request to Terminate F-1 Student Status Form.
  • Request refunds for fees by completing appropriate Otis forms. (See your DSO.)