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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.


Post Arrival Information

Check-in With Otis

Upon your arrival in Los Angeles, F-1 regulations require that you report to campus. To meet this requirement, follow the instructions below.

New Arrivals from Outside the U.S.

Step 1: Check-in with the Registration Office

Step 2: Submit a photocopy of your signed I-20, F-1 Visa, Passport, and Print-out of your I-94

Step 3: Report your U.S. Address to the Registration Office by completing form AR11. This action must be completed with-in 10 days of your arrival.

New Arrivals from Inside the U.S.

Step 1: Obtain your new Otis I-20 from the Registration Office

Step 2: Sign your name on page 1, line 11 on your new I-20

Step 3: Submit a photocopy of you signed I-20, F-1 Visa, Passport, and Print-out of your I-94 to the Registration Office

Step 4: Report your U.S. Address to the Registration Office by completing form AR11. This action must be completed with-in 10 days of your arrival.


Attend New Student Orientation – O Week

If you are a new international student, you will need to attend New Student Orientation. To register for orientation, please click here.


Airport Ground Transportation

If you are arriving at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there are several shuttle and shared-ride vans available to get you to your destination. These include, though are not limited to:


  • Super Shuttle and Prime Time Shuttle. You can find them in designated ground transportation areas just beyond the baggage claim area. Each van has a sign indicating its destination. Make sure your van is going to Los Angeles. You can ask where and when to board a shuttle van by using the courtesy phones available near baggage claim. The cost of a shuttle from LAX to Los Angeles is approximately $15-$35, in some cases more, including a recommended tip for the driver. The shared ride van will take you to the destination you specify.


  • Taxi Service: An alternative to shared shuttles and vans are taxis, though beware that taxis in Los Angeles tend to be more expensive than in other cities due to traffic and farther distances. The cost from LAX to Otis College of Art and Design (main campus) is approximately $20.00.


For additional LAX terminal information  click here.
For directions to Otis College of Art and Design click here.


Health Insurance

All Otis students are required to have health insurance. Please click here for more information.