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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.


Material and Checkout Policy for Alumni


Alumni borrowers must have a degree from Otis.
Contact Laura Daroca, Director of Alumni Relations ldaroca@otis.edu or 310–665–6895 for verification of graduation. The Alumni Office will notify the Library with names of alumni who express an interest in obtaining borrowing privileges from the library and are verified as graduates.
Alumni borrowers receive their library card from the circulation desk at the Library.
Go in person Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Your name must be on verified by the Alumni Office and approved in writing by email to the library before alumni access to the library will be granted.

Millard Sheets Library
3rd Floor, Ahmanson Building
Goldsmith Campus, Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90045

Alumni borrowers sign an agreement form.
Alumni agree to special alumni borrowing guidelines established by the Library.

Alumni borrowers pay a non-refundable, annual $50 fee to the Friends of Library.
Pay this fee at the Library when you fill out the agreement form.

Alumni borrowers have access during regular Library hours.
Check the Millard Sheets Library web site for hours and library resources.

Regulations Pertaining to Alumni

Library cards are not transferable.

All standard Library policies remain in effect except:

  1. Slides and carousels do not circulate to Alumni.
  2. Alumni may borrow up to five items at any one time.
  3. Alumni may borrow books for two weeks.
  4. Alumni renewal period for books is seven days assuming there are no requests pending. You may renew only once.
  5. Alumni may borrow videos for two days.
  6. Alumni renewal period for videos is two days assuming there are no requests pending. You may renew only once.
  7. lumni who do not return library materials within the scheduled loan period will have their borrowing  privileges suspended until the material is returned or renewed. The Library charges fines for overdue material, payable by the borrower. Borrowing privileges will not be restored until material is returned, renewed or replaced, and all outstanding fines and charges have been paid.
  8. There will be no grace period for overdue fines.
    • Overdue fine for books is $.25 per day.
    • Overdue fine for videos is $1.00 (does not include weekends or holidays).
  9. Alumni may place a hold on books that are charged out to students or faculty. However, such holds are subject to cancellation if the material is required for student or faculty use.
  10. In the event library material is lost or damaged, regardless of the reason, the holder of the membership will be held personally liable for replacement of the material, and reinstatement of membership privileges will not be considered until full compensation has been made for the replacement cost of said material and other charges incurred and recorded on the patron account.
  11. Non-return of library material constitutes a debt to the Otis College of Art & Design. Unresolved records and accounts will be turned over to the Finance Department for collection and settlement at the College's discretion.
  12. Alumni privileges do not include off campus access to subscription databases.
  13. The Library reserves the right to cancel or refuse memberships with the approval of the Library Director.
  14. If you are caught stealing, you will forfeit all library privileges indefinitely (without refund) and you will be subject to legal action.