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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.


Circulation Policies

Checkouts and Renewals - Overview

  Initial Check-out Undergraduate Student Graduate Student Faculty & Staff
Books / CDs 3 weeks May be renewed once May be renewed twice May be renewed twice
Videos / DVDs / Blu-rays 1 week  May not be renewed  May be renewed once May be renewed once
iPad / tablets / e-Readers 1 week May not be renewed May not be renewed May be renewed once

Renewals will not be allowed if there is a Request for the item in the system.

Online renewals: Starting 3 days before materials are due, when a student’s library account is current and they have no library issued checkout or student accounts holds, materials may be renewed online or through the Library’s Online Public Access Catalog using the Otis Xnumber and Self-Service PIN. If a student has difficulty renewing items, they should contact the circulation desk for help.

Checkout Periods

Books, Videos/DVDs/Blu-rays, CDs, Reserves, and Anatomical models may be checked out during all open hours.* Electronic devices and Items in Special Collections or from the Annex are available only while senior library staff are present. The Visual Resources Center is open during weekday business hours only.
*Videos/DVDs/Blu-rays may not be checked out by students over the winter break.

Library Materials

  • Unless otherwise noted, all library materials that are available for checkout are considered to be in good condition for their circulation age, and in the case of electronic or visual media, in good working order.
  • Patrons are responsible for inspecting the materials before they leave the library. If any missing or damaged parts or pages are found, the patron must notify circulation staff, to make note of the condition in the system. Patrons are responsible for returning the materials in the condition they were issued.
  • Patrons will be responsible for all repair and/or replacement costs for materials that are damaged, lost, or stolen while checked-out to them. Repair costs will be estimated by the library’s cataloger. In lieu of paying replacement costs, patrons may elect to replace the lost or damaged materials and pay a $15.00 processing fee per item. Replacement materials must be the same ISBN and year (or make and model of equipment) as the lost or damaged item, unless otherwise designated by the library cataloger.
  • The library is not responsible for data left on any laptop, tablet, or other device. Patrons are responsible for backing up all data before returning electronic devices.

Policies for Patrons

Please refer to the accompanying policies for specific types of patrons: