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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.


Library Subscription Databases and Other Recommendations

Otis Magazine Holdings List (for when you actually need the print version...)

Jump to: Full-Text Journals & Magazines | Software Training Videos | Electronic Books | Encyclopedias,  Dictionaries, & Reference Works | Databases for Products, Images, and Music | Essay Index | College Catalogs

Full-Text Journals & Magazines

ebsco logo New login method! Full-text articles from 630 art and design magazines, 220 books, and 63,0000 images + 3,100 multidisciplinary periodicals.
New login method! General reference multidisciplinary. Full text with graphics. Overall dates of coverage: 1971 - present. Total titles covered: 2,600+
jstor Full text Art & Sciences III, a collection of 150 humanities journals from the fields of literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, art and architecture.
LIB vogue New login method! Entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month with photos and ads. All searchable!
Full-text of 1,500 international newspapers and magazines, company profiles, and news transcripts; Encyclopedia Britannica; and topic-based searches.
Opposing Points in Context logo
New login method! Provides information on various sides of today’s foremost social issues. Notice that the database will search just ACADEMIC SOURCES in the search box or list ACADEMIC SOURCES in a box on a regular page. Those are recommended for college papers. Help Sheet
Education Resources Information Center indexes education research and information in journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present. Not everything is full-text, but the Librarian may be able to help you attain articles you need.

Software Training Videos

New login method! Existing users can transfer their history the first time they log in - more information available at lyndaCampus. 7,000+ professionally produced QuickTime video clips to teach software available online 24/7. iOS and Android apps are now available.
Grammarly Writing Support by Grammarly@EDU grammar check tool is now available to all students and faculty. Use your school email to register at Grammarly.com/EDU !

Electronic Books

New login method! More than 113,000 full-text searchable books aimed at undergraduates. With citation assistance. Optional: You can set up a personal account.
September 2015: Contact ebrary support to migrate your bookshelf to your new account.
DPLA The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Many books and images available.

Encyclopedias,  Dictionaries, & Reference Works

heilbrunn The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history for students and scholars.
Also contains several reference works, including Encyclopedia Britannica, American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, almanacs, atlases, and more. Full list
Open source project by hundreds of philosophers, donating their labor to collaboratively write, referee, and maintain this reference work. (on the free web)

Databases for Products, Images, and Music

Material Connexion
Searchable archive of 5,000 materials including polymers, glass, ceramics, fabrics, cement, natural materials, etc.
Inventables A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations.
Materia A database of materials, process, technologies and innovations. Free, but you will need to create an account.
WGSN StyleSight Extensive fashion and style related site. You must first register an account here and update your registration every 90 days.
OtisDID Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Images & Video

Recommended sites to find images, video, and music that is either copyright free or available under CC licensing. Otis-created image databases.

Essay Index

Text Finder
An index to essays, critical and theoretical texts, manifestos, artist statements, and some interviews in books. (A MICA -Otis collaboration.)

College Catalogs

College Source Online
Complete copies of 9,660 college catalogs in original page format. Fully searchable.

NOTE: Most of these databases do not require you to set up a personal account. WGSN (formerly StyleSight) and Grammarly, and do require personal accounts. Many of the others offer the option so that you can save searches, preferences, documents, and similar functionalities.

Looking for a database that used to be listed above? Otis may no longer subscribe to it. Let us know if you have any suggestions.


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