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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.


Free Image Resources

Image Resources at Otis

Including Otis Library's Imaging Projects and subscription databases.

Otis Digital Image Database (OtisDID) for teaching and learning. Focus is on art and design history. (Otis Community only)
Otis Collections Online Showcase for Otis collections and a repository for Otis archives. Images and materials from the Library, Galleries, Departments and Faculty.
Material Connexion Resource on materials: polymers, glass, ceramics, carbon-based, cement-based materials, metals, natural materials, etc. Optional: To set up a personal account (with Otis email) which will enable you to save materials and searches, click here.

Resources on the Web

Usage Guide for Online Resources (Copyright Issues)
Copyright and Web Images
Where to Find High-Res Images Online

LIB            movies

A library containing thousands of digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
See also: Internet Archive Book Images on Flickr
Flickr Creative Commons

Searches Flickr CC-labeled images which may be used under certain conditions such as attribution. Check rights before use. You can also search directly through Flickr Advanced Search.

wikimedia Wikimedia Commons - Serves images and other media for Wikipedia. Some hi-res images from the Google Art Project are also available here.

Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

Copyright/Royalty-Free Collections

Best Copyright-Free Photo Libraries  - Links to 12 US Government collections with images in the public domain.
  MorgueFile contains free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.
  Open Clip Art Library - Clip art images available for downloading and remixing; all images are in the public domain.
  Open Photo - Moderated photo community with the goal of uniting image consumers and producers through friendly Creative Commons licensing. (Royalty-free images, many of which are free.)
  OpenGLAM - Portal to Open Access collections with images completely in the public domain. Some museums, including the Getty Open Content and NGA Images, are also listed here. See Open Culture for more resources.
  Public Domain Pictures - A repository for free public domain images. Not everything is free.
  Stock.xchng - FREE royalty-free images. (Requires sign-up.)
  Freeimages - 6000 images. (Require credit.)

Architecture and Urban Design

ArchNet - Collection of images, books, maps, drawings, and more of architecture and urban design in the Muslim world.
  Digital Imaging Project - Images of architecture, historical sites, and more taken by Professor Mary Sullivan at Bluffton U. (Some large, some not.)
  Totally Free Images - photos come from old books that have gone out of copyright, and US government sources.
  Public Domain Photos has a growing collection of both photographs and clip art.
  Emporis - Database of worldwide commerical real estate information and construction data.
  Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles - Search for murals in Los Angeles County by title and neighborhood as well as by muralist. For graffiti from around the world, check out the Street Art Project of the Google Cultural Institutes.

Art and Art History

Many museums are opening their digital images for research, including local institutions like LACMA and the Getty. Other institutions include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. (Some sites require registration.)
  Google Cultural Institute, including the Google Art Project - Images from collections around the world. You can even navigate within some galleries using "museum view."
  Saskia - High quality images of art history (hundreds are already available in OtisDID, but there may be some we still need.)
  Smithsonian Collections Search Center - Search across the collections of the Smithsonian's museums and archives.
  Web Gallery of Art - Survey site with a focus on Renaissance European painting and sculpture
  World Images - Survey site of art historical images

Printing and Book Arts

Database of Bookbindings - Produced by the British Library.
  Papyrus Collection - The University of Michigan has made its large collection of papyrus fragments available digitally.

Historical Images and Documents

American Memory Project - Powered by the Library of Congress, the site offers access to images and documents of US history from different institutions.
  Calisphere - The California Digital Library offers this collection of images of California history. (Images vary in size.)
  Civil Rights Digital Library - Contains a plethora of primary sources, including images, sound and video
  Historical Anatomies on the Web - The National Libraries of Medicine has posted excellent images from many antique books on anatomy.
  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection - The online catalog contains many images of items from their collection, some of which are public domain.
  Photogrammar - Search photographs from the Farm Services Adminisitions (FSA-OWI) that are housed in the Library of Congress.
  Digital Vaults - Search for materials from the US National Archives using the semantic web.
  Screen Search Fashion - Thematic guide to 1920s-1930s UK fashion and dress via film archive (no still images)
  Visible Earth - NASA project. Some of these images may also be available in NIX (NASA Image Exchange), which is available through the OtisDID.