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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 Music and Audio Resources

100 spectacular sound effects 3 disk set of audio CDs filled with different sound effects.



101 digital sound effects: sounds of nature


1 CD filled with royalty-free audio snippets. CDX 
 Freesound.org Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse.

ccMixter is a community site featuring remixes of muxic licensed under Creative Commons. You can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want." Free.


Open Source Audio

The Internet Archive lets users upload their music with CC licenses. Free.


Film Music by Moby

The artist Moby has made his music available for "independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short." Free, but registration required.



Free music sharing site based in Europe. Artists upload their music with Creative Commons licenses, so some may be available for use in your projects. Free, but registration required.


Incompetech Royalty-Free Music

Music and recordings by Kevin McLeod published with an CC Atribution 3.0 license. Free.


Op Sound Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine. http://opsound.org/

Great resources for folk and historical music. Downloadable midi files can be easily remixed in Garage Band.


Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project UC Santa Barbara has been digitzing music cyclinders published between 1894-early 1920s. The music is in the public domain and files are published with a CC Attribution 2.5 license. Free.
Internet Audio Archive Audio and MP3 library containing over 200,000 free digital recordings ranging from alternative news programming, to Grateful Dead concerts, to Old Time Radio shows, to book and poetry readings, to original music uploaded by our users. Many of these audios and MP3s are available for free download. Archive.org/details/audio