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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 Staff Directory

Sue Maberry Sue Maberry, Director of Library and Instructional Technology
1992 - present
(310) 665-6925
BA Art, Pitzer College
MLS, Cal State San Jose
Work Experience:
Librarian, Los Angeles Daily News
Program Director, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
Program Director, Woman's Building, L.A.
Cathy Chambers Cathy Chambers, Catalog Librarian, Artists' Books Collection
1994 - present
(310) 665-6927
BS Special Education, Illinois State Univ.
Work Experience:
Teacher, Learning Disabilities Resource Room
Manager, B. Dalton, Manhattan Beach
Assistant Book Buyer, CSULB Bookstore
Reference Librarian, Downey Public Library
Heather Cleary Heather Cleary, Digital Databases and Metadata Librarian
2002 - present
(310) 665-6926
BA English Literature, Reed College
Work Experience:
Library Intern, L.A. County Museum of Art
Intern, USC Moving Image Archive
Intern, Universal Studio Archives
Slide Circulation Assistant., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jean-Marie Venturini Jean-Marie Venturini, Instructional Designer
2012 - present
(310) 846-2628
BA Classics & Classical Civilizations, Loyola Marymount Univ.
MFA Creative Writing, Otis College of Art and Design
Work Experience:
Lecturer, English, Otis
Coordinator, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Otis
Freelance Online Content Writer
Sheldon Forbes Sheldon Forbes, Circulation Manager
1999 - present
(310) 665-6930
BFA Sculpture, Otis College of Art and Design
MFA Writing, Otis College of Art and Design
Work Experience:
Graphic Artist
Kathleen Forrest Kathleen Forrest, TLC Coordinator
2006 - present
(310) 846-2576 Education:
BA Asian Art History, UC Berkeley
Work Experience:
Operations Manager, Post Group
Data Manager, Hydraulx
Derek McMullen Derek McMullen, Photographic Technician
2004 - present
(310) 665-6930
BFA Painting, Otis College of Art and Design
Ian Henderson Ian Henderson, Periodicals Manager
2006 - present
(310) 665-6939
BM Music and Composition, Cal State LA
Vickie Thomas Vickie Thomas, Night Shift Manager
2013 - present
(310) 665-6939
BFA Painting, Otis College of Art and Design


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