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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.


Using the Library

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Learning how to use the Library and do research is an important aspect of your college education.

The Library Staff is here to assist you. Please feel free to ask question. We will gladly instruct you in the use of the Otis Library online catalog (OPAC), computer programs and databases. If you have made an unsuccessful search and require help, please request additional reference support.

Periodicals: In addition to books and videos, the library maintains an ongoing collection of magazines. We do not throw them away. Bound volumes of back issues can be found in the reference section. Allow 24 hours when requesting Bound Periodicals that are located in the Library Annex. Request forms are available at the circulation desk. Magazines, Reference, Special Collections and Artist's Books do NOT circulate. A copier and a large format, flatbed scanner are both available for your use. There is a 15-minute time limit for these machines while other patrons are waiting.

Special Collections and Artist's Books, are only available between 9 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Reserve materials supplied by your instructor are held behind the Circulation Desk. To access reserve materials, please present the circulation staff with the following information: Teacher's name, class name, title of item, author of item, nature of material (book, Xerox, reader etc..).

Do not reshelve books, magazines or videos once you have removed them from their resting place. We prefer that you do not leave books or magazines on the tables. When you have finished with them, please place them on the book carts.

You are required to present your library card when requesting library transactions. No exceptions. While the Otis library collection and computer systems are available for use by the general public, circulation privileges are only offered to Faculty, Staff and the students who are enrolled in degree programs.

Returns: There is a book return slot in the circulation desk near the entrance. There is an after hours book drop available at the opposite end of the library entry hall. Items placed in this book drop will be checked in on the following business day. The book drop is checked only once a day. Please do not place videos in the book drop. Please remember to check all books for personal paperwork and remove all bookmarks including post-it notes.

Videos and DVDs must be returned during business hours and placed in the video return slot that is just outside the library security gates. Please be certain the right materials are placed in their corresponding cases, barcodes facing out. Remember to REWIND tapes.

A copier and a large format, flatbed scanner are available for your use. The use of the scanner is free. The copy machine takes coins, 1's, 5's, 10's and 20's. Each copy is 10 cents.

Office Supplies: Standard stapler, long neck stapler, hole punch, paper cutter, ruler, pencil sharpener, scotch tape and scissors are located in at the office supply station just right of the entrance. Please do not remove these materials from that location. Always clean up after yourself. White-out, glue-stic, heavy-duty stapler, staple remover, compass, protractor and golf pencils are available for use upon request. Please return them after use. Please supply your own pens, paper clips, erasers and paper. Please refrain from removing paper from the copy machine or printer. You may have as much scrap paper as you like.

Textbooks are sold at the beginning of every semester in the temporary bookstore, not in the library. Blue Books are sold in the Liberal Studies office.

Not Permitted: Scissors, knives, x-acto blades, razor blades and all cutting devices are not permitted within the library. Please leave them in your car or your locker. Generally food is not allowed and definitely no greasy snacks.

Play well with others: The library is divided into two zones, talking and no talking. Please whisper while you are in the no talking section. Group study is allowed at the couches and at the talking zone tables only. Rambunctious behavior is not permitted. Please be considerate of others.

Cell phone conversations should be conducted outside of the library.

Do not run or shout in the library.

Please keep your feet off of the furniture.

Beverages ARE allowed in the library but only those with lids. Greasy snacks are dangerous because the grease on your fingers can damage our books.

Please do not bring harmful substances of any kind into the library.

Always clean up after yourself.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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