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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.


Sustainability Radar

Nov 17, 2015
RacingExtinctionPosterOtis Movies that Matter series presents a special advance screening of RACING EXTINCTION Tuesday, November 17, 7:00 PM, Otis Forum In RACING EXTINCTION, Academy Award® winning director Louie Psihoyos (THE COVE) assembles a team of artists and activists on a global undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to [more]
May 6, 2015
Jasmin DruffnerJasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not [more]
Apr 14, 2015
Eco-PirateSave the date! “Movies that Matter” presents a special Earth Day screening of Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson (of “Whale Wars“) on Tuesday, April 21, at 7:00PM in the Forum. The film is “..about a man on a mission to save the planet and its oceans”, and an action-packed “thrilling and compelling portrait of an ecological [more]
Apr 11, 2015
FREE Water Conservation WorkshopThe Dirty Deeds, Otis Garden Club, is hosting a Water Conservation Workshop for home gardens this Sunday, April 12, from 10:00 – 11:00AM, at the Emerson Community Garden in Westchester. The workshop comes in perfect timing as mandatory water conservation measures are being asked to implement in Southern California in the face of a serious [more]
Mar 30, 2015
Urban Fruit a film about urban farmers in Los AngelesPlease join the Dirty Deeds, Otis Garden Club, in welcoming Roman Zenz and his documentary Urban Fruit, to Otis College of Art and Design. Urban Fruit tells the story of a handful of city dwellers growing food in Los Angeles, CA. They are a diverse group intent to reclaim a skill that has been lost to the industrial [more]
Nov 21, 2014
LA+WATERWe’re excited to announce the addition of Lewis MacAdams, Otis Graduate Writing Faculty, esteemed poet, and cofounder of Friends of the LA River, to the great line up at LA + WATER: Reimagining the LA River. Lewis will start the afternoon off with a reading and introduction. See details below. We hope to see you there! [more]
Nov 12, 2014
Break it Make ItCreative Action class, Ban the Bottle Abolish the Bag, taught by Lara Hoad in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, presents Break It Make It, Wed. Nov. 19th 11am-12:30 on the Otis Lawn.