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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.


Painting Radar

Nov 12, 2015
Fine Arts Blog
Timothy_HymanTimothy Hyman is a figurative painter, Royal Academician, writer, curator, lecturer and recognized authority on Sienese painting and the work of Pierre Bonnard. He has published acclaimed monographs on both subjects. Mr. Hyman has written extensively on art and film, is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and has curated exhibitions at the [more]
Oct 23, 2015
Fine Arts Blog
Parasol, 2007London-based artist Andrew Stahl, a Professor of Fine Art and Head of Undergraduate Painting at the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in London, will be talking via internet with students in Marjan Hormozi’s Representational Painting: The Image, Concept and Craft of Figurative painting course this Saturday, October 24th at 10 am in Room 219 [more]
Oct 13, 2015
Fine Arts Blog
Joshua Rickard's work brightens the landscape.
Photo by Michelle Chong.A number of Fine Arts faculty and staff as well as undergraduate and graduate alumni travelled to Joshua Tree over the Labor Day weekend to participate in Shangrila 2015: Peak Experiences. The event was curated by Short House (aka Michelle Chong (’06), Fine Arts Department Office Manager) and produced by Drew Dunlap, (’06). A desert [more]
Feb 18, 2015
Fine Arts Blog
Display of artist books by Fine Arts students Cinthia Lozano, Katherine Newman, Mohnsen Manzoor, Erin Watson,Students in Art and Publication, a course taught by Fine Arts Department faculty Holly Tempo, exhibited their artist book projects at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Book Fair, January 29-February 1.  The event, which attracted over 34,000 visitors, took place at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. “The art book fair was a lively, enriching, and [more]
Dec 18, 2014
Fine Arts Blog
Dec 10, 2014
Fine Arts Blog
attachmentFine Arts senior Derek Corns will participate in a fundraising auction for Critical Resistance Los Angeles (CRLA) at The Underground Museum at 3508 W. Washington Blvd., LA on Sunday, December 14. The evening will start with a reception at 5 pm, performances at 6 pm, and DJ sets at 8 pm.  Information about the event:  [more]
Dec 1, 2014
Fine Arts Blog
Marnie Weber as Spirit Girl poses with her monsters.
Photo by LeeAnn Nickel.Students in The Otherworld: A Performative Video Class, taught by artist Marnie Weber, donned costumes and performed at Jack Black’s Festival Supreme on October 25 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.  Otis Fine Arts students who participated in the event include David Klein, Sara Sheridan, Will Schaeffer, Benny Lamotte, Kate Newman, Nicholas Ramsey, and [more]
Nov 6, 2014
Fine Arts Blog
"Double Portrait Camden Town", 2013London-based artist, Dexter Dalwood will be skyping with students in Marjan Hormozi’s Representational Painting: The Image, Concept and Craft of Figurative Painting course this Saturday, November 8 at 10 am.  The artist will talk to students about work in his upcoming solo show, London Paintings, at Simon Lee Gallery.  He will also discuss how he [more]
Oct 22, 2014
Fine Arts Blog
Daryl Carey (left) poses in front of his mural with Lil Cesar of the Air Force Crew.Fine Arts painting major Daryl Carey created a mural entitled Raising the Needle this fall at the  Hip Hop School of Arts in Pomona.  According to the artist: “This mural symbolizes the community coming together to preserve Hip Hop and promote something positive for the youth.  It has it’s general meaning about Hip Hop, but also [more]