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  • The American philosopher George Santayana once noted that beauty is far more central to our everyday lives than it is in philosophy. And true enough, aesthetics has always been a sort of fringe discipline within philosophy, lower in status than such fields as metaphysics, ethics, and theory of knowledge. In this lecture, Contemporary American philosopher Graham Harman will explain why this usual picture is mistaken, and show why aesthetics deserves to stand at the very center of philosophy.


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  • Otis Radio: Hot News

    May 02| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.


    This week from 5:00 - 6:00 pm is Hot News with DJs Cindy Ho, Ana Molina, and April Oh who cover all the trending NEWS!

    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Cafe and archived on otisradio.tumblr.com

  • Otis Radio: flashback

    May 02| Special Event

    Creative Action and the Otis Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

    This week from 5:00pm - 6:00pm is flashback: nostalgic static with DJ's Alix, April and Dane. Come listen and chat about nostalgic representations that make us who we are, from music, accessories, to fashion mistakes.

    Listen online at KLMU.

  • Graduate Fine Arts presents

    Now What?

    Class of 2016 Final MFA Exhibition  


    Family and Friends Night Celebration: Saturday, May 14, 6-9pm

    Ashton Allen

    Amanda Benefiel

    Ok-Young Choi

    Janet E. Dandridge

    Melany Dierks

    Elif Erkan

    Kathryn Kert Green

    Elizabeth Medina

    Kristin Moore 

    Jeisung Oh

    Zachary Roach

    Regine Rode


  • Learn about the Teacher Credentialing process with:

  • Otis Radio Olympics

    May 03| Special Event

    Otis Radio students Bree Miller, Natasha Carovska and Rania Ann Zahir present Otis Radio Olympics.

    Play Games and Win Prizes!

    Come join them outside to relieve your stress from finals by playing Musical Chairs, Red Light Green Light, Simon Says, and other beloved childhood games.

  • For decades, the Los Angeles–based artist Lita Albuquerque has blurred distinctions between Land art and Light and Space on increasingly grander scales, whether it be building installations surrounding the pyramids in Egypt or placing sculptures across Antarctica to mirror the formation of the stars. Her cosmic explorations continue with two new bodies of work that are currently being shown at Kohn Gallery in Hollywood, from January 9 through February 27, 2016, and at USC’s Fisher Museum of Art, from January 26 through April 10, 2016.


Painting Radar

Apr 16, 2016
Fine Arts Blog
mandujano_cell_logo_finalmandujano/cell, an exhibition space and book store, will open on Saturday, April 16, 9-11 pm.
Apr 12, 2016
Fine Arts Blog
 Alec Becerra. Image courtesy of BLOUIN Modern Painters.There ought to be a law; but there isn’t for Fine Arts alumni Alex Becerra (’11) when it comes to making art. “A lot of these paintings are fantasies of mine,” says Becerra who is working towards a solo show with Chicago dealer Shane Campbell in early 2017. The quickly rising LA artist, whose work [more]
Apr 11, 2016
Fine Arts Blog
MIIKASpring is in full force and finals are just around the corner. Hair trends in the Fine Arts Department this spring range from floral embellishments, groovy dye jobs, natural styles, and bro-hawks galore. They also recall the hair styles of some of our favorite artistic icons. [See image gallery at blogs.otis.edu]
Mar 30, 2016
Fine Arts Blog
Siri KaurFine Arts and Foundation Associate Professor Siri Kaur has been selected for an Excellence in Teaching Award. Three faculty are recognized annually by nomination for their commitment to teaching.  On being selected, Siri had this this to say:  “I’m so honored to receive this award! Teaching is always such a fascinating challenge, and it’s lovely [more]
Mar 13, 2016
Fine Arts Blog
Graham Harman, Barcelona, 2012
Photo courtesy of the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA).Philosopher Graham Harman, Spring 2016 Visiting Critic at Otis Fine Arts, will be talking about “Why Art and Design Are Central for Philosophy” on April 28. Below are three things that you can do to prepare for what promises to be an intriguing evening. Read his most recent book Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism, [more]
Mar 2, 2016
Fine Arts Blog
  Amanda Fu, Rebecca Bryant, Alexander Sin and Sienna Blackwell pose "dressed to the nines" outside of the Dorothy Chandler PavilionOtis Fine Art students in Sophomore Seminar, a course taught by faculty and department chair Meg Cranston, attended the LA Opera production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute on February 24. The critically acclaimed production, which features a unique set design that artfully recreates the look of a silent film, was staged at the Dorothy Chandler [more]
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]