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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.


Other L.A. Libraries

Many Los Angeles Area Libraries Available to the Otis Community.

Academic Libraries

Loyola Marymount University

Find out how members of the Otis community may access LMU's Hannon Library. Contact the Circulation Manager.

Getty Research Library

  • Visiting the Getty Research Library has never been easier. The Library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Call (310) 440-7390 and make an appointment. Parking will be free. For further information about visiting, click here.
  • Getty library materials do not circulate. Plaza Reader Privileges are easily granted. Please show your Otis ID. Materials from storage may be paged for use in the library.
  • Otis faculty, graduate students, and other students with extensive research needs may apply for Stack Reader Privileges and use the open stack and reading areas of the Library.
  • Reference Librarians will be on hand to assist you, but don't expect them to do the research for you. Search their OPAC first and make sure they have what you need before you go.

UCLA Arts Library

1400 Public Policy Building
Obtaining a UCLA Library Card ($100 per year)
Otis Faculty may obtain free access. External Users Eligible for Free Cards: "Faculty and librarians from accredited institutions of higher education in the state of California in accordance with the state's Master Plan for Higher Education."


Public Libraries

Los Angeles Public Library

With an LAPL card, you can requisition materials from any branch in the entire LA area to be sent to a convenient local branch, including the Loyola Village Branch across the street. The resources are vast. This is an excellent option for many resource needs. There are also numerous full-text databases available through the LAPL site (with library card number). An E-Card will allow you to use many of the databases from home. You will need an L.A. address.

County of Los Angeles Public Libraries

There's a branch in Marina del Rey and any California resident is eligible to borrow materials. This is L.A.'s other public library system, covering areas not counted as part of the actual city.

Beverly Hills Public Library

Students can get a free library card with a California ID from a city within the metropolitan L.A. area. The Fine Arts Division of the Library is excellent with a large collection of books, video tapes, DVDs, compact discs, cassette tapes, a circulating slide library, sheet music, and CD-ROMs.

Digital Public Library of America

Everything is completely online. It brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Millions of books and images available.


Library Catalogs


Melvyl is a computer-based library system for the California Digital Library, a shared library of the University of California (UC). The Catalog database contains records for books and other materials owned by any of the UC campuses, including UCLA. It also contains records for the California State Library in Sacramento and several other California institutions. California Digital Library.

World Cat

WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. If you find a book you want, you can find it in any member libraries near by. Otis and smaller libraries may have the book, but we aren't members, so it won't show up.