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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.


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Find Books

Browsing is an excellent creative endeavor. Our 40,000 books are organized by subject. Through the Library Catalog or OPAC, you can search more specifically. There are an additional 40,000 electronic, full-text books as well.

Articles in Magazines & Journals

The Library subscribes to 150 magazines which are on shelves as you enter the Library. There are also millions of electronic journals that are available to the Otis Community through subscription databases.


Over 5,000 videos are in the Library's collection. Search the OPAC for specific titles or subjects. You can limit the search to videos only. Find free moving images on the Video Resources page.


New! Coming soon! Materials Collections.


Artists and designers need images to learn from. Check out our collections in databases. You will also find that many books are purchased with an eye to their inclusion of quality images.


Looking for music to add to a project? Check this page for free resources.

Course Reserves

Many faculty hold readings and books that students will need on RESERVE at the Circulation Desk in the Library.

Library Exhibitions

Features items from our Special Collections and Artists' Books Collection. Find out more about the what's on display right now; read our blog for more information.

Other Libraries

No one has everything. Not even Google. For a list of local libraries friendly to Otis students and faculty, click here. The Librarian can advise you of where you might look to find resources of all kinds.

Departmental  Collections

Many departments have additional specific collections of materials. Academic Computing has a collection of software manuals.