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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.


Student Help

General Questions

How do I create my Learning e-Portfolio?

For all incoming students, you will create your Learning ePortfolio during your Orientation/Registration process. 

What is appropriate content to put into my Learning e-Portfolio?

Your Learning ePortfolio is a space for you to reflect on your academic experience. You should aim to move beyond superficial reactions such as "I like" or "don't like" in favor of more critical and thoughtful responses. Think more about evaluating the “why” or “how”.
You control the content of your Learning ePortfolio, but this is a space for critical reflection. It is not an appropriate space to complain or rant about faculty, your courses, or friends/classmates.

Who can see my Learning e-Portfolio?

You determine who can view your Learning ePortfolio.

Technical Questions

How do I update or make changes to my Learning e-Portfolio?

See the step-by-step guides for more specific information.

What happens to my Learning e-Portfolio after I graduate?

Your Learning ePortfolio will remain active as part of O-Space after you graduate from Otis.

What if I want to take my Learning ePortfolio after I graduate and re-launch it in a different domain?

You can export the e-portfolio as a folder of HTML files including the original versions of any uploaded media. Go to the Portfolio Tools tab and click on the Download button. Save the zipped folder to your computer and then extract the files. Each HTML page includes the main content as well as the sidebar, header, footer and comments. Uploaded media, including the originals, are located in the files subfolder.
ePortfolio Download Option

How much space do I have on my Learning e-Portfolio?

There is no space restriction. However, uploaded media cannot be larger that 12MB. Images that are smaller are preferred since they will load much quicker.

How do I edit text and add pictures/graphics?

See the step-by-step guides for more specific information.

If my images are too large, how do I resize them?

Use an image processing program, such as Photoshop, and save the image as a JPG. The maximum file size is 12 MB, though smaller files will load much more quickly. Images that are wider than 500 px will be automatically resized when uploaded via the Image/Video/Audio module.

How do I add links or embed video into my Learning e-Portfolio?

See the step-by-step guides for more specific information.

Training and Support Questions

Are there training sessions to help me with my Learning e-Portfolio?

Support is always available in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department, Library and SRC. When working online, go to the "Help" section within your own Learning ePortfolio.
ePortfolio Help Section

Where can I work on my Learning e-Portfolio?

Since your Learning Portfolio is web-based, you can access it from any networked computer. You can access O-Space from home or on any of the available computer labs at Otis in addition to the computers in the Labs, Library and SRC.
If you are working in the Library or SRC on your Learning ePortfolio, there will be staff on site to help you with any questions you may have.

Questions not covered?

If you still have questions that are not addressed above, please contact Jean-Marie Venturini at tlc(at)otis.edu.