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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.


Academic Excellence: Wendy Silva

Do it all! There is so much to learn and explore. Take advantage of every course you take. I regret not taking more classes
but I ended up taking 18 units almost every semester. It is ok to be different, because that is what sets you apart as an artist.


Los Angeles


Why Otis?
It always seemed to be the school I was headed towards. I was accepted into the Ryman Arts Program in high school. My art teacher encouraged me to go to art school, and said that Otis was one of the top local schools. I also won a Gold and Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Award Ceremony was held at Otis. After high school, I helped my parents out with rent by working and going to school part-time at Santa Monica College, where I took my first painting course with (Otis faculty member) Nathan Ota, who is an amazing teacher and mentor. I also had the privilege of meeting Bob Dob, and found out that he studied
with Nathan at Otis.

Your thesis project?
We completed both a thesis project and a paper. Writing my thesis paper helped me understand my work better. I examined culture, tradition, and the idea of becoming a figure for future generations to look up to, as my grandmother was for me.

Interesting things that you did outside of school?
I worked on side projects, creating small handmade objects.

Most influential class?
Christine Fredrichs’ “Extended Painting Techniques” sparked my infatuation with different mediums and techniques.

Most influential faculty member?
Chris Wilder was a great mentor who made me question my ideas and use different perspectives, and try new things.

Favorite place in L.A.?
Culver City born and raised, but currently living in Torrance.

Impact on your work/life?
At times it was overwhelming. The workload was fair, but I tend to be very detail-oriented and meticulous. It was inspiring to share a studio space with two other artists. I was usually the first to arrive and the last to leave.

What’s next?
Getting a studio space, where I have the freedom to experiment. I’m currently an artist assistant and I’m really enjoying the creative atmosphere.

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I can work on paintings for hours, and feel like I spent ten minutes. And I will never walk away from a work that I feel is unfinished.