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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.


Past Artists and Designers

Laura Owens and Edgar Bryan, 2012 Fine Arts Distinguished Visiting Artists in Painting

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Bryan, born in Alabama, received a BFA from the School of the Art Inst of Chicago and MFA from UCLA. He has shown his work internationally and in L.A. at Regen Projects. He was an illustrator in the United States Air Force for five years, and his work is influenced by classical portraiture and still-life. In his paintings, he reinterprets these genres with a casual approach, using reoccurring motifs of vinyl records, bicycles, and other details of everyday life.

Laura Owens
Laura Owens

Like Bryan, Owens had a rigorous training in drawing, including copying master works. Her large-scale layered paintings combine thin washes with thick impasto. A recent solo show was at Bonn’s Kunstmsueum, and she has exhibited widely internationally. She shows her work at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, N.Y.

Sohrab Mohebbi, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Curator in Fine Arts

Sohrab Mohebbi

Mohebbi is a writer and curator currently based in L.A. He has curated projects for the Queens Museum of Art; Cabinet, N.Y.;  Center for Curatorial Studies, N.Y.; and Bidoun Projects. He received the 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His writings have been published in Bidoun Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as e-flux journal, Modern Painters, Universe-in-Universe, and La Vanguarida. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art, and received an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College, and a BFA in photography from Tehran University.

Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston, 2011 Donghia Designers in Residence

Nader Tehrani of Office dA and Sharon Johnston of JohnstonMarklee led a week-long master class in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and presented a public lecture. The Angelo Donghia Foundation supports this program annually. Past designers include Eva Maddox, LTL Architects, Xavier Vendrell, and Shashi Caan.

Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston

Helios House, a joint project by Office dA and JohnstonMarklee, is a sustainable gas station in L.A,, with roof solar panels and recycled glass mixed into its concrete floor. Within the site, water, heat, energy, lighting, and material systems are all built to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency.

Ruby Neri and Adam Silverman, 2010-11 Boardman Artists in Residence

Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman, Studio Director of Heath Ceramics, L.A., studied architecture, art and design at RISD. After moving to L.A.,he practiced architecture, started a clothing company, and in 2003 became a professional potter. His ceramics company is Atwater pottery. www.atwaterppttery.com

Ruby Neri

Ruby Neri comes from a long line of traditional figurative sculptors. As founding member of the Mission School, she collaborated with notable San Francisco graffiti artists. In the late 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles, and concentrated on sculpture.