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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 Scholarship Benefit Honorees

2014 Michael Egeck, President and CEO of Eddie Bauer
2014 Leon Max, Designer and founder of Max Studio
2014 Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Fashion Designers
2013 Kirk Nix – KNA

2013 Sally Perrin, Perrin Paris
2013 Otis Sustainability Alliance: Eddie Bauer, Disney, Nike, Patagonia, Quiksilver, and Todd Oldham
2012 Christopher Wicks -- English Laundry
2012 Rosemary Brantley and Elaine Goldsmith
2011 Bob Mackie
2011 Santa Monica Place
2010 Bijan Pakzad – The House of Bijan
2010 Tyrus Wong (’32) Alumnus, Artist, Illustrator
2009 Bob Hurley – Hurley International
2009 Sally Frame Kasaks – Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.
2008 DreamWorks Animation – Ann Globe
2008 Warner Bros. – Brad Globe
2007 Macy’s – Paul Fitzpatrick and Jacque Hall
2006 Joseph Abboud
2006 Cirque du Soleil
2006 Roxy
2005 NIKE – Mindy Grossman and Peter Kolsky
2004 Lunada Bay Corp. – Susan Crank
2004 Warnaco Swimwear Group – Roger Williams
2003 The Walt Disney Company – Tim Kilpin
2002 Mattel – Matt Bousquette
2002 Ocean Pacific Corporation – Richard Baker
2002 Primedia – Linda Platzner
2001 Anne Cole
2001 Robert Graham
2001 Dennis Hopper
2000 4Kids Entertainment – Al Kahn
2000 BCBGMAXAZRIA – Max Azria
1999 Petco – Brian K. Devine
1999 Quiksilver – Bob McKnight
1998 Warner Bros. – Dan Romanelli
1998 Todd Oldham
1997 Bloomingdale’s – Michael Gould
1997 Nolan Miller
1996 Mattel/Barbie – Diana Troup
1996 Richard Tyler and Lisa Trafficante
1995 Nordstrom
1994 Rampage – Larry Hansel
1994 Cross Colors – Carl Jones and T.J. Walker
1994 Mossimo – Mossimo Giannuli
1993 Anne Cole
1992 Fred Hayman
1991 NIKE
1990 GUESS? – Georges Marciano
1989 Elois Jenssen
1988 Bob Mackie
1987 James Galanos
1986 Jean Louis
1985 Helen Rose