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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.


Patrons Circle Tours

Otis Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown L.A.

Otis' Patrons Circle Tour of Downtown LA!

Discover how the creative economy is transforming downtown Los Angeles.  Studios and galleries continue to move to the heart of our city and into areas that were off the beaten path just a year ago. Otis Patrons Circle members will enjoy an Otis-inspired tour of downtown L.A.'s vibrant scene. See a recap of the tour here.
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Morning, 9:30 a.m.  

We'll start with a light breakfast while visiting Kent Twitchell's ('77 MFA) new studio, followed by a short ride to see a few of his downtown murals.  http://www.kenttwitchell.org/  


Late Morning

Next, we'll have an inside peek into Cynthia Vincent's ('88 Fashion Design) fashion design studio. Vincent's unique California-inspired designs are available in boutiques and large-scale retailers nationwide.  http://cynthiavincent.net 


Complimentary Lunch



Working sculptor and director of Los Angeles Art Gallery ToursBill Kleiman ('89 MFA) will provide an informative curated tour of downtown's newest destination galleries. http://losangelesartgallerytours.com/about.html



Highlights will include:

  • Unmarked warehouse galleries
  • A highly influential new alternative space
  • A preview of an exhibition scheduled to open later in the evening
  • Cameo appearances of gallery work created by Otis graduates

With Bill's deep knowledge of the L.A. art scene and personal relationship with Otis, he will discuss:

  • Otis' prescient role in the L.A. and international art scene 
  • The cultural, historical, and economic context of the art on exhibit
  • What the artwork we see tells us about today's zeitgeist
  • His experience as a working sculptor and Otis graduate

Interested in supporting Otis through Patron's Circle? Join now! 


    Patrons Circle events have included:

    • Ojai Art and Design Tour
    • MARFA Art and Design Tour
    • Fine Arts Senior Class Exhibition Sneak Preview & Presale
    • New York Art and Design Tour
    • Seattle Art and Design Tour
    • Laddie John Dill, Lecture and hands-on experience

    Our leadership donors have an important impact on Otis, and fund a broad range of priority needs: support for scholarships, innovative programming, and recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty.