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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.


2008 Creative Economy Report


Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries




Los Angeles, CA. October 1, 2008—Artists, designers and “creative types” drive the diverse economy of the Los Angeles region, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).  Data shows that “creativity” is the #2 business sector in Los Angeles and Orange County, generating nearly 1 million jobs and over $100 billion in sales/receipts from the arts, design and entertainment industries combined.  (Tourism and Hospitality is the # 1 business sector in the Los Angeles region.)

These findings and more were revealed today at a presentation of the 2008 Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, hosted by Otis College of Art and Design which commissioned the report to put real numbers to the business of creativity.  “Our goal is to spotlight this under-recognized driver of the regional economy,” said Samuel Hoi, President of Otis College.  “Our hope is that business, cultural, civic, legislative, philanthropic, educational, and community leader will join to foster creativity as a sustaining force in our region.”

Other findings in the report:
•    more than $3.8 billion in state tax revenues are generated from this business sector in Los Angeles and Orange County
•    jobs in architecture, landscape design and interior design are up over 30%; jobs in furniture and home furnishings are down by more than 20%
•    the entertainment industry does not dominate the creativity sector of Los Angeles, but represents 38% of all creative jobs in the county


Read the full report


The 2008 Creative Economy report was presented by Dr. Nancy D. Sidhu, Vice President and Senior Economist of The Kyser Center for Economic Research at the LAEDC.  “The Los Angeles region is a country-sized nation,” said Sidhu, “and 1 out of 10 jobs in the region is, directly or indirectly, a creative industries job.”

A lively panel discussion on L.A.’s creative future, moderated by Val Zavala of KCET, followed the report.  Panelists were Robert Eckert, Chairman and CEO of Mattel. Inc, Michael Alexander, Executive Director, Grand Performances and former Chairman of the California Arts Council, Kelly McDowell, Mayor of El Segundo, Roger Wyett, President and CEO of Hurley International, and Laura Zucker, Executive Director of Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

“The Los Angeles region is fortunate in that we don’t need to will creativity into being,” said Hoi in closing.  “It is already a resource in our midst.  But it cannot be taken for granted.  Its persistence demands careful investment.  To be competitive in the world and in this age of
ideas and innovation, we must embrace creativity in our schools and in our workplaces.”


Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Adobe, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.

Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; the Graduate Studios are in nearby Culver City, and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.