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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.


Charta Donates 101 Quality Art Publications to Otis College of Art and Design


Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu

Otis College of Art and Design’s Millard Sheets Library is one of the few prestigious libraries around the world selected by Charta to receive a gift through its 101 Exceptional Books Program

Los Angeles, CA, December 17, 2003 - Otis College of Art and Design’s Millard Sheets Library joins other prestigious libraries around the world selected by Charta to receive 101 quality art publications. Otis Board of Governors Chair Fred Fisher, and Charta founder Giuseppe Liverani arranged the generous donation. 

Headquartered in Milan, Charta is a highly respected publishing house with a 360-degree perspective on art: painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, fashion, and artist writings, distributed both nationally and internationally. Charta’s library donation program consists of 101 books selected from their catalogue that boasts nearly 900 publications. Past recipients include the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam (Cuba), and National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare. 

“Charta’s generous donation is a wonderful addition to our library which already includes over 45,000 books focused primarily in broad areas of art and design,” said Sue Maberry, Otis’ Director of Library and Instructional Technology, “Among our holdings are a special collection of 3,000 artists' books, which include works by important contemporary artists such as Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, and Vito Acconci. Charta’s books, especially those by contemporary Italian and Chinese artists such as Constantin Nivola and Zhang Huan, will significantly round out our collection.”

 “Charta believes strongly in supporting and educating the next generation of artists and designers,” said Liverani, “We are thrilled that our titles will now be available to and appreciated by Otis students, faculty and the larger community that visit the library.”


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.