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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.


Christopher Knight and Rick Lowe in Residence

Christopher Knight
Christopher Knight
Rick Lowe
Rick Lowe



WHO: Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times is the 2009/10 visiting critic in Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. In his course, titled Criticism, Journalism and Looking @ Art, Knight tells Otis students “Eclecticism is a virtue. For journalistic art criticism, which encounters an unlimited range of art and art-related events, it is also essential.”
WHAT: Criticism, Journalism and Looking @ Art, a public lecture. Otis College is presenting this lecture in conjunction with the Santa Monica College Art Department.
Event is generously sponsored by the SMC Associates.
WHEN: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Broad Stage, Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 Directions and parking information at http://thebroadstage.com/index.php/193
More Information: Press Release (PDF)





WHO: Artist and community activist Rick Lowe is the Visual Artist-in-Residence for the Spring 2010 semester at Otis, supported by the Nimoy Foundation. Lowe, who founded Project Row Houses - considered the
most impressive and visionary public art project in the country - will work with Otis students to help them understand artists’ larger roles and potential contribution within a community.
WHAT: Towards Social Sculpture: A Conversation with Rick Lowe
WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
7pm Reception, 7:30pm Lecture
WHERE: The Forum at Ahmanson Hall, Otis College Of Art And Design (Goldsmith campus, near LAX) 9045 Lincoln Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045
More Information: Press Release (PDF)


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.