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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.


Concentric Conversations Series

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

OTIS Graduate Public Practice Program Presents Concentric Conversations, Voice: Critical Pedagogy and Public Practice, February 25-27, 2011


LOS ANGELES – February 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program welcomes educational theorist Christopher Robbins as the keynote presenter for Voice: Critical Pedagogy and Public Practice, the latest offering in the Concentric Conversations dialogic event series. Robbins will facilitate discussions between artists and educators during a weekend focused on the philosophical underpinnings of critical pedagogy in relationship to public practice in art. Guided by the writings of critical pedagogy scholar Henry Giroux and other educational theorists and activists, the weekend’s conversations, case studies by artists, and public presentations will explore the common pedagogical ground between art and education. Voice is free and open to the public.

Participating artists and educators in this Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27 event include Otis faculty members S.A. Bachman, Krista Caballero, and Malik Gaines; Karla Diaz of Slanguage; Sean Dockray and Caleb Waldorf of Public School; Ken Ehrlich, Ashley Hunt, and Unique Holland of the Alameda County Department of Education; Chris Johnson and Dont Rhine of Ultra-red; and Otis MFA students speaking on their project Dismantled.

Christopher Robbins is Associate Professor of Social Foundations at Eastern Michigan University. His research interests include critical and public pedagogy, the interrelationships of social and educational policy, racism and racial inequality, and the impacts of criminalization and militarization on schools and public culture. He is the author of Expelling Hope: The Assault on Youth and the Militarization of Schooling (SUNY, 2008).

Organized by Suzanne Lacy and Sara Daleiden of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Public Practice Program, the Concentric Conversations series encourages discourse among Los Angeles cultural practitioners. The Graduate Public Practice Program is the only educational curriculum in the Southern California region dedicated exclusively to providing artists with advanced skills for working in the public sphere, focusing both on collaborative and individual art production.

For further information about the Graduate Program contact:
Otis Graduate Public Practice Program
1657 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 846-2610


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.