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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.


Emerging Talent in Product Design at Industry Gallery

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

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LOS ANGELES – May 11, 2011 – Industry Gallery at the Pacific Design Center presents a special exhibition of work by Otis College of Art and Design Product Design students. The works were juried by Otis Product Design Department Chair Steve McAdam, Otis Product Design Department Assistant Chair Michael Kollins, and noted design expert Christopher Mount, previously the curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and former Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine.

The exhibition opening reception is on Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Otis student work will be on view through Friday, July 8. The exhibition will be held in Exhibition Space B-270, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, 90069. All items in this survey of Otis Product Design student work are available for purchase.

"The Otis/Industry Gallery collaboration at the Pacific Design Center offers our Product Design students a tremendous opportunity to showcase and sell their work in soft and hard goods design in a professional environment," says Steve McAdam. "One of the most important elements of the Product Design Program at Otis is to position students and their work in a real world context," he notes. "The opportunity to be in the PDC community, to be assessed by professionals they are designing products for, and to be in an environment like Industry Gallery provides exactly that type of experience."

"Emerging talent in design, art, fashion and other disciplines, is what collectors, curators, media, trend analysts and others pay close attention to," explains Craig Appelbaum, owner of Industry Gallery. "It's where we find excitement, raw and bold ideas, and new ways of interacting with our environment. I wanted to highlight and celebrate the remarkable creativity of the emerging designers coming out of Otis. I'm honored to be working with Otis' Product Design Department on this endeavor and look forward to introducing this outstanding work to visitors to our Southern California Industry Gallery venue."


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.