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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.


High Tech Uniform Designs Propel Olympians to Gold

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

2012 Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross takes the Gold in a Nike Pro TurboSpeed Kit. Otis College of Art and Design alumnus Scott Williams on Nike innovation and Olympic apparel.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Aug. 10, 2012 - Nike’s 2012 Olympic Track and Field Team Apparel carries the tag “Engineered to the exact specifications of championship athletes,” and Sanya Richards-Ross, the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal Champion in the 400-meter, was wearing a Nike Pro TurboSpeed kit as she crossed the finish line.

Scott Williams, a graduate of Otis College of Art and Design, is Nike’s Creative Director of Sport Innovation and Olympics, and he recently spoke with the editors of Cool Hunting about Nike’s fastest uniforms to date.

The culmination of 12 years of research and more than 1,000 hours of wind tunnel testing, the new streamlined Olympic Kit is what Nike calls a “zero distraction” garment. Scanning technology maps of athletes’ bodies to the nearest millimeter ensured that the uniforms fit like a second skin. Using what Nike calls “Zoned Aerodynamics” to redirect air in targeted areas, the garment works like the surface of a golf ball, with dimpled swaths of “AeroSwift” fabric used to “trip” air on the limbs, which can reach speeds of up to 47 MPH at peak performance. The full-body tracksuit actually adds speed to the skin.

Williams explained that Nike studied hundreds of textures when designing the uniforms, focusing on aesthetics, aerodynamics, and environmental sustainability. The impressive results marry form and function from a detailed data-driven process. The seamless look accentuates the physique, and white patches on the arms and legs of the uniforms will flicker at high speeds giving spectators an added visual.

Among many other projects, Scott Williams has been involved with the Nike Innovation Team of sportswear designers who came up with the so-called "Pre-Core Vest," intended to lower an athlete's core body temperature before long races. The vest debuted at the 2004 Olympics, and has been an evolving technological concept since its introduction.

In 2002, Williams returned to Otis College of Art and Design as a mentor for students in the Fashion Design Department, sharing his cutting-edge design skills and knowledge base, and instructing students in the finer points of designing for a leading innovator in materials research and apparel construction. Scott mentored students again this past year on a project designing prototypes for running, beach volleyball, and basketball apparel for the London 2012 Olympics.

Fashion Design BFA Program
The Fashion Design Department at Otis trains students in all aspects of the design process, offering a fully accredited BFA degree. The school year follows the industry schedule and several seasons are designed simultaneously. Working with professional mentors, students learn far more than the skills needed to sew and draw: they experience all facets of the industry, and they learn to meet deadlines with creativity and self-discipline. Otis Fashion alumni enter the design world as assistant designers, associate designers, illustrators, costume designers, textile designers, accessory designers, and product designers. Some open their own clothing line immediately upon graduation.


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.