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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.


Jeunes Talents Exhibition

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

FRENCH CITIES AS VIEWED BY LOCAL ARTISTS: Accomplished Students from Otis Depict Modern France Through Photography
Jeunes Talents

Jeunes Talents 2009 Exhibition Opens March 27 in West Hollywood

WHAT: Eight talented art students were invited to spend ten days in four vibrant French cities –Biarritz, Lyon, Montpellier and Antibes.  Two of the students chosen are from Otis.  Amanda Keller Konya and Tasha Moore are both Master of Fine Art candidates at Otis. 

Based on their experiences in France, the young artists were asked to produce a series of photographs representing their feelings and personal understanding of the regions that they visited. Their best work will be displayed in West Hollywood at a group exhibition titled, Jeunes Talents (or “Young Talents”) 2009.

WHO: A joint initiative of Maison de la France and the French Cultural Services in Los Angeles, with participation by three Los Angeles-area art colleges: Art Center College of Design, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Otis College of Art and Design, in addition to Loyola University, New Orleans. Sponsorship provided by Air Tahiti Nui, Rail Europe and FLAX, France Los Angeles Exchange.

WHERE: Louis Stern Fine Arts, 9002 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069  

WHEN: Jeunes Talents opens to the general public on Friday, March 27 and runs through April 11, 2009.  Gallery hours
Tuesday - Friday, 
10:00am -  6:00pm;
 11:00am - 5:00pm.  (A VIP and press opening is set for Thursday, March 26 from 6 to 8pm.)


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.