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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.



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

Mark G. Parker to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Prestigious Art School In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – (April 30, 2009) – Mark G. Parker, president and chief executive officer, Nike Inc. will attend Otis College of Art and Design’s 2009 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 in Los Angeles. Parker will give the Commencement address and will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Otis College, LA’s first art institute, established in 1918.

“Nike’s long-time support of Otis College, and Mark’s on-going advocacy of young art and design talent, make him the perfect choice to inspire our graduates and their families on this important occasion,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design. “I speak on behalf of the entire Otis College community when I say that Mark Parker - an artist, designer and collector in his own right - truly honors us with his presence at Commencement this year. He shares our conviction that art and design matters socially, culturally and economically.”

Mark Parker has 30 years of extensive Nike experience, across a broad range of leadership roles, from product design and development, to marketing and brand management. Joining the company in 1979 as a designer, Parker has been involved in many of the company's most significant product breakthroughs. He is widely recognized as the product visionary for the Nike Air franchise, as well as many other industry-leading product design and performance innovations. Prior to leading the Nike brand during a period of strong growth and financial performance, Parker successfully ran the company's multibillion-dollar footwear and apparel businesses.

As a designer and CEO, Parker drives innovation and growth across Nike Inc.'s global business portfolio, which includes Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley International and UMBRO. Parker also is focused on continuing to develop leadership talent in the company to support Nike's long-term growth.

Mark G. Parker is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys traveling, being active with his family in an array of non-competitive sports including running, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and sailing. He also continues his passion for sketching, drawing, painting and collecting art.

Previous Otis College Commencement speakers and/or honorary degree recipients include artists David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Beatrice Woods, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin and Bill Viola; architects Frank Gehry, Cliff May and John Lautner; designers Ray Eames, Saul Bass, and Jay Chiat; choreographer Bella Lewitzky, author/curator Richard Martin, costume designer Bob Mackie, actor Cheech Marin and singer/songwriter Graham Nash.

Otis College of Art and Design’s 2009 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, near LAX. Over 250 students from the College’s eleven undergraduate programs and three graduate programs will receive BFA and MFA degrees. This year marks the first time the College will award degrees in Graduate Public Practice.


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.