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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.


Omage '08


Contact: Otis Communications Director: Margi Reeve mreeve@otis.edu or Marlena Donohue mdonohue@otis.edu Images available at archive.otis.edu/press

Omage '08 exhibition at Track 16 Gallery, August 2-30



Otis artists, designers and writers featured in “Omage ‘08” at Track 16 Gallery, August 2-30, 2008
Coinciding with a variety of celebratory events and exhibitions that commemorate Otis’ 90th anniversary, Omage ‘08: The Artists, Designers, and Writers of Otis College of Art, an exhibition of work by Otis’ distinguished faculty, opens Saturday, August 2, 6-9 pm at Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Complex, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Featuring work by more than 60 artists, designers, and writers, the exhibition is guest-curated by Lisa Melandri, Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art.
Since 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has maintained a position of excellence and a high profile regionally and internationally as an institution that educates creators and thinkers. At the core is its exceptional faculty. In addition to their proven dedication as educators, Otis faculty members are exhibited globally and are recognized fine artists, architects and designers, as well as widely published authors, poets and critics.

According to Otis President Samuel Hoi, “Otis faculty members help students take their places in the world as successful creative professionals. Guided and nurtured by teachers who have traveled that same road, students define their own vision and chart a path to achieve their goals. Through inspired teaching, these future artists and designers catch hold of their dreams.”
Participants include Debra Ballard, Maura Bendett, Marcie Begleiter, Beatrice Mousli Bennett, Guy Bennett, Adam Berg, Beverly Bledsoe, Ann
Bray, Linda Burnham, Carole Caroompas, Cole Case, Chris Chapin, Melissa Clark, Tracy Colby, Meg Cranston, Abdelali Dahrouch, Jacci Den Hartog, Marlena Donohue, Roy Dowell, Dana Duff, Art Durinski, Bill Fogg, Peter Gadol, Rosi Gabl, Gary Geraths, Parme Giuntini, Arloa Goldstone (’08), Scott Grieger, Kathryn Hagen (’99), Nancy Hasselbacher , Erin Hauber, Marsha Hopkins (’97), Marjan Hormozi, Linda Hudson, Michele Jacquis, Annetta Kapon (’85), Soo Kim, Suzanne Lacy, Randy Lavender, Joyce Lightbody, Barbara Maloutas (’03), Helena Min, Chris Mounger, Patrick Nickell, Kali Nikitas, Joan Ogawa-Takayama, Renée Petropoulos, Katie Philips, Ave Pildas, Kiki Samarcelli (’74), Rich Shelton, Alex Slade, Rob Sprujit (’01), Jim Starrett, Kerri Steinberg, Pat Stiles, Ann Summa, J.T Steiny (’84), Holly Tempo, Paul Vangelisti, Jean-Marie Venturini (’06), Chris Warner, John White, Rush White, and Michael Wright.

RELATED EVENTS (free and open to the public)
Saturday, August 2, 6 to 9 pm Opening Reception
Saturday, August 16, 7 to 9 pm Panel Discussion: Collapsing Boundaries Otis faculty members and arts professionals discuss current art/design
Saturday, August 23, 7 to 9 pm Otis Authors Read
Saturday, August 30, 6 to 9 pm Closing Reception
For images, please visit archive.otis.edu/press
For more information on Otis 90th Anniversary events, please visit archive.otis.edu/homecoming


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.