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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.


Otis College Receives NEA Grant

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

Otis College of Art and Design Receives NEW Grant For Creative Economy Advocacy


LOS ANGELES – June 7, 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design has received an award of $75,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the creation and implementation of innovative digital initiatives and public events in 2011-12 that will increase awareness and advocacy for Southern California's creative economy locally, nationally, and internationally.

Since 2007, Otis has commissioned The Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, the first and only report to focus on the arts, design, and entertainment industries as a combined economic force in Southern California. The Otis Report reveals that these industries are a driving economic engine for the Southern California region. The 2010 Otis Report stated a creative economy impact of $127 billion in sales/receipts in the Los Angeles region and more than $4.6 billion in state and local tax revenues. In addition, almost one in every six people in the region is directly or indirectly employed in a creative field.

With the support of the NEA grant, Otis will deepen its capacity to connect diverse audiences with the findings of the Report and motivate these audiences to engage in economic and cultural change. Of particular interest is the Millennial Generation, otherwise known as Gen Y, (ages 18-30), a group already the focus of Otis' Up^Shift awareness campaign. The Otis' NEA-funded initiative will also pointedly reach out to Otis alumni and current students.

"Otis is honored to receive this grant from the NEA, as it validates the importance of the findings of The Otis Report on the Creative Economy: the arts sector is indisputably a veritable powerhouse in the economy of the Los Angeles region," notes Otis College of Art and Design President Samuel Hoi. "This project is directly in line with NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman's "Art works" initiative and substantiates the fact that "arts jobs are real jobs that are part of the real economy" and that "art contributes to economic growth, neighborhood revitalization, and the livability of American towns and cities" (www.arts.gov/artworks). We commend Chairman Landesman's vision to proactively support initiatives that enhance healthy connections between art, design, and strategic economic and cultural growth."

Otis is one of 1,145 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations awarded a grant in the federal agency's second round for 2011. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support projects nationwide.

An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. "NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts," says NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts."

About The National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.



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.