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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 Report on the Creative Economy to be Released at Google's New YouTube Space LA

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

Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region at Google's new YouTube Space LA, December 4, 2012 from 3-6 PM.

LOS ANGELES, CA, Nov. 30, 2012 - Otis College of Art and Design will release the 2012 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region on December 4, 2012 from 3 - 6 PM Pacific Standard Time at Google's new YouTube Space LA.

This event will be one of the first hosted at Google's new production facility, called the YouTube Space LA, in Playa Vista. The Space will serve as a collaborative, creative facility where YouTube partners can collaborate with fellow creators, learn from industry experts, and access state-of-the-art equipment that will help catalyze the creative community both on and offline.

This is the sixth year that Otis College of Art and Design, working with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, will publish an extensive annual research project mapping the creative economy of the Los Angeles region.

As reported in the 2011 Otis Report, the combined economic impact of the arts, design, and entertainment industries accounted for one out of eight jobs in 2010 with a total economic impact of $201.1 billion in L.A and Orange Counties. The jobs and revenues the creative economy brings to the L.A. region are significant. It is also clear that creativity has its roots in arts education, where instruction in specific arts disciplines spurs imagination and innovation, and develops the higher skills necessary to thrive in a market place increasingly driven by originality.

The 2012 Otis report comes at a time of transition for creative industries. In our information and technology driven culture, digital distribution and online content consumption are on the rise, and the new creative skill set reflects the dominance of web-based platforms and new technologies.

"Creativity is a defining resource of Southern California that cannot be easily outsourced," says Otis President Samuel Hoi. "Leaders from multiple sectors must come together to consider our region's future and proactively invest in the creative economy. We cannot imagine a place with more creative energy and drive than Google's YouTube Space LA to release the findings of this year's Otis Report. We look forward to a stimulating group discussion."

The event at Google is an invitation-only leadership gathering, and will also serve as a convening of the Creative Economy Convergence Task Force, a leadership group formed to promote education and policy that supports the creative economy of the Los Angeles region. Guests will interact and share ideas with fellow leaders and entrepreneurs across several sectors.

Since 1918, Otis College of Art and Design has played a pivotal role in developing the creative economy of L.A. With training programs in Fine Arts, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, Fashion Design, and more, Otis has been a leading force in creative design and the arts for nearly 100 years. Graduates of Otis College of Art and Design continue to be in the vanguard of the cultural and entrepreneurial life of the region.

Scheduled presenters include:

Robert Kleinhenz, Chief Economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, will present the highlights from the 2012 Otis Report and discuss the five-year trends in our region.

Ann Markusen, noted research economist and the author of the commissioned piece that accompanies the 2012 Otis Report, City Creative Industry Strategies, will present national models of city strategies to stimulate and support the creative sector.

Mark Lacter, editor of LA Biz Observed and a contributor to the Los Angeles Magazine, Fast Company and Financial Times, will present his reflections on our regional creative economy and moderate a conversation of the room.

Supporters of the event include Google, Mattel, Boeing, CAbi, City National Bank, Coaster Fine Furniture, Disney, Hurley, The James Irvine Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Miss Me, Nike, Ovation, San Pedro Wholesale Mart , Sony Pictures, and more.


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.