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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 Symposium Draws International Design Stars to Los Angeles

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

Otis College of Art and Design will host its bi-annual symposium, Untitled: Variations in Design Practice, Saturday, June 16, 2012, 11 AM – 5 PM. This event is open to the public with limited seating.

Los Angeles, CA June 13, 2012

Otis College of Art and Design brings internationally recognized guests and attendees to its bi-annual design symposium. Kali Nikitas, Chair of Otis Graduate Graphic Design, brought together designers, artists, and educators from around the world whose work exemplifies alternative practice and innovative collaboration. “One of the great highlights of the MFA Graphic Design Program is hosting incredible talent for workshops and lectures,” says Nikitas. “There is no better way for our students to start their summer session. The energy generated is infectious when committed designers, artists, educators, and students come together ... magic!”


Ludovic Balland (Basel, Switzerland) – Award-winning Swiss type specialist known for his innovative typographical investigations and editorial design.

Hugo Puttaert of Vision and Factory (Brussels, Belgium) - Graphic designer, educator, and editor who investigates the crossovers between graphic design, typography, new media, architecture, and art. Teaches at Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

James Goggin of Practise (Chicago/ UK) - Design Director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, working across various media: from typefaces, visual identities, and stationery, to exhibition design, mobile platforms, video, and textile design.

Hanjse van Halem (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – Installation artist, curator, and graphic designer whose books, typography, and drawings make use of geometric patterns and pen illustrations in combination with traditional Dutch graphic design craftsmanship.

Boy Vereecken (Brussels, Belgium) - Editorial designer, researcher, and publisher interested in semiotics of design and editing. Boy runs a studio in Brussels, is a member of the Slavs and Tartars Art Collective, and is Advising Researcher in the design department of Sint Lucas Antwerp College of Art.

Peter Bil’ak (The Hague, Netherlands) – An important figure in Dutch design who focuses on editorial, graphic, and type design, Peter teaches at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, writes for various magazines, and lectures frequently on design-related topics.

Jan en Randoald (Gent, Belgium) – Partner in the collaborative studio of Randoald Sabbe and Jan W. Hespeel that specializes in graphic design, typography, prints, and other artistic explorations.

The symposium was made possible in part by a generous grant from The Consulate General of the Netherlands.


Saturday, June 16, 2012
11:00 AM – 5 PM
Party and Swap Up Shop Immediately Following at 5 PM.

Otis College of Art and Design
Goldsmith Campus
9045 Lincoln boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Free, park in the main parking structure level A and above, or street parking.

Space is limited to 100 seats, reservations on a first come first serve basis.
To reserve a space, please email Barbara Edison: bedison(at)otis(dot)edu

Founded in Los Angeles in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich the world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision. The College offers an interdisciplinary education for 1200 full-time students, awarding BFA degrees in Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Product Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture/New Genres, and Toy Design; and MFA degrees in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing. Continuing Education offers certificate programs as well as personal and professional development courses. Additional information is available at http://www.otis.edu.


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.