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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.


Rooftop Drive-In Movies at Otis College of Art and Design


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

With support from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Otis’ Creative Action Program combines community engagement and education to deliver unique integrated learning experiences.

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 28, 2013

 Otis College of Art and Design’s Creative Action Program and Student Affairs present the 1ST Annual Drive-In of the Living Dead on top of the main parking structure on Wednesday, October 30th at 7:00pm. 1stDriveIn_3The first film in a series of educational screenings of culturally significant films is George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead. A lecture by Morgan Woolsey will begin at 7:00pm, followed by classic trailers, and the film will begin at 7:30pm.

Originally released in 1968, Night of the Living Dead was met with heavy criticism for its explicit content and shocking subject matter. The film eventually garnered enough critical acclaim to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a work deemed culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant.

According to Richard Shelton, Director of Creative Action, “Otis recently acquired a radio transmitter, and we are creating a unique public forum that is both educational and fun. Students are learning how to manage a large-scale event, they are learning about broadcast radio technology and communications, and using their art and design skills to focus on aesthetics. They will study classic film while delivering a culturally enriching event to the community.”

The Creative Action Program at Otis College of Art and Design is an educational initiative comprised of a series of collaborative and community experiences. Students work in trans-disciplinary teams in tandem with a community and/or corporate partner. They focus on team building, researching and addressing the needs of their partners as well as implementing real-world solutions when possible. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and respond to community challenges using students’ diverse visions.

Partners of the Creative Action Program have included Friends of Ballona Wetlands, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, the Museum of Tolerance, Homeboy Industries, and Loyola Village Elementary School.

Drive-In of the Living Dead: A screening of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead

Lecture by Morgan Woolsey (PhD Candidate in Musicology at UCLA and expert on horror soundtracks and gender)

October 30, 2013 - 7:00pm

Otis College of Art and Design
9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Those with cars will be able to park on top of the Otis parking structure and watch the film projected onto the 35-foot movie screen that will be hung on Ahmanson Hall. There will also be an area roped off on the top of the parking structure for those without cars that would like to bring blankets and chairs. Tune in to FM 96.1 to hear the film through your car or boom box radio. There will be a FREE concession stand set up with popcorn, lemonade, and hotdogs.

Parking will be open at 5:30pm and once you are in, there will be no exiting until the screening has finished at approximately 9:45pm. A lecture will be given at 7:00pm by Morgan Woolsey and will conclude at 7:20pm. Classic trailers will be shown from 7:20-7:30pm and the film will begin at 7:30pm.

This event is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Dress as a zombie and receive all the food you can eat.


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.