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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.


Teaching Tolerance and Respect in Los Angeles Through Stories and Narrative Art

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

Educational initiative addresses bullying, racial profiling, and social injustice; a Museum of Tolerance and Otis College of Art and Design partnership.
Nick Edinger Sketches
Nick Edinger Sketches

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 26, 2012 - Civic engagement and social responsibility drive the mission and curriculum of Otis College of Art and Design. Partnering with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, educators from Otis have developed a course of study focusing on sequential art and storytelling to address critical social issues facing society today.

"Using storytelling to get the point across has long been an effective way to keep an audience engaged and interested in a subject," says Otis faculty member Candace Lavin. "Working with the Museum of Tolerance on such a powerful initiative is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about the history of these issues while using their creative skills to develop art that educates and aims to transform society."

Working in teams, students will develop allegorical scripts that take on issues such as cyberbullying, social profiling, or censorship, and devise ways to illustrate the story through trans-disciplinary methods. The end result may be anything from a graphic novel or animation, to sequential art rendered in sculpture, painting, or mixed media. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring.

Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program provides all BFA students at Otis with collaborative and community experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of their major. 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, and implementing real-world solutions. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and to respond creatively to community challenges.

About the Museum of Tolerance
Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. http://www.museumoftolerance.com


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.