Otis College of Art and Design logo
  • 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.


Academic Excellence: Caroline Fullerton

Impact on your Work/Life?
My four years have undoubtedly given me all the skills and tools I need to realize my dream as a product designer; but even more so, Otis has shaped who I am (as friend, sister, daughter) in unimaginable ways.

I was born in Hørsholm, Denmark, and moved to Beaverton, Oregon, with my family. I consider both my hometowns.

Why Otis?
I was drawn to Otis’ energy, location, and people.

Your thesis project?
I believe that when people feel comfortable, they feel selfconfident. With an empathetic, user-centric approach, I provide comfort to the consumer. Comfort can be functional, physical or psychological. Understanding and identifying the specific areas of users’ discomfort determines if the design is a tangible or intangible solution.

Interesting things you did outside of school?
I regularly danced around my apartment with my roommates to take small breaks while doing homework.

Favorite place in L.A.?
The beach and viewpoints from hikes like Griffith Observatory.

What’s next?
I just finished a product design internship with a company called LOOPTWORKS, based in Portland, and am now working as a material designer at Nike.

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
When I was a little girl, I would sit on the floor and cut out paper hearts using just my toes.

Information/tips to share with future students?
Enjoy it while it lasts! Four years sounds like a long time, but it flies by. Be an amazing student but explore and try to do, see, and eat as many new, unusual, and exciting things as possible.