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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.


Clubs and Organizations

Club Uber

Club Uber provides up to 3 monetary reimbursements per semester to students for the purpose of sourcing art supplies, visiting museums as required for class activity, or for grocery shopping. Club Uber locations are approved by a student run group on campus that meets weekly to decide how the club should be faciliated, including the adding or removal of approved destinations. If you want to be part of the group that contributes to destinational decisions, contact Deborah @ hjk_100@hotmail.com

Dirty Deeds Gardening Club

The purpose of this organization is to give the opportunity to learn about gardening and sustainable living. The club seeks to raise acknowledgement about environmental matters among students. - Contact - Jasmin  @ jasmin.druffner@gmail.com

Exhibition and Curatorial Club (ECC)

The Exhibition Curatorial Club at Otis promotes a stronger community of art students on the Otis Campus. The club provides students with an opportunity to curate and display artwork for exhibitions. Room 107 in the Galef Center serves as gallery space and the exhibitions will coincide with the Graduate shows held in the Bolsky. Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu


GLOW (glOw) is a group of students who are dedicated to providing a place where those who like electronic dance music can bring together their passion for music and culture. Contact - Phoenix at miphenx@gmail.com

Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu
Contact - Drew at ddavis1@student.otis.edu
Identity—Otis Gay Straight Alliance

An organization designed to promote awareness and educate the Otis community about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and alternative sex and gender cultures. The group encourages acceptance, tolerance and self-pride within the Otis Community. Contact -Phoebe Kobabe at stolennoodle@gmail.com -or- Maya at mayagracej@gmail.com. The group has a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OTISIDCLUB?fref=ts

Otis Christian Club (OCC)

The Otis Christian Club is a group of individuals who form a family through the love of Christ. The club holds weekly gatherings for worship, sermons, and fellowship to create an environment of comfort. We dedicate ourselves to grow in our faith as a group as well as our individual relationships with God. Contact - Eden at edensunminpark@gmail.com Our Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/212891492185942/

Otis Mindfulness Group

Otis Mindfulness Group provides students and staff at Otis an option to practice mindfulness based meditation on campus. The club offers a guided meditation and the opportunity to discuss how the practice of mindfulness can enhance day-to-day life. Contact Adam Blsh @ apblish@gmail.com

Otis Surf Assocation (OSA)

The Otis Surf Association is dedicated to the belief that surfing is fun and good. It provides a chance for people to acknowledge the planet we live on and our role as its inhabitants. We as an association accept any member that is in support of surfing or the ocean, be they surfers, photographers, or any type of artist or enthusiast. Contact Hunter @ hculberson@student.otis.edu

Ozine Media

OZINE Media will collaborates with OZINE, the LAS class, to be the digital news hub for all Otis students, aiding in the transformation of Otis College from a commuter school to a true creative community with a residential life. Contact - Jose at jvaldezhernandez@student.otis.edu

Under the Baobab Tree (UBT)

Dedicated to the retention of African and Latin descended students at Otis College of Art and Design. UBT offers a safe forum for the sharing of experiences, ideas and narratives. The club provides support mechanisms that will strengthen connection between students and their peers as well as students and Otis faculty, in an effort to increase the opportunity for graduation. - Contact - Noah at  noahshumes@gmail.com


Club/Organization Recognition Online Form

If you are interested in creating a new club/organization on campus, please submit an Application. The request will be forwarded to Mike Luna, Director of Student Activities. If you have questions, please contact 310.846.2595.