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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.


Faculty Bios


Jesus Aguilar, M.Arch Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago; BFA with Honors in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, OTIS College of Art and Design. Since 2011, Jesus has served as a Teaching Associate in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department and was the department’s Academic Mentor in 2013-2014. He has worked with Los Angeles Design and Architecture firms; The LADG and DSH// Architecture. In 2010 Jesus pursued his personal and independent interests in residential, commercial and graphic design, as Made by Jesus. Made by Jesus studio is rooted in the idea of full spectrum design and aims to bridge the multiple mediums of design; spatial, visual, and conceptual, to produce spaces, brands, and objects.

Joshua Callaghan, MFA, New Genres, University of California Los Angeles; BA Cultural Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Mr. Callaghan has had solo exhibitions at Royale Projects, Steve Turner Contemporary, Haas & Fischer, and Bank. His work has been exhibited in group shows at many venues including L&M Arts (Los Angeles), Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (NYC), Frieze New York Art Fair 2012 Sculpture Park, Galleria Fortes Vilaça (Sao Paulo), and Night Gallery (Los Angeles). His public projects can be seen in New York City, Taipei, and several communities in Southern California. He is a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design and a visual arts instructor at New Roads School.

Robert Dobbie, BFA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Dobbie is a freelance illustrator, who draws inspiration from painter Edward Hopper, Classic Disney, Film Noir and James Ellory. Clients include Hurley, American Airlines, Intel, Fox Family Channel, AFLAC, Snack King, and Murphy Design. Adjunct Professor, Communication Arts Department, Otis College of Art and Design.

Roni Feldman, MFA in Painting, Claremont Graduate University; BA in Creative Studies/Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara. Internationally exhibited painter, Mr. Feldman’s exhibitions include Yokohama Biennial, Tokyo, Japan; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey; Freies Museum, Berlin, Germany; Torrance Art Museum; Vincent Price Art Museum; Wilson Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Garboushian Gallery, Los Angeles;
Toomey-Tourell Fine Art, San Francisco. Reviewed in Art Ltd. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Jeanie Frias, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. Ms. Frias has taught painting, drawing, and college preparation courses for over 15 years.  Ms. Frias has exhibited nationally. She has taught for UCLA, Occidental College, as well as private and home school groups. As a former admissions counselor for Otis, Ms. Frias has extensive knowledge and understanding of portfolio requirements for art school admissions. She specializes in mentoring young artists towards their goal of successful application to the art college of their choice.

Janice Gomez, MFA in photography and installation, Claremont Graduate University; BA combining theater and fine art, San Francisco State University. Ms. Gomez's works have been exhibited at The University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach, Machine Project and Jaus.  She is a co-founder of Summercamp’s ProjectProject, an alternative artist run exhibition and residency space in El Sereno, Los Angeles.

Nancy Jo Haselbacher, MFA, Rhode Island School of Design; BFA, Art Institute of Boston. Ms. Haselbacher has exhibited at The Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Temple Univ., Rome, The Museum of Urban Art and Culture, Boston, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles, and The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Chan Koak, BFA in Illustration/Fine Art, Otis College of Art and Design. Ms. Koak is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has been exhibited in group shows. She has recently self-published her first illustrated children’s book. Ms. Koak currently teaches first and second semester Life Drawing classes in the Otis undergraduate program.

Tracey Kuchenski, AA Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Costume Cutter/Draper/Build team at the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, LA Opera, South Coast Repertory and Guthrie Theater.  Ms. Kuchenski has over 15 years teaching Fashion Design; specializing in Pattern Drafting, Draping and Garment construction.  Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art & Design.

Candace Lavin, MA in Education, California State University, Los Angeles; BA in Graphic Design, California State University, Northridge. Ms. Lavin is a past Dr. Toy award winner. Her professional experience includes environmental graphic design for Walt Disney Imagineering, product design of toys, collectibles, and specialty gifts for Applause, Warner Bros., and Disney. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Karl Jean Petion, MFA in Film/Video and Fine Art, California Institute of the Arts. Mr. Petion has been an Artist in Residence at the LATE Academies and Renaissance Programs in New York. He has taught art and design in various locations in Los Angeles for several years, participated in “Debating Through the Arts” at the 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles, and was recently exhibited at Lambert Fine Arts in New York.

Miguel Reyes, BA in Illustration, Otis College of Art and Design. Freelance painter, portrait artist, muralist, photographer, printer, stylist, art and fashion show producer. Vogue/Sotheby’s Fashion Illustration Award, MTA Muralist. Senior Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Norene Roxbury, AA in Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing. Freelance designer specializing in toy design, 3D prototyping and pattern making, as well as children and misses apparel, and illustrated presentations. Former Plush Toy and Doll Designer and Creative Manager at Applause/Dakin for many years managing gift licensed brand products for Children’s Television Workshop, Warner Bros., Disney, and Universal Studios.  Ms. Roxbury has worked freelance for Mattel, Disney, Warner Brothers, Hanna Barbera, Paramount Pictures Playmates Toys, Funrise, Munchkin, Uncle Milton's, MGAE, Strottman International, Messex Industries for Hot Topic. She is currently a Sr. Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design and has taught here for the last 14 years.

Luis Ruiz, BFA Computer Animation (3D), Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Ruiz has worked in the multimedia industry for over ten years. TV production work includes the History Channel, A&E, MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central. He has created background animations for Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin and others. A recent product designer for Mattel Toys, Mr. Ruiz has also done freelance work for Spinmaster, Yahoo, Nintendo of America, and Thomson Reuters. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.

Yael Samuel, degree. Published in Nashim: Women in the Visual Arts: “Meredith Monk: Between Time and Timelessness in Book of Days." Artists’ books text editor and production associate for Edition JS, including works by Marina Abromovic’, Guillermo Kuitca, Gabriel Orozco, Meredith Monk, Miroslaw Balka, Dan Graham, Andrea Zittel, and Chris Burden. 10,000 Kites Executive Director, a 2004-5 project in partnership with Israeli and Palestinian artists and educators to encourage dialogue through mutual artistic creations. Yael has been teaching part-time at Otis since Fall 2005.

Mayuka Thais, BFA, Otis College of Art and Design. A contemporary artist, Miss Mayuka is a bilingual multi-cultural artist, edutainer and art educator who specializes in teaching International School and multi-national students. She has led songwriting classes for at-risk youths involved in San Fernando Valley's NPO Youth Speak Collective Program. At the age of nine, she won her first Art Award from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. A published Art Educator, she is the recipient of Eco Arts Awards for her songs and music videos on animal conservation and ecology. Her most recent song was featured in an Independent Hollywood film, "Half Way to Hell."

Christopher Warner, MFA, University of Colorado, Boulder; BA, Gonzaga University, Spokane. Mr. Warner was a recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Regional Fellowship, 1990. His work has been exhibited widely with numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the Western US. Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design.

Scott Zaragoza, BFA Studies in Painting and Drawing, Otis College of Art and Design. Mr. Zaragoza has been in solo exhibitions at the Salon Gallery, London, U.K. and group shows in both the U.K and Los Angeles including George Billis Gallery. His work has been included in the prestigious Gilbert B. Silverman and was recently featured in Flaunt Magazine Nov, 2014 issue. Lecturer, Otis College of Art and Design.