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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.


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About Otis
Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.

At Otis we promote excellence, innovation, and rigor in education within a caring, collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to be individualistic, passionate, and joyful in their approach to art and design.

As Los Angeles’ first independent professional school of art and design, Otis College is located on the west side of Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California’s creative community. The nearby coastal communities of Venice, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica are home to many of Los Angeles’ most important art and design studios, as well as headquarters for many leading film, digital imaging, and toy companies.

Admissions Welcomes You...
Throughout your Otis experience, the Admissions office is available to answer questions about Otis and applying to a college of art and design. All Summer of Art students are invited to drop in any weekday at 4:00pm to speak with an Admissions Counselor and receive an informal portfolio review.

Otis BFA Scholarship Award

One accepted Otis undergraduate applicant who completes the Summer of Art program with outstanding artistic and academic achievement and meets the Otis GPA requirement will be selected to receive an $80,000 scholarship award towards tuition for Otis College of Art and Design, to be paid out over the course of four years.

“It’s a great place to grow and make art! People here want to make work. Students and teachers drive me to develop ideas and process them.” -- Alexa Nakumura, Recipient of the 2014 inaugural Otis Summer of Art Alumni BFA Scholarship Award

Main Campus
All courses, with the exception of Fashion Design, are held at the Otis’ Elaine and Bram Goldsmith main campus.

Fashion Campus
Fashion students travel by courtesy shuttle to Otis’ campus at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles three days per week.

Access to the following labs is determined based on specific Summer of Art Specialization Courses:

Computer Center with the latest Mac OS and Windows workstations including large format scanners, digital projectors, and wide-format color printers

Frederick Monhoff Printing Lab

Letterpress Studio

Photography Lab and Lighting Studio

Video Lab

Wood, Model, and Metal Shops

All students have access to:

Abe and Helen Bolsky Gallery
Exhibits include student work

Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibits include local and international artists

The café provides a diverse menu that includes hot entrées, salads, and snacks. The campus is within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores.

Millard Sheets Library
The library houses approximately 40,000 volumes, including books, exhibition catalogs, and DVDs, and maintains over 150 current periodical subscriptions, mostly in areas of Visual Arts. Summer of Art students may use the library, but are not eligible to check out materials.