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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.


College-Wide Initiatives

The following are some college-wide initiatives:

  • Paper, Aluminum Cans, and Plastic/Glass bottles are sorted in recycle bins throughout the Goldsmith campus.
  • Lighting is 100% efficient ballast & T8/T12 efficient flourescent tubes.
  • Hand dryers in Ahmanson/Galef reduce paper waste.
  • Non-emergency lighting controlled by timers, pressure controls, and sensors.
  • Ahmanson HVAC is highly efficient Variable Air Volume ("VAV") and fan drives are variable speed with computer-controlled thermostat.
  • Galef HV/HVAC system uses "smart" thermostat control.
  • Highly efficient steel water tower heat exchanger for Ahmanson bldg.
  • Galef bldg. design based on green principles with efficient exterior bldg. "Low E" glass.
  • Low Fire Ceramic kilns are energy-efficient and firing takes place at night during "low peak" usage.
  • Printmaking & Letterpress Labs uses all non-toxic, eco-friendly inks and printmaking processes.
  • Goldsmith elevators are computer controlled and use an efficient "smart" system.
  • Goldsmith uses a solvent wash station and rag recycling service.
  • Faculty/staff carpooling is encouraged through incentives.
  • Eco-friendly packaging choices are offered at the Café.
  • Discounts offered for bringing your own cup to the Café.
  • FSC certified recycled paper and printing are used in College publications.
  • Ahmanson Hall is a retrofit.
  • Excess materials and supplies can be traded at the Rescource Exchange to reduce landfill waste.