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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.



Alumnus Tom McKimson

Tom McKimson (‘25), born in 1907, established his career as a pioneering animator through his work at the Warner Bros. studio, where he created such characters as the legendary Tweety Bird. He was the older brother of notable animators Robert and Charles McKimson.

Alumnus Wilfred Jackson

Born in Chicago in 1906, Wilfred Jackson ('28) one of cartoon's greatest directors, worked in a formative period for the budding new medium. Working long hours through the heydays of early animation, Jackson is widely judged to have set the standard for subsequent cartoon directors. At Disney, he was integral to the creation of feature classics like Snow White, and was also a technical innovator in terms of merging sound to pictures.

Alumnus John Hench

John Hench ('28) had a distinguished career as a Disney artist for more than a half century. His work included animation and filmmaking. Known as a lifer, he received the prestigious Disney Legend Award. He began as a sketch artist, and when Walt Disney recognized his special talents, he went on to do background painting and special effects for such classics as Fantasia, Dumbo, Cinderella and Peter Pan. The special effects he created for for the hydraulic giant squid in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea won him an Academy Award in 1954.

Otis Ranks in the Top 15 Percent of Animation Schools

Otis Ranks in the Top 15 Percent of Animation Schools

Animation Career Review has ranked Otis College in the top 15 percent of animation schools in the U.S. The online resource provided the following rankings of Otis on their lists for 2015 animation school rankings:

#37 nationally (top 15% of schools considered)

#29 nationally among private schools and colleges   

#13 on the West Coast


Alumnus Tyrus Wong in The Wall Street Journal

From ‘Bambi’ to Kites, His Work Flies High

Artist Tyrus Wong, 104 years old, is focus of exhibition at Museum of Chinese in America
By Elizabeth Yuan
After Tyrus Wong retired from the movie business nearly 50 years ago, he started making kites that he would fly over the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. To this day, bobbing on the end of his kite strings are colorful handmade creatures, including owls, centipedes, a pink-and-yellow caterpillar, a panda—sometimes more than a dozen at a time.

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Victoria Alonso Lecture

Women of Otis, Please Join…. 


Victoria Alonso 

Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, Marvel Studios 
In a conversation about how to become a successful woman in a male dominated field 


Thursday, October 30 

The Forum 

11:00 – 12:30 


*open to women students, faculty and staff.

Pascal Campion lecture

Digital Media presents a lecture and demonstration by French-American illustrator and animator Pascal Campion, visual development artist who has worked with Disney, Pixar, Nickelodeon, Dreamworks and MTV.