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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.


communication arts

Industry Spotlight | Advertising with Mad Men's Josh Weltman

An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

Communication Arts Faculty Ana Llorente Designed Graphics for Frank Gehry Exhibition

The new exhibition Frank Gehry at the Los Angeles Museum of Art spans about 20,000 square feet, presenting a comprehensive examination of his extraordinary body of work from the early 1960s to the present, featuring over 200 drawings, many of which have never been seen publicly, and 65 models that illuminate the evolution of Gehry’s thinking.

Graphic Design Faculty Rebecca Chamlee Featured by College Book Art Association

Communication Arts Professor Rebecca Chamlee is the featured artist of the month for the College Book Art Association

Communication Arts Alumnus Khoi Vinh Heads To Adobe To Build Creative Tools

By Mark Wilson
Khoi Vinh, perhaps best known as the former design director of NYTimes.com, and who more recently launched the mobile news app Wildcard, is heading to Adobe to develop new products.
From his blog:

Alumnus Blaine Fontana

Having grown up on an island in the Seattle area, Blaine “Fontana” Hogg (’02, Communication Arts) made his way through Otis and received top honors with the “Best in Show” award.

Alumnus Robert Dobbie

After his years at Otis Robert Dobbie ’01 (a.k.a. Rob Dob or Bob Dob) has built up a distinctly sardonic portfolio of work that has come to fruition in his new book, BOBDOB: Painting Collection Volume One, published by Murphy Design. (BOBDOB)

Alumnus Khoi Vinh

 Khoi Vinh (Communication Arts, ’93) is the former art director for NYTimes.com (www.nytimes.com), the industry-leading news site. He was born in Saigon, Viet Nam, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1975.

Alumna Ellen Hee-Jung Jin Over

In 2005, Ellen Hee-Jung Jin Over (‘96, Communication Arts) received an Emmy in the Individual Achievement category for her work on the animated show Jakers! Adventures of Piggley Winks.

Alumna Amy McFarland

Amy McFarland (‘85, Communication Arts) is the senior designer and acting head of the graphic design department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.