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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.


Creative Economy

Senator Ben Allen Visits Otis to Discuss the Creative Economy

California State Senator Ben Allen met with President Bruce W. Ferguson to discuss the Otis Report on the Creative Economy and its future role in the economic development of the state. During his visit he joined the excitement about Otis’ campus expansion project, setting his hands in the foundation for the new residence hall and academic wing.

The Otis Report on the Creative Economy in Zócalo Public Square

How L.A. Can Keep Its Creative Hive Buzzing

By Paul Bisceglio
Los Angeles isn’t fantasizing when it calls itself America’s creative capital–the numbers back it up. Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez rattled them off at a panel sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to discuss the business of creativity: 355,000 jobs are directly tied to the city’s creative industries, and 620,000 jobs are related in some way. More than 10 percent of Los Angeles county’s GDP comes from these careers.

LA Weekly Dives into the Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Entertainment Leads a Creative Economy Worth $293.8 Billion to California

By Dennis Romero
We criticize Hollywood a lot. It's a white bubble of an industry in a city that is majority brown. And its moguls and creatives are helping to push our cost of living, including sky-high rents and home prices, through the roof.
But the entertainment industry does bring dollars to our community. That's a fact.

Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California Maps Economic Impact on State, Asserts Importance of Talent Pipeline and Arts Education

Sacramento, CA - April 15, 2015 - The results of the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California (Otis Report) were unveiled today in a state Capitol hearing before the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts in Sacramento. The Otis Report asserts California’s competitive advantage in the creative sector and underscores the need to bolster the talent pipeline through support for the arts and arts education.

KCET Artbound Explores the Art Ecosystem Based on the Otis Report

Southern California's Interconnected Art Ecosystem

By Marissa Gluck

The Hollywood Reporter Premieres Exclusive Clip from "The State of Creativity"

KCET and Otis College of Art and Design Partner for 'Artbound' Episode (Exclusive Video)

By Mia Galuppo
The educational, independent television station KCETLink and the Otis College of Art and Design have come together to produce a multimedia special called State of Creativity that is meant to explore the creative capital of Southern California.

Born in L.A.

Implantable collamer eye lenses
Epogen/neuprogen (biotech blockbuster drugs)
“Dancing” fountains
Celebrity PR
The electric guitar
The multi-channel recording process
Arc welding of natural gas pipelines
The skateboard (Venice)
The Cobb salad
The "Shirley Temple" non-alcoholic cocktail
The Hula Hoop
The strapless bra
Shoulder pads (Adrian for Joan Crawford)
Rhinestone and spangled western wear
Bare midriffs
Neoprene as sportswear (evolved into surf wear)

Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Since its inception in 2007, Otis College of Art and Design’s Annual Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region has been an invaluable tool to assess the tremendous impact and influence of the area’s creative sector on the economy. This year, the California Arts Council awarded Otis funds to expand the report to include analysis of the entire state of California, showing how the state’s economy is effected by jobs in the arts, design, education, entertainment, nonprofits, and independent creative professions, and providing a forecast for 2016.