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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 Sandow Birk’s American Qur’an Opening This Weekend

Alumnus Sandow Birk’s ('88) American Qur’an is opening at the Orange County Museum of Art this weekend. The exhibition brings together his entire American Qur’an series, which he has been working on for the past nine years.

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.

Fine Arts Faculty and Alumni in Paperworks at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Fine Arts Faculty and Photography Program Director Soo Kim and Grad Fine Arts alumni Lorenzo Hurtado (’07 MFA) and Chris Oatey (’06 MFA) will exhibit their work in Paperworks at the Craft & Folk Art Museum.

Fine Arts Faculty Larry Johnson Publishes New Book

As part of a generation of artists that emerged in the US in the early 1980s, Larry Johnson is the 'artist's artist' par excellence, highly respected by fellow practitioners and students but little known outside of these circles.

Fine Arts Faculty Scott Grieger’s Exhibition Opens at Temporary Space LA in July

Signs & Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, 1970-2015
Two-part exhibition celebrating the works of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, curated jointly by the artists and noted critic Peter Frank. The 4,000 square foot exhibition will present works selected from two careers spanning 45 years. 

Alumni Mario Ybarra Jr. and John Baldessari in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project

Two Otis alumni are participating in The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, LAND’s (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) cross-country exhibition of 100 artist-produced billboards and activations, which unfolded along on Interstate 10 in 10 consecutive artist chapters beginning in October 2013.

Fine Arts Alumnus Gajin Fujita at the LA Louver

Fine Arts alumnus Gajin Fujita ('97) is showing his work this summer in his solo exhibition “Warriors, Ghosts and Ancient Gods of the Pacific” at the LA Louver.

The Afghan Carpet Project

The Afghan Carpet Project features six carpets designed by L.A.-based contemporary artists— Fine Arts Department Chair Meg Cranston and faculty member Liz Craft along with Lisa Anne Auerbach, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, and Toba Khedoori—which were handmade by weavers in Afghanistan.

Alumni Exhibit: Sally Bruno, New Paintings

Sally Bruno

New Paintings

June 27 – August 15, 2015
Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 27, 2015 
6 – 8 pm
LAM Gallery 
913 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Faculty Member Dani Tull in Jacob Lewis Gallery Group Exhibition

Jacob Lewis Gallery’s upcoming group exhibition Between Two Worlds features work by Michael Bevilacqua, Matthew Ronay, Dean Sameshima, and Otis faculty member Dani Tull. The exhibition will be on view June 12–July 18 with an opening reception Thursday, June 11, 6-8pm.