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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.



Otis Faculty present at AICAD Symposium


Otis Faculty Present at AICAD

Laddie John Dill to light up Laguna Beach with "Electric Light Blanket"

High above Main Beach, a series of red, blue and purple lasers danced on the sand in silence.

The colors reflected in every direction imaginable, spanning miles of the coastline.

As artist Laddie John Dill tested the laser light exhibit on a recent Wednesday night, he was hoping mist would rise above the ocean near the shore. The haze would help make the laser beams all the more visible.

"You see how the colors pick up on the edge?" Dill asked. "It'll be quite amazing."

Public Practice faculty Patrisse Cullors talks about co-creating #BlackLivesMatter

Whether you first encountered #BlackLivesMatter recently on social media, heard the phrase from protestors on the streets, or listened to it coming out of the mouths of presidential hopefuls, the founders of the hashtag-turned-movement have been doing this for a long time.

Faculty and Alumna Workshops at the Hammer Museum's Family Day

Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Michele Jaquis, Fine Arts faculty member Siri Kaur, and Fine Arts alumna Marissa Magdelena ('08) will be facilitating workshops at the Hammer Museum’s Family Day: Community Studio on Saturday September 12, 11am – 3pm.
Ongoing: Discover the artistic possibilities of chance in Siri Kaur’s hands-on art workshop.

Fine Arts Alumni and Faculty in "Colored Girls" Exhibit

Otis Fine Arts Faculty Member Holly Tempo along with Otis alumni Zeal Harris (MFA ’07) and Lili Bernard (MFA ’14) are exhibiting their work in “Colored Girls.” This group exhibit will open as a two-day pop-up gallery at Autonomie Projects.  Featured will be Los Angeles-based artists of the African, Asian, and Latin diasporas.

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 and Painting Program Director Scott Grieger in SIGNS & ALARMS, SECOND OPENING

Opening party: September 12, 2015, 6– 10 pm
Signs & Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, 1970-2015
PART TWO September 8 – October 24, 2015

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

California African American Museum Features Fine Arts Faculty

Hard Edged illustrates the rich interplay of tradition, innovation, and individual talent among a group of forty-six visual artists of African descent for whom geometrical abstraction is their choice of expression. Through their abstractions, these artists address such important issues as feminism, identity, colonialism, stereotypes, family relations, and social justice.

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.