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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.


Faculty Exhibition

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."

O.R. Gallery Exhibition - Social Fabric

Social Fabric

March 5, 2015 to April 10, 2015

An exhibition of works that use fabric, arising out of an accidental personal collection. 

Renee Petropoulos, Helen Cahng , Miyoshi Barosh,  Annetta Kapon, Michelle Wiener, Allison Peck, Linda Hudson.

Opening reception for the artists:

Thursday March 26, 2015, 6-8 pm.

Scng Faculty in Wunderkammer

Sculpture New Genres faculty Joshua Callaghan and Chris Wilder will be included in the group exhibition Wunderkammer at Pitzer College's Nichols Gallery.

Carole Caroompas in WP Anniversary Show

Faculty Carole Caroompas will exhibit work as part of Western Project's 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition marking 11 years of programming. The show will open with a reception on December 6, 6-8 pm and will run through December 23, 2014.  Gallery artists as well as some special guests will be included. 

Siri Kaur face

Faculty Siri Kaur's solo exhibition This Kind of Face is up at Cohen Gallery through December 23, 2014.  The photographic works on view are part of a celebrity impersonator series the artist has worked on since 2006.  The exhibition was reviewed in the November 26 issue of The New Yorker:  Seeing Double.

Carole Caroompas in Love Song

Fine Arts Faculty Carole Caroompas is included in the exhibition Love Song, a project initiated by composer Serge Verstockt. Each year, TIME CANVAS is presented in Antwerp, Belgium; and for the past decade has been a unique mix of performance, installation art and music, which is intended to bridge visual and auditory perception.

Barak Zemer @ LTD

Fine Arts faculty Barak Zemer's solo exhibition Cold Feet, Sweaty Hands will open at LTD Los Angeles on Friday, October 17, 7-10 pm.  The show will run through November 18.


Out of Thin Air, curated by Otis alumna Ginger Van Hook, “reflects upon the cultivation of… fine arts in Southern California where the illustrious sunshine creates a unique ambiance and glow in which to paint, plein-air or in-studio, with traditional oils, wood carvings or emerging digital and analogue photography as well as film technologies…”

Siri Kaur

Faculty Siri Kaur 's work is included in Staking Claim: A California Invitational, at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego through January 24, 2014.  There will be an opening reception on Friday, October 18, 7-9 pm.