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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.



CE Graduate Eva Chow Named the Culture Queen of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — I first met Eva Chow — encountered would actually be a better term — in 2013 in the courtyard of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It was the museum’s third Art & Film Gala, and Mrs. Chow, a host with Leonardo DiCaprio, was working the room like a piranha in a goldfish bowl. Air kisses with François-Henri Pinault. Chitchat with Jane Fonda. An excited wave to Ed Ruscha.

Otis Fashion in the LA Times

More big brands are tapping creative crowdsourcing sites

By Paresh Dave
To fashion an alluring look for its latest pair of DC Shoes, Quiksilver extended far beyond its team of in-house artists. It challenged a worldwide crowd.
Entrepreneurs have grown accustomed to spinning their projects into motion by using crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo to raise small amounts of money from a mass of intrigued consumers.

Founding Chair Rosemary Brantley on Sustainable Fashion

Rosemary Brantley
Founding Chair, Fashion Design
Brantley founded Otis Fashion Design, and has been teaching for 32 years. She has invited leading fashion designers such as Isabel Toledo, Francisco, Costa, Todd Oldham and Cynthia Rowley to act as mentors for design projects that are shown on the runway each May. Brantley, a graduate of Parsons School of Design, took a sabbatical and traveled to Ecuador and the Galapagos, where she continued her research about sustainable design.

Jody Rollins Launches Lifestyle Brand Yellow 108

Jody Rollins (’05 Fashion Design)
Yellow 108
Yellow 108 is a lifestyle brand that specializes in accessories made from salvaged and eco textiles. We design and manufacture hats, bags, scarves and sunglasses that are simple, fun and easy to wear every day.
Starting up

Alumna and Designer Jade Lai Featured in Elle

Jade Lai Dresses Hollywood's Smart Girls in Normcore Chic

By Ashley W. Simpson

Otis Ranked at the Top of West Coast Fashion Schools

Top 20 Fashion Design Schools in the West - 2014



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