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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.


Fine Arts

Alumna Alison Saar (’81) Installs Sculpture at Hall of Justice in DTLA

A new sculpture in bronze titled “Embodied” was installed on Oct. 24 at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles.

The figure, created by Los Angeles artist Alison Saar, exemplifies the spirit and values of justice represented in the roles of District Attorney’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department, the tenants of the recently renovated Hall of Justice.

Crave Profiles Fine Arts Alumnus Tofer Chin

Tofer Chin: Inspirations, Angulations, and Egg Men

By Alicia Eler

One of artist Tofer Chin’s favorite art memories involves passing notes under a glass door at the Hammer Museum with Barry McGee.

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

Visiting Artist Lecture: Kerry Tribe

Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here
Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu

Visiting Artist Lecture: Matthew Brandt

Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu

Alumnus Timothy Tompkins

Tompkins is a native of Long Beach who received his BFA from Otis in 2003 (Painting) and currently works in Los Alamitos, California.

He typically explores the mundane, often altering digital photographs through a series of processes. Tomkins’ 2007 series at the Susanne Vielmetter Gallery depicted contemporary surplus seasonal merchandise (including tags) carefully arranged, photographed and then painted.