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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

Alumnus Marcos Rios

Marco Rios (’97 BFA Fine Arts) is an artist who works in sculpture, photography, video, and performance. He received his MFA in Studio Art from the University of California, Irvine. His work has been exhibited at LACMA; Artists Space in New York; LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions); and Estacion, Tijuana, Mexico.

Alumna Camille Rose Garcia

Camille Rose Garcia ('92) has built an acclaimed body of work that has been exhibited at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery and the Grand Central Art Station (CSU, Fullerton) in Los Angeles, the Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle, and the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in N.Y.C.

Often using narrative and fairytale structures, her work is recognized by its gorgeously eerie dystopias. Her upbringing in the shadow of Disneyland and sunny Orange County fueled her disenchantment with society, leading her toward subversive art and music.

Alumnus Gajin Fujita

Born in 1972 to Japanese parents, Gajin Fujita ('97) wasted no time in establishing himself in the world of art, first while honing his style as a graffiti artist on the streets of East Los Angeles, and later at L.A. Louver and museums such as LACMA, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City) and several international venues in Switzerland, Greece, and Belgium.

Alumnus Juan Capistran

Juan Capistran ('99), is one of four artists selected by the California Comunity Foundaion for its 2009 emerging artist fellowship. In 2008, his work was included in an exhibition at LACMA entitled "Phantom SIghting: Art After the Chicano Movement." During a discussion with curator Howard Fox, Capistran aserted that he has never been interested in or invested in Chicano art, but rather approaches art history as a hijaker or pirate, stelaing sources to make them his own. Born in Guadalajara, he moved to L.A.

Alumna Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry (’83, Fine Arts) received her BFA from Otis, and taught there for seven years. She has had solo shows at Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art in Santa Monica, Santa Monica College, the Armory Center of the Arts in Pasadena, and the Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University.

Alumna Eleana Del Rio

Fine Arts alumna Eleana Del Rio ('89) grew up in the San Fernando Valley and found herself inexplicably drawn to the arts; there was no one in her family who had been in the art world. She now directs the Koplin del Rio Gallery in the vital Culver City Art District "

video interview

Alumnus Tim Biskup

YouTube interview

Beginning his career in studio animation, Tim Biskup (‘88, Fine Arts) developed his skills as a draftsman and technical painter before jumping into the world of fine art. Now Biskup’s work is exponentially more eclectic, and has been described as “a dense, character driven style inspired by mid-century modern design infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy.” [MetroArtWork]

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall

Marshall ('78), born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, lives and works in Chicago. He received an honorary degree from Otis in 1999. In 1997 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. He was one of the artists featured in the PBS series on contemporary American art "Art in the 21st Century." In 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Alumnus Bryan Hunt

Born in 1947, Bryan Hunt ('71) was raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, and studied architecture in Florida. He moved to California and earned his BFA at Otis, and then attended the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program.