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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.


Graduate Public Practice

Public Practice Alumni's Michelada Think Tank is Featured by Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — It’s a familiar experience for anyone who has had to be the only person of color in a room: the uncomfortable silence around issues of race or the pressure to represent a monolithic identity that doesn’t exist. Over the summer, a group of artists invited the public to talk critically and humorously about race, art, and survival in a context where they could not only vent frustrations but also share resources and build community as people of color.

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.

Michelada Think Tank Starting Summer Residency at LACE

This summer Michelada Think Tank (MTT), a collective of MFA Public Practice students and alumni, will inhabit the Project Room at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions with a humorous and critical exploration of survival under a framework of institutional racism in the arts. Through a series of weekly think tank sessions, MTT will bring people together to talk about survival strategies for artists of color working in a predominantly white art world.

Three Public Practice Alumni Named 2015 Creative Community Fellows

Public Practice alumni Carol Zou, Mario Mesquita, and Nathalie Sanchez have been named Creative Community Fellows. Awarded by National Arts Strategies, the Creative Community Fellows program provides leaders at the intersection of culture and community with tools, training, and access to a community of support. This combination fuels their visions for community change, sparking new ideas and helping propel them into action. 

Conversation with President Bruce W. Ferguson and Social Practice Artist Rick Lowe

Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson chatted with Houston-based artist Rick Lowe at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA during a special luncheon with the artist and Otis students concluding nine months of community development through art and social practice in Antelope Valley, CA.

Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA, Presents Nine Months of Community Development Through Art and Social Practice in Antelope Valley, CA

Lancaster, CA - May 07, 2015 - "I Hope The Wind Don’t Blow" is a presentation of the Antelope Valley Art Outpost program, a creative placemaking initiative that supports regional vitality through artist-driven projects supported by a partnership between Otis College of Art and Design/Public Practice Program, Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC), MOAH, the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance (GAVEA), the Department of Regional Planning, and the Office of Supervisor Michael D.

Antelope Valley Art Outpost: I Hope the Wind Don't Blow

Welcome to I Hope the Wind Don’t Blow, a look into the nine month process of interactions between a graduate class of eight students of Otis College of Art and Design Graduate Program in Public Practice, and the communities of Sun Village, Littlerock and surrounding areas of Antelope Valley. The presentation begins with a public reception Saturday, May 9, 6-8pm. 

Graduate Public Practice Exhibition: Víctor Albarracín Llanos

Exhibition by Víctor Albarracín Llanos: “The Luster of Schybala” in the Bolsky Gallery

Otis Goldsmith campus April 4-11. 


Closing Reception April 11, 5–10 pm.

KCET Artbound Features Graduate Public Practice's Antelope Valley Art Outpost

Antelope Valley Art Outpost: Building Community in the High Desert

By Evan Senn

Antelope Valley Art Outpost Workshop by Artist lauren woods

lauren woods and Otis MFA Public Practice students will explore how communities can draw strength amidst a rapidly changing landscape by publicly and collectively commemorating the “people’s history” in both traditional and non-traditional ways.
RSVP to MOAH@cityoflancasterca.org or call 661.723.6250.
For more information about Outpost, visit lacountyarts.org/Outpost.