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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.


Meg Cranston

The Afghan Carpet Project

The Afghan Carpet Project features six carpets designed by L.A.-based contemporary artists— Fine Arts Department Chair Meg Cranston and faculty member Liz Craft along with Lisa Anne Auerbach, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, and Toba Khedoori—which were handmade by weavers in Afghanistan.

Fine Arts Faculty Afghanistan Carpet Project in Architectural Digest

Common Cause

An extraordinary collaboration between American artists and Afghan weavers highlights the universal virtues of craftsmanship and creativity.

Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston Named in Top 15 Noteworthy Art Professors

Meg Cranston - LA Times
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Meg Cranston Interview for OMAG

Keeping it Simple and Fresh

Cranston reveals her favorite museums, the book she would take to a desert island, her thoughts on art and media, the pinata, and more.


Artists' Book

Meg Cranston created an artists' book by creating a list of 1,000 important people and then measuring the amount of library shelf space each received.

Meg Cranston John Baldessari exhibition

Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston and alumnus John Baldessari ('57) collaborated to create the inaugural exhibition for Michael Janssen Gallery in Singapore, “Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh,”  January 19 – March 10 2013.


Read about it here.