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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.


MFA Graphic Design

Ludovic Balland Lecture

Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet is a graphic design studio established in 2004 by Ludovic Balland. The studio focuses on book and editorial design, as well as new visual identities for international brands and cultural institutions.




Alumna Honor

Congratulations to Graduate Graphic Design alumna Joanna Rosso ('14), whose Auto-Tune Sirens Music Video, a musical ode to the Tumblr girl subculture, was selected for the 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design 2014, Graphic Design, Education & Schools, Brno, June 19-October 26, 2014. She created this video for her senior project.

MFA Graphic Design Students and Special Olympics 2015

Davis Elen Advertising and MFA graphic design students created a spectacular logo for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Game.  in a unique partnership with Los Angeles-based Davis Elen Advertising, they captured the spirit of the World Summer Games, the world's largest sports and humanitarian event in Los Angeles. The students were mentored by David Moranville, Chief Creative Officer at Davis Elen and noted graffiti artist Stash, the project's artistic director.

Frame Publishers' book Masterclass: Graphic Design

Work by Brandon Waybright (MFA '12)
 is featured in Frame Publishers' book Masterclass: Graphic Design: Guide to the World's Leading Graduate Schools, the newest title in a series. The basic prompt of Waybright's work, which included a publication, website and installation, was to use design to see the world through the eyes of another person.