Otis College of Art and Design logo
  • 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.



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.

Alumna Patssi Valdez

Patssi Valdez ('85), recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence Award, Flintridge fellowship, Durfee Foundation Grant, a J. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant, and an NEA in painting, has remained particularly active in the West Coast art scene.

Fine Arts Faculty Scott Grieger’s Exhibition Opens at Temporary Space LA in July

Signs & Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, 1970-2015
Two-part exhibition celebrating the works of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, curated jointly by the artists and noted critic Peter Frank. The 4,000 square foot exhibition will present works selected from two careers spanning 45 years. 

Faculty John White Awarded for His Painting

Communication Arts faculty member John White was selected as Artist of the Month by the Laguna Plein Air Painter’s Association last month.

Fine Arts Alumnus Kour Pour in Architectural Digest


By Michael Slenske
Growing up in southwestern England, Kour Pour got an early education in textiles from his Iranian-born father, who owned a carpet shop during the late 1980s. “They were always around,” says the artist, who has incorporated his intimacy with woven materials into his own work. Pour, now based in Los Angeles, made the first of his paintings of traditional carpets for his college graduation show using found images from museum and auction catalogues of Oriental rugs. 

Fine Arts Alumnus Bari Kumar at LACMA

This Friday Fine Arts alumnus Bari Kumar ('88) will be exhibiting his work at LACMA's off-site gallery at Charles White Elementary School. “Remembering the Future” features Kumar's paintings and cloth work,  a collaborative piece by students and the artist, and a selection of objects from LACMA's South and Southeast Asian Art collection.


January 30, 2015–June 13, 2015

Department Chair Roy Dowell in Artillery Magazine

In Artillery Magazine’s upcoming Painting Issue, Graduate Fine Arts Department Chair Roy Dowell participates in the “Guest Lecture” series by creating a spread specifically for the centerfold design of the publication.

Carole Caroompas in WP Anniversary Show

Faculty Carole Caroompas will exhibit work as part of Western Project's 11th Year Anniversary Exhibition marking 11 years of programming. The show will open with a reception on December 6, 6-8 pm and will run through December 23, 2014.  Gallery artists as well as some special guests will be included. 

Academic Excellence: Wendy Silva

Do it all! There is so much to learn and explore. Take advantage of every course you take. I regret not taking more classes
but I ended up taking 18 units almost every semester. It is ok to be different, because that is what sets you apart as an artist.


Los Angeles