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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.


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Graphic Design Faculty Rebecca Chamlee Featured by College Book Art Association

Communication Arts Professor Rebecca Chamlee is the featured artist of the month for the College Book Art Association

International Design Talent in Los Angeles for Design Week 2015

Los Angeles, CA - June 09, 2015 - Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA Graphic Design Program hosts its 5th annual Design Week, June 21-27, 2015. Design Week is a core component of the limited-residency MFA program, serving to introduce students to the international graphic design community and explore a range of professional opportunities in the field.

Otis at the LA Art Book Fair

Art & Publication, a course taught by Fine Arts faculty Holly Tempo, will be exhibiting at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Book Fair this weekend (January 30 through February 1).  The display will be Table #S07 in the zine section. A number of books by students and alumni from the undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design Departments at Otis, chaired by Kali Nikitas, will be available as well.

Award-Winning Graphic Designer Ludovic Balland to Lecture

On January 29, award-winning graphic designer and Visiting Artist Ludovic Balland will present a public lecture at Otis College. Balland will also participate in a roundtable discussion with graphic design and advertising students and interested alumni. 

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.




Academic Excellence: Renee Rasmussen

Road trips and surfing.


Independence, Iowa


Why Otis?
Right time at the right place. I have wanted to attend art school since I was young but was always told it wasn’t an option. When I moved out to L.A. and had some real life/work experience, I knew that art school (Otis) was the best option for my career path and for me as an artist.

Design Week; LAVA Design

The main goal of the "Hacking the LA City Brand" was to arm students with the tools to create design with intention. With critical thinking, they created design solutions that respond to the complexity and richness of their social context. Their journey went from research, analysis and conceptual thinking to design development. Students developed three concepts into visual identities: LA-ish, Los Angeles Originals and Lost Angels.

Can a city brand truly reflect the authenticity of a complex entity as a city?


Raul Plancarte lecture

Communication Arts presents a lecture by type designer Raul Plancarte