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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.



Otis College of Art and Design to Pilot First Free Massive Open Online Course in Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students

LOS ANGELES – February 17, 2015 – All human environments, both real and virtual, are created by artists and designers, yet funding for public K-12 education in the visual arts is at its lowest point in U.S. history. To bridge the gap and expand opportunities for high-quality arts education to students around the world, Otis College of Art and Design has developed the first free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students MOOC

Enroll Now @ Canvas.net

March 9 through June 1
Art and Design Fundamentals for High School Students
Free Online Course

No experience necessary. Only internet access and minimal art supplies are required.

Modern Genius MOOC offered

"The Modern Genius: Art and Culture in the 19th Century" is a massive online open course (MOOC) in art history taught by Liberal Arts and Sciences Professor of Art History Dr. Parme Giuntini. Learn through video podcasts and reading how artists such as Monet, Manet, Picasso and van Gogh radically reshaped visual culture, issuing in modernity. Begins Sept 23.