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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.


Teaching Excellence Awards Recipients

Distinguished Educator

Eddy Award: Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Excellence in Teaching

Otis and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce annually honor one outstanding Otis faculty member. The Chamber presents this award at its annual Teacher Recognition Dinner. The Eddy Award/Distinguished Educator Award recipient receives $2,500, is featured in OMAG, introduced at Commencement, and honored at the annual faculty Convocation.

Each year one Part-Time and one Full-Time faculty member each receive the Excellence in Teaching Award. Both recipients receive $1,250, are featured in an article in OMAG, introduced at Commencement, and honored at the annual faculty Convocation.

2015 Distinguished Educator

Christian Mounger, Associate Professor, Foundation

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2015 Teaching Excellence

Marlena Donohue, Associate Professor, Liberal Studies, Grad Fine Arts (Full-Time)
Chris Badger, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts, Foundation (Part-Time)

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2014 Distinguished Educator

Dana Duff, Professor, Fine Arts and Graduate Public Practice

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2014 Teaching Excellence

Jason Burton, Assistant Professor, Product Design and Foundation (Full-Time)
William ‘Bill’ Sneed, Lecturer, Digital Media (Part-Time)

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2013 Distinguished Educator

Harry Mott, Chair, Digital Media

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2013 Teaching Excellence

Bill Kelley, Jr. Lecturer, Graduate Public Practice (Part-Time)
Renee Petropoulous, Associate Professor, Graduate Fine Arts (Full-Time)

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2012 Distinguished Educator

Gary Geraths, Associate Professor, Foundation and Digital Media

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2012 Teaching Excellence

Mark Wyse, Senior Lecturer, Fine Arts (Part-Time)
Meg Cranston Chair, Fine Arts (Full-Time)

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2011 Distinguished Educator

Jill Higashi-Zeleznik, Assistant Chair, Fashion Design.

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2011 Teaching Excellence

Carol Branch, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Liberal Studies (Part Time).
Erin Hauber, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts (Full Time).

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2010 Distinguished Educator

Scott Grieger, Professor, Fine Arts

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2010 Teaching Excellence

Anthony Young, Professor, Fashion Design (Full-Time)
Robert Summers, Lecturer, Liberal Studies (Part-Time)

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Other faculty members have received the Eddy Award:

2009: Michael Schrier
2008: Christian Mounger
2007: Heather Joseph-Witham
2006: James Starrett
2005: Randall Lavender
2004: Joan Takayama-Ogawa
2003: Parme Giuntini
2002: Debra Ballard
2001: Ave Pildas
2000: Rosemary Brantley
1999: Robert L. Glover
1998: Katie Philips
1997: Scott Grieger and Kathryn Hagen