• Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures

    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.


  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event

    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.


  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures

    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.



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Compiled by Annetta Kapon.


Asst. Chair ANNETTA KAPON’S PROXY Gallery hosted an exhibition by CANDACE HICKS Rooms by the Sea FROM MARCH 1 TO MARCH 31, 2016.

Grad AMANDA BENEFIEL has her MFA thesis exhibition Everything You Ever Wanted and More March 2nd through 10th, 2016 in the Bolsky Gallery 

Grad ZAC ROACH had his MFA thesis exhibition SAMSARA in the Bolsky Gallery from February 21 - 26, 2016

Alum SABINE DEHNEL ‘03 had one show in three venues: Kunsthalle Mannheim, at Mannheimer Kunstverein, and Atelier Schwab February 2 to March 28.  

Alum SHIVA ALIABADI ‘14has a solo installation Abshar: Cascade at the Fine Art Complex 1101, run by curator Grant Vetter, in Tempe, AZ February 27 to March 26, 2016.

DOODLES AND CANOODLES was a pop-up exhibition including the work of GFA faculty RENÉE PETROPOULOS, and grads KIARA ALVARADO, IRENE FLATLEY and EMILY THORPE on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the The Elysian in Los Angeles. 

Grad PP Student MARK X FARINA is featured in the current Los Angeles Gabba gallery exhibit “Curate This “ Feb 6 until Feb 28. Mark is also included in the City of Brea Gallery, MFA Biennial, Jan 23 thru March 11.

GFA Professor RENEE PETROPOULOS is in the exhibition UP-ISH organized by Marcus Herse at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University from February 1 - March 11, 2016.

Grad KRISTIN MOORE had her MFA Thesis Exhibition, Rear Window at Bolsky Gallery from February 16-19, 2016.

Alum REGINA HEROD ’13 was in a group exhibition Curated by Molly Barnes, Doug Blechner and Pamela Smith Hudsonat at THE WEST LOS ANGELES COLLEGE GALLERY from February 8 - March 24.

Alum SRIJON CHOWDHURY ’14 lectured on his work at Washington State University on February 4, 2016. 

Alum COLEEN STERRITT ’79 has a Solo show Coleen Sterritt: Selected Works: 2010-2016 at Lancaster Museum of Art & History, Feb. 13 - April 17, 2016.  STERRITT is also included in Urbanature at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, curated by Constance Mallinson from Feb. 23 - May 8, 2016.

Asst. Chair ANNETTA KAPON’S PROXY Gallery hosted the exhibition by CINDY BERNARD Eden Annual No. 4, 1960, (Proxy version) from the series Your Personal View of (Social) Nudism, 2016 from February 1-29, 2016.

GFA faculty JUDIE BAMBER’S work is part of Sculpture From the Hammer Contemporary Collection at The Hammer Museum from January 23 to May 22, 2106.

GFA faculty JOHN KNIGHT will have a one-person exhibition in the REDCAT Gallery from April 9 to June 12, 2016.

GFA faculty KORI NEWKIRK had a one-person exhibition at Roberts & Tilton from January 9 - February 6, 2016.

GFA Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON and Alum CARLA DANES participated in Inside/Out 1 at Emeritus Gallery in Santa Monica from January 14 - March 2, 2016.

GFA Chair ROY DOWELL has a one-person exhibition New Works at James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA from February 18 to April 2, 2016.

Alum CHRIS OATEY ’06 had a one-person exhibition Snowmelt Paintings and Drawings at CB1 gallery from January 9 to February 20, 2016. His exhibition was reviewed in the LATimes by Christopher Knight on February 1, 2016.

Alum LUIS G. HERNANDEZ '03 work is part of Customizing Language at LACE, January 6 - February 14, 2016.

Alum CARLA DANES '02, LUIS G. HERNANDEZ '03, STEVEN BANKHEAD ’01 and ED GOMEZ '03 work are included in the exhibition Punk Povera at WUHO, Hollywood, from January 13 to February 21, 2016


Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY has work included in “Rosette” curated by Mary Anna Pomonis at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles from JANUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 20, 2016.

Alum CHRISTINA HENDERSHAW '12 is in a group exhibition THIS IS WHAT IS NOT at MiM gallery in Los Angeles from January 16–February 6, 2016.

NATHAN GULICK had a one-person exhibition FINEST CITY at ICE gallery in San Diego from JAN 1 - FEB 20, 2016.

Grads ASHTON ALLEN, OK-YOUNG CHOI, JANET E. DANDRIDGE showed their work in the City of Brea MFA Biennial exhibition at the City of Brea Art Gallery from January 23 to March 11, 2016.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ’07 is part of the group exhibition Skin at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) from February 7 to April 17, 2016. 

GFA Faculty BENJAMIN WEISSMAN was part of Impromptu at The Box in Los Angeles January 16 - February 13, 2016.

HUMILIATION was the title of the Mid Residency Exhibition of second semester GFA students at the Bolsky Gallery, Feb 2 – 13, 2016 . The exhibition will also feature drawings by graduate professor Judie Bamber, and its curator, professor Benjamin Weissman.

Grad ELIF ERKAN has a one-person exhibition Lotus Eaters at Weiss Berlin from February 4 to March 26, 2016. In collaboration with

Alum CARMINE IANNACCONE ’93 was part of Farewell, Eden, at The Sturt Haaga Gallery of Descanso Gardens from Jan. 19 - Apr. 3, 2016.

GFA Chair ROY DOWELL has a one-person exhibition at Tiff Sigfrids Gallery from March 26 to April 30, 2016.

Grad JANET E. DANDRIDGE has a one-night performance Ritual Portals at the Mezzanine at Project Space 2920 Florence Avenue on February 6, 2016. DANDRIDGE also acted in the film Jamaica T. Jones screening at the Pan African Film Festival at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Theater in February 2016.

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