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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.


February 2014



Compiled by Annetta Kapon


Grad AMANDA KELLER KONYA '09 had a one-person exhibition Heist at Cal State University Northridge West Gallery from February 15 to 27, 2014.

Alum SHIVA ALIABADI '13 was featured in issue 23 of the magazine Fabrik in the article Emergent Presence by Artra curatorial.

Alum KIM FISHER '98 is in the exhibition Dirty Kitchen at The Modern Institute in Glasgow, Britain.

Alum ELENA ROSA '12 was awarded the 2014 FEITELSON / LUNDEBERG ARTS FELLOWSHIP which comes with  $5000.00 and a solo exhibition in the project room of LAMAG from May 4 – June 15, 2014

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON is included in Forms of the Formless, TEDA Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin, China, December 28, 2013 to February 1. Curators: Marlena Donohue and Michael Suh. Katy Cowan Marcela Gottardo Bryan Bankston.

Grad BRYAN BANKSTON showed his MFA thesis exhibition THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT at the Bolsky Gallery from February 13th – 22nd 2014.

Alum AMANDA KATZ '12, DREW DUNLAP '06,MICHELLE CHONG '06, HELEN CAHNG '05, SHIVA ALIABADI '13 and grads ALLISON PECK will take part in TIP THE WINK, Curated by Short House at the Institute of Jamais Vu in London, Britain, March 8 -March 23, 2014. The exhibition is part of Project LOLA, an exchange among fourteen artist-run spaces in Los Angeles and London.

LA n CV is a survey exhibition of contemporary LA area artists curated by Mike McLain at Coachella Valley Art Center from February 15 to February 23, 2014. It includes alums SHIVA ALIABADI '13,  and MATTHEW CARTER  '10.

Grad MARCELA GOTTARDO had her MFA Thesis Exhibition a descoberta in the Bolsky Gallery from February 24 to March 6, 2014.

Grad DAVID DEL FRANCIA participated in the group exhibition INTERSTICE curated by Rachel Adams and Rob Greene at 308 at 156 Project Art Space in New York from February 19 to March 14, 2014.

Alum SHIVA ALIABADI '13 departed on March 1 for Amsterdam, where she will spend two months as a resident artist at the Sanberg Institute. Concurrently, Sandberg alum JURGIS PASKEVICIUS arrived on March 1 to spend two months as a resident artist at Otis' Grad Fine Arts department.

Alum KIM FISHER '98 and grad KRISTY BALTEZORE (WITH KCHUNG) will participate in Made in LA 2014 at the Hammer Museum opening on June 15, 2014.

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ '09 will be part of THE 2014 WHITNEY HOUSTON BIENNIAL on March 9 in Brooklyn, NY

Alum JACOB MELCHI '03 showed his work in Katy Krowe and Jacob Melchi: Paintings at 1227 2nd st.Santa Monica from february 27 to April 18, 2014.

Grad ANDREW K. CURREY had his MFA thesis exhibition The Guards in the Bolsky Gallery from March 9 to March 18, 2014.

KCHUNG (with grad KRISTY BALTEZORE) are the 2014 artist in residence at Thank You for Coming in Los Angeles.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in Freeway Studies #2: Inside the Quad at the Ben Maltz Galleryfrom April 12 – July 27, 2014

Grad BRYAN BANKSTON'S work will be included in the group exhibition entitled "Reconstruct" at Art Merge Lab at the Pacific Design Center from March 18 through April 25, 2014