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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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Compiled by Annetta Kapon


SHANGRILA 2013: BURRITO DELUXE was organized by STEVEN BANKHEAD '01and JESSE BENSON '03 from Friday 8/30/13  to Sunday 9/1/13 It included alums ROB FAUCETTE '05, MICHELLE CHONG '06, MOLLY COREY '01  BRIDGET KANE '12, JESSICA MINCKLEY '13, TOM NORRIS '02, SHALINI PATEL '12, graduate faculty  RENEE PETROPOULOS, and alum RODD ZINBERG '12. 

Alum MATTHEW CARTER '10 participated in the group exhibition THE ROAD from July 13 to August 17, 2013 at Luis De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.

Grads SHIVA ALIABADI and ANDREW CURREY were selected for the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery Juried Exhibition 2013,  July 28­ to September 22, 2013. SHIVA ALIABADI was awarded the second prize for her work.

Grads SHIVA ALIABADI and KRISTI BALTEZORE curated and were part of Rare Treat in the Otis GFA Gallery space in Culver City July 13-18, 2013.

Graduate Faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS had a one-person exhibition, Monument1-conjugation at the Proxy Gallery in Culver City from August 1 to August 31, 2013

Grads DAVID DEL FRANCIA, SHIVA ALIABADI, KATY COWAN, SOFIA LONDONO and alum JESSICA MINCKLEY '13 were selected to participate in GLAMFA from August 26 to September 5, 2013 at CSULB.

Graduate Faculty KORI NEWKIRK was awarded a FOCA fellowship for 2013.

Grad KRISTY BALTEZORE and alum TOM NORRIS '02 were part of Summercamp's ProjectProject with Luddite Fallacy from August 25—September 8th, 2013

Grad FA Chair ROY DOWELL has a solo exhibition of recent works at VARIOUS SMALL FIRES in Los Angeles from September 8 to October 19, 2013.

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 will be showing her "The People's Tarot" in the exhibition, "Tapping the Third Realm" at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, and Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, September 22 - December 8, 2013. On Dec 8 she will be giving a short history of the Tarot and readings from the new deck.

Alum BETHANY WRAY '12 will show her work in alum CALVIN PHELPS'  2A Gallery from September 8 to October 13, 2013.

Alum JOHN WESTON '07 has two works included in the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art exhibition Art for Art's Sake at Pepperdine University from September 7 to November 26, 2013.

Grad FA Chair ROY DOWELL has a one-person exhibition  at the Proxy Gallery in Culver City from September 1 to September 30, 2013.