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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.


Newsletter August 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter August 2012

Compiled by Annetta Kapon
See also the current newsletter and the newsletter archive.



Grad faculty and Asst. Chair ANNETTA KAPON will show a video in the WARSAW JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 2012, at Kinoteka in Warsaw, Poland from October 25 to 30, 2012. 

Alum LAWRENCE GIPE ‘86 is in SUMMER GROUP SHOW at Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica from August 04 - September 01, 2012 

Alum ALISON SAAR ‘81 has a one person exhibition STILL... At Otis’s Ben Maltz Gallery from August 18 to November 17, 2012. 

The work of alum WOLFGANG BAUER ‘12 was reviewed by Grady Harp in the journal Poets Artists issue 37, August 2012. 

Alum ERIC MEDINE ‘06 presented a video installation during TELEGENETIC CRASH at Projections on Lake in Pasadena organized by Dave Bradshaw. Friday Aug 17, from 8pm to 10pm 

Alum JACOB MELCHI ‘03 showed NEW PAINTINGS at George Lawson Gallery from September 5 – October 6, 2012 

Grad KATY COWAN represented Otis GFA at GLAMFA, Greater Los Angeles Masters of Fine Art show curated by the Fine Arts Roundtable at CSULB on Sunday Sept. 2nd, 2012 at Cal State University, Long Beach 

Former Danish artist in residence ESKE KATH has a one person show at Charles Bank Gallery in NYC from September 5 to October 21, 2012. 

Alum WENDY GIVEN ‘02 showed her work in Death Caps and Dark Wood at W+K Gallery in Portland Oregon from September 6 – September 27, 2012 

Seth Weiner has an exhibition at Venice6114 curated by alum SERGIO BROMBERG ‘10 from September 8-October 8, 2012 

Janet & Janet Shop was curated by Janet Levy at the ForYourArt space from August 24 - 26. Alum JESSE BENSON ‘03 is included in the exhibition. 

The art event Shangri-La 2012 took place in Joshua Tree on August 31-September 3, 2012, guest curated by Durden and Ray. Participants included alums MATTHEW CARTER ‘11 and LUIS G. HERNANDEZ, ‘03. 

Alum ERIC MEDINE ‘06 had an interview published by Swiss LVX TV about the LPM Festival in Rome. He talks about his Google-mapping video installation, as well as the state of live visuals, video art, and working with the LPM festival. http://lvx.tv/blog/blog/2012/08/31/eric-medine-about-his-project-with-the-google-search-engine/ 

Alum ALEXANDER KROLL ‘08 has a one-person exhibition Blue or Both at James Harris Gallery in Seattle Washington September 6-29, 2012.