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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 January and February 2009

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter January — February 2009

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


Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK '07 had his second solo exhibition "In Motion" at Lora Schlesinger Gallery from January 24 to February 28, 2009.

Graduate faculty (lecturer) KATHRIN BURMESTER and alum CHRIS OATEY '06 showed their work in Booth 1812 at Seeline Gallery from Janury 17 to February 28, 2009.

Graduate Faculty Senior Lecturer JOHN KNIGHT'S recent exhibition “Cold Cuts” at the Espai d’art Contemporani de Castello in Valencia, Spain was chosen by critic Sabine Breitweiser as one of the best exhibitions in 2008 in the December ‘08 issue of ARTFORUM magazine.

Alum PATRICK HILL'S ‘00 exhibition at APPROACH E2 in London was reviewed in the January ‘09 edition of ARTFORUM Magazine.

On Saturday January 17 alum ERIC MEDINE '06 did video mixing at the Loft in San Pedro in collaboration with Vjs from Rotterdam.

Graduate adjunct assoc. professor RENEE PETROPOULOS has a one-person show "Homage" from February 6 to March 7 at Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

Graduate faculty KORI NEWKIRK presented an edition of lithographs at Cirrus Gallery from January 17, 2009.

Grad ANTHONY CARFELLO and alum SOJUNG KWON '07 did a collaborative performance during the LA ART show on Sunday, January 25 at the LA Convention Center as a part of 'A Series of Clandestine Performances.'


Grad WENDY JOHNSTON'S MFA exhibition was in the Bolsky Gallery at Otis from January 30 to February 7, 2009.

Grad CRISTINA QUAGLIATA'S MFA Show was in the Bolsky February 9 to February 17, 2009.

Alum JESSE BENSON '03 exhibited his work in Pro Choice / Bulletinboard Blvd. at Pro Choice Gallery from January 29 to February 28, 2009 in Vienna, Austria.

The Grad Fine Arts mid-residency exhibition UP TILL NOW took place in the Bolsky Gallery from January 12 to January 24, 2009.

Grad KARMA HENRY was selected for the 2009 Bill and Wrenn Chais scholarship.

Alum JACOB MELCHI'S '03 work is in Intellectual Abstraction at Another Year in LA Intellectual Abstraction from February 7 to March 14, 2009.

Alum PATRICK HILL '00 has a solo exhibition at DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY in Los Angeles from February 7 to March 21, 2009. The exhibition was reviewed by David Pagel in the LA Times on February 13, 2009.

Grads KRISTEN FOSTER and ANA RODRIGUEZ were selected to participate in the CAA Annual MFA Exhibition at the Gayle and Ed Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery and Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery, at USC from February 25 to 28, 2009.

Grads NINA LAURINOLLI and ANTHONY CARFELLO had their MFA thesis exhibitions ("What did you Just Say?") in the Bolsky Gallery from February 20 to March 6, 2009.

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL and alum JEFFREY VALLANCE '81 are in the group exhibition "Reading Standing Up" at Margo Leavin Gallery from February 7 to March 14, 2009.

Alum WENDY GIVEN '02 is in the show  Wolves and Urchins at The Art Gym in Marylhurst, Oregon from February 22 to March 25, 2009.

Alum CHRIS OATEY '07 is included in the exhibition "All Messed Up" at Sam Francis Gallery in Santa Monica.  The show runs from February 26th-March 29 2009.  OATEY also has a site specific project, "Fountain" at the Tall Wall Space at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA.  The project was curated by Dion Johnson.

Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS'S solo exhibition "Homage" at Rosamund Felsen Gallery was reviewed by Holly Meyers in the LA Times on Friday February 27, 2009 and in the LA Weekly on Thursday February 26, 2009.

Alum MORTEN GOLL '00 will be part of the project "The Trampoline House" at ExhibitionSpace Q in Copenhagen, Denmark, from March 5 to March 15, 2009.

Hole-in-the-Wall gallery in the El Segundo Graduate Fine Arts Campus is now featuring the work of grad ANA RODRIGUEZ. The exhibition will be up until June 17 2009, and was guest-curated by alum ALEX KROLL '08.