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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 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter January  February 2010

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


Alums MICHELLE ANDRADE '07 and JOHN WESTON '07 had a two-person exhibition called Sensate Rainbow at Project Room G3 in San Pedro from January 16 to February 6, 2010.

Alum MICHELLE CHONG '06 had new work in A Survey of Sustainable Art at Silver-Echo Gallery from January 15 to January 17, 2010.

Alums MICHELLE CHONG '06 and MATT MACFARLAND '03, have work in the Mexicali Biennial 09/10 curated by alums ED GOMEZ'03 and LUIS HERNANDEZ '03 with Amy Pedersen at Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis from January 23 to March 20, 2010.

MFA grads HINA FAGU and TERRY NORTON-WRIGHT showed their work in Snapshot at LOS ANGELES ART SHOW '10 at the LA Convention Center from January 20-24, 2010.

Alum ERICA STEPHENS '07 showed her new work as part of Faculty Exhibit: Years of Living Dangerously at the Visual Arts Building at UT Dallas from January 22 to February 20, 2010.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 did a performance at Wrinkled Space in the context of the exhibition Doin it Live: Performance and Interaction on Sunday January 31, 2010.  The exhibition was organized by John Burtle.

Graduate professor CAROLE CAROOMPAS was in the group exhibition THE LAST PLASTICS SHOW at Cardwell-Jimmerson Gallery from January 9 to February 13, 2010.

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 took part in ONE IMAGE ONE MINUTE at the Silver Screen Theater in the Pacific Design Center on January 30, 2010. The event was organized by X-TRA during the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair January 28-31.

Alums JACOB MELCHI '03 and ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 were part of the Zine/Bookmaking Workshop, Slide Talk and Exhibition taught by Trinie Dalton and on view at Las Cienegas projects from January 23 to February 20, 2010.

Alum JOE SOLA '99 had a one-person exhibition of drawings and a video called "A Short Film About Looking" at the Happy Lion Gallery from January 9 to February 13, 2010. The exhibition was reviewed in the LATIMES by Christopher Knight on January 22, 2010.

Graduate Professor ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in SHELLS, PRISMS, at the Glendale Community College Gallery from March 6 to April 24, 2010.

First-year grads JAIME AGUILLAR-GALLEGO, CHARLEY ALEXANDER, DANIELA CALANDRA, HOLIS HANNAN, WAKANA KIMURA, JOANNA LIND, MELISE MESTAYER, CEDAR MILLER, TERRY NORTON-WRIGHT and TAYLOR TSCHIDER showed their work in the Mid-Residency Exhibition 2010 at the Bolsky Gallery from January 10 to January 25, 2010.

Grad EDITH BEAUCAGE had her MFA THESIS show called in the Bolsky Gallery from January 25 to February 6, 2010.

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ'09 had her work on display in the Steve Turner Gallery booth at the Pacific Design Center during the Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair January 28-31, 2010.

Alum MICHELLE CHONG '06 participated in the project 1-hour-art that was a part of the Arte Fiera Art First, on January 28-31 in Bologna, Italy.

Graduate Academic Advisor and alum ALEXANDER KROLL '08 has A one-person exhibition at James Harris Gallery in Seattle, WA from February 25 to March 27, 2010.

Graduate Lecturer KATHRIN BURMESTER '07 showed her work in Professor Dialogues curated by Marla Koosed at 1-5 Gallery from January 16 to February 27, 2010.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 continues to write regular reviews and features for Artillery Magazine and Art Lies Magazine. He also was included in the inaugural show for a new project space in downtown LA called Control Room from Dec. 31 -Jan. 31, 2010.

Alum TONE NIELSEN is part of Kuratorisk Aktion which put together the event TUPILAKOSAURUS: Filmscreening and discussion on January 23 at the National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen.

Alum ED GOMEZ '03 participated in OsCene 2010: Contemporary Art and Culture in OC  curated by Grace Kook-Anderson from February 21 – May 16, 2010.

Alum KRISTIN DUCHARME '03 will show her work as part of 12 Gauge, 3-Day-Only Solo Shows in Gallery Two of Torrance Art Museum from March 11 to March 13, 2010.

Alum OTINO CORSANO '00 showed his work in 30 Exhibitions + 13 Art Fairs = New Location at P|M Gallery in Toronto, Canada, from January 30 to February 10, 2010.

Graduate Lecturer KATHRIN BURMESTER '07 had a one person exhibition at Thomas Jancar Gallery from February 6 to March 6, 2010.

Alum TAMI DEMAREE '03 had a one-person show "Noa Noa Yes Yes" at Las Cienegas Projects Gallery from February 27 to March 20, 2010.

Alum ERIC DOOLIN '07 had a solo exhibition called Natural Dimensions Curated by Shawneta Gomez and Suzi Gun at Jaxon Gallery in Los Angeles from February 13 to March 14th 2010.

Alum ALEXANDER KROLL '08 participated in "Portable Caves" at HKJB in New York from February 13-26, 2010.

Grads OMAR GALLEGOS and KARMA HENRY had their MFA Thesis exhibition in the Boslky from February 21 to March 6, 2010.

Grads HINA FAGU and JJ STEVENS had their MFA Thesis exhibition in the Boslky from February 10 to February 20, 2010.

Graduate senior lecturers JOHN KNIGHT and KORI NEWKIRK are two of 23 artists that were commissioned to create large scale billboards throughout Los Angeles from February 5 through March 26, 2010. "How Many Billboards? Art in Stead " is organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture's Director Kimberli Meyer with co-curators Lisa Henry, alum DR. NIZAN SHAKED '2000, and Dr. Gloria Sutton, and public art consultant Sara Daleiden.