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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 July and August 2007

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter July — August 2007

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


Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK '07 was one of 12 artists in ULTRASONIC INTERNATIONAL II:Transcending Transience at Mark Moore Gallery from July 14 - August 25, 2007.

BRUNSWICK also had his first solo show at Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art in Santa Monica from August 3 - September 1, 2007.

Alum KATHRIN BURMESTER '07 had a solo show in the Project room of Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art in Santa Monica from August 3 - September 1, 2007.

"Social Arrangements" was the title of a one-person show by graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS at Rosamund Felsen Gallery from July 7 to August 18, 2007.

Alums SONIA MADAN and WENDY GIVEN '02 showed their work in "Staying Alive," a Group Show at The Winslow Garage at 3540 Winslow Drive in Los Angeles from August 3, to August 11, 2007.

Alums NATALIE ALTON-HENDERSON '07, MICHELLE ANDRADE '07, MICHELLE CHONG '06, TERRA KURODA '06, TARA KOZUBACK '06 and BREE YENALAVITCH '06 showed their work in the Short House (12462 Short Ave Los Angeles 90066) on Saturday July 21st, 7 pm - midnight and Sunday July 22nd, 10 am - 2 pm.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 curated the group show Perspectives in the Crowd in the Bolsky gallery from July 14 to August 26, 2007.

Alums TUCKER NEEL and SOJUNG KWON '07 will show their work in the Greater L.A. M.F.A. exhibition at Cal State University Long Beach from September 10-20.

Alum ERIC MEDINE exhibited his work in Urban Shelter at LIMN Gallery in San Francisco from July 20 2007 to September 1, 2007.

Alum ALEX DONIS '94 has a solo exhibition of his Selected Works: 1995-2006 at the Cerritos College Art Gallery in Norwalk from August 21 to September 25, 2007.

Alum PATRICK HILL's '00 work was in a group show titled SCULPTORS' DRAWINGS at Angles Gallery in Santa Monica from August 4 to September 8, 2007.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 is showing her work in Circumnavigate the Soul” at Pounder Kone Art Space in Glendale from August 11 to September 16, 2007.

HARRIS also has a solo show “"Ecstasy of Living" at ”Gallery Viento y Agua in Long Beach from August 18 to September 3, 2007. In addition, she has works on exhibit August 18, 19, 25, 26, and September 1, 2, 3 at the African American Marketplace Arts & Culture Festival at Rancho

Cienega Park, AND was part of the Open Call Exhibition at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery from July 20 – August 26.

Graduate faculty BENJAMIN WEISSMAN did a performance, Phenomenology of Snow, a fiction reading, at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art in London UK, on September 18, 2007.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 is in a group show Juried by Jorge Pardo at Threehouse Gallery in Downtown L.A from August 25 to September 8, 2007

Alum ED GOMEZ '03 is in SEVEN, a group show of seventeen international artists exploring the duality between the 7 sacraments and 7 sins, from August 24 –to September 29 2007 at the I-5 Gallery at The Brewery Art Complex.

After seven years as a highly accomplished member of the TSS management, alum ANDREW ARMSTRONG '00 has been named Director of Technical Support Services at Otis College of Art and Design.

Alum CHRIS OATEY'S '07 work is part of the Drawing Invitational at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio from Sept. 4th to Oct 7th. OATEY also has an exhibition of his work at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles from August till October 2007.

Alums JESSE BENSON '03, LUIS HERNANDEZ '03 and JOE SOLA '99 are a part of MONSTER DRAWING RALLY on Sunday, September 23, 2007, 4-9 pm. This is a live drawing event featuring over 75 artists and four bands at Women´s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 gave an artist's talk Artist Talk on her solo show on Sunday, August 26 at Gallery Viento y Agua in Long Beach.

Alum TONE OLAF NIELSEN is the curator of Those Who Command the Future Conquer the Past from September 1st to October 21, 2007 at Overladen Institute for Samtidskunst in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Grad MELISSA HERRINGTON has a solo exhibition at Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta GA from September 7 to October 6, 2007.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 will be interviewed by Joanne Griffith for her Los Angeles Arts Scene Series on at 99.5 FM WBAI, NY early AM Thursday Sept 6, 2007.

Graduate faculty JOHN KNIGHT is exhibiting his work in For Sale at Christina Guerra Contemporary Art Gallery in Lisbon Portugal from September 20 to October 20, 2007.

Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON'S video will be included in “Slowtime 2007 - Quicktime as an Artistic Medium” in September and October 2007 at Cinematheque in Cologne, Germany.

Alum SAM WATTERS '02 wrote Houses of Los Angeles, 1885-1919, and Houses of Los Angeles, 1920-1935 (2 volumes) published by Acanthus Press and expected in the bookstores by October 1, 2007. WATTERS also edited and wrote the introduction for American Gardens, 1890-1930: Northeast, Mid-atlantic, And Midwest Regions. Acanthus Press, 2006.