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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 2008

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter July — August 2008

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


Alum MICHELLE WIENER'S '08 work was included in 'Love to Party,' a drawing exhibition at Samuel Freeman Gallery in Santa Monica from July 19 to August 23 2008. 

Alum GISELE LUBSEN '07 had a one-person exhibition entitled 'Watermarks' at Apothiki Gallery in Paros, Greece, from July 15 to August 3, 2008. A 56-page bound monograph will accompany the exhibition.

Graduate Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL and alums CHRIS OATEY, RON SANTOS and TUCKER NEEL were included in LOOKSYSEE at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis from July 26 to September 13, 2008. The exhibition was curated by Director Meg Linton with curatorial intern grad NINA LAURINOLLI.

Graduate faculty KORI NEWKIRK is showing his work RANK at LAXART from July 19 to Septembr 6, 2008.

Grad WENDY JOHNSTON showed her work in the group exhibition Dollar Menu from July 11th to August 8th at Satellite Gallery in La Grande, OR.

Alum HELEN CAHNG '05 was the curator of The Soft Epic or: Savages of the Pacific West at TELIC Arts Exchange from July 26, 2008 to August 23, 2008.

Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON is showing a video in Cut The Cord! From Up Here Everything Makes Sense! at OK Mountain Gallery in Austin, TX from August 16th - September 20th. curated by Erick Michaud.

Alum ALEX KROLL '08 participated in the exhibition MINI MARKET at Jessica Silverman Gallery and Look Boutique in San Francisco from August 1 – 30, 2008.

Alum JENNIFER LANSKI '07 showed her drawings in the 2008 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition presented by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park from July 31 through September 7, 2008.

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF '06 had a major installation at the UCR/California Museum of Photography in a group exhibition titled Truthiness, curated by Tyler Stallings. July 26 to October 4, 2008.

Alum BARBARA ROMAIN '91 showed her work in the 2008 Emerging Artists exhibition at the Downtown Art Center Gallery from September 2 to September 30, 2008

Grads RAKSHA PAREKH, AMANDA KELLER-KONYA and JENNIFER WOLF will participate in GLAMFA, hosted at CSULB. The exhibition runs from August 25- September 10, 2008.

Alum LINDSEY JACKSON '08 was included in Sierra Nevada College Alumni's Artwork Showcased at Tahoe Gallery at Incline Village, NV from August 14 to September 16, 2008.

Alum ED GOMEZ '03 is included in the exhibition MashUp, at Arena 1 at Santa Monica Art Studios from September 13 to October 11, 2008.