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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 2009

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter July  August 2009

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


2009 alums MICHELLE WIENER '08 and ANA RODRIGUEZ '09 were in "Mostly Sculpture (damn it)" at Samuel Freeman Gallery from July 11 to August 29, 2009.

2009 Alums NINA LAURINOLLI, BRIAN MARRIER and ANA RODRIGUEZ took part in MFA Conversations Part II curated by Marla Koosed at I-5 gllery at the Brewery from July 17 to September 11, 2009.

Graduate Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in "Personal/Political" at the Center for Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, from September 11 to October 23, 2009.

Alum MICHELLE WIENER '09 was in West Coast Drawings VIII, a show running concurrently at Coplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City and at Davidson Galleries in Seattle, WA  from July 11 – August 29, 2009. Curated by Norman Lundin.

Alum WENDY GIVEN'S '02 work was the subject of a centerfold of "The Wilds: Study No. 4, 2008" in the magazine "Bear Deluxe" Issue 29, Summer 2009.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 had a solo show "Rolling a Ball” of installation, performance and sculpture work on the three floors of Art Space of the Arts Council in Seoul, Korea from August 5th - August 23th, 2009. There was an Artist/Curator Talk on Thursday, August 20th 2009.

Graduate Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON was a resident fellow at Montalvo Center for the Arts in Saratoga, CA, in August 2009.

Alums MICHELLE CHONG '06, HELEN CAHNG '05, DREW DUNLAP '06, and TERRA KURODA '06 showed their work in Home Grown, New Art from Los Angeles and Berlin, a group exhibition organized by Short House in cooperation with artillerie in Berlin, Germany, from 21 August to September 12, 2009.  www.artillerie-projekte.org...           shorthouse.info

Alum HELEN CAHNG '06 was the curator of the film series PASSION FRUIT SURPRISE! at Sea and Space Explorations during  August 12, 19 and 26, 2009. CAHNG also curated the THE 2ND (NON-ANNUAL) EVERYONE'S A CURATOR SCREENING on August 23 at The Building in Berlin.

Alum JOHAN THURFJELL '01 had a one-person exhibition titled Conclusion at Galerie Nordenhake in Stockholm from 28th August - 4th October, 2009.

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ '09 took part in Wet Paint: Ten Young LA Painters at Steve Turner Contemporary from August 18 to August 29, 2009  www.steveturnercontemporary.com...

Grad TERRY NORTON-WRIGHT is showing her work at the 2009 National Juried Exhibition at the Sylvia White Gallery from August 22nd - September 12, 2009.

Alum ALEX KROLL '08 will show his work in "Seasonal Pictures" at ACME gallery from September 12 to October 10, 2009.
Alum WHITNEY STOLICH '04 had a feature article on her series Land Above/Sky Below and Third Space published in the Summer 2009 issue of the online photography magazine "Untitled Magazine," pp.33-48.  See www.untitledmagazine.org

Alum TAMI DEMAREE '03 will have a one-day solo show on Sept 12 2009, during the September Kamikaze shows at Post Galllery Los Angeles.

2009 Otis-Sandberg Exchange Fellow RENEE VAN TRIER wil represent Otis at the 2009 GLAMFA exhibition at CSULB from August 31 to September 9, 2009.