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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 March and April 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter March  April 2012

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


Grad ELENA ROSA had her MFA thesis exhibition ³You¹re special, don¹t leave me² in the Bolsky gallery from March 6 to March 10, 2012 

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND Œ00 showed his paintings at Coffee Bean in Long Beach from March 1 to March 31, 2012. 

Grad MATT LIFSON had his MFA Thesis exhibition ³Smoke and Mirrors² at the Bolsky Gallery from March 14-17, 2012. 

Alum JACOB MELCHI¹S Œ03 work at George Lawson Gallery was reviewed in the LA Times http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2012/03/art-review-seven-... g-los-angeles-painters-i-like-at-george-lawson.html On Saturday March 10 he participated in a panel discussion at George Lawson Gallery in Culver City. 

Alum ADAM MARS Œ07 had a one person exhibition ³The New Ex¹s² at Orchard Windows Gallery in New York from March 26, 2012 - April, 1 2012. 

Kuratorisk Aktion (Frederikke Hansen & alum TONE OLAF NIELSEN Œ98) launched the book TUPILAKOSAURUS: An Incomplete(able) Survey of Pia Arke¹s Artistic Work and Research on Saturday, March 24 at the North Atlantic House, Copenhagen K, Denmark. 

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF Œ06 performed SPECTRUM based upon her dress project, 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project, on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Pacific Design Center in space B215. 

Alums MATT CARTER Œ10 and CHARLEY ALEXANDER Œ11 and grad BRYAN RICCI participated in the group exhibition at JAUS If You Can't Fake It, Then Make It, curated by Chris Tallon from March 23 to May 6, 2012. 

Alum MERCEDEZ GERTZ Œ01 was in a two-person exhibition Nymphas Dissolutio - The Bride Revisited, at Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica from March 31 - April 27th, 2012. A conversation with Jungian analysts Barry Miller and JoAnne Culbert-Koehn took place at Frank Pictures on April 22, 2012. 

Alums JESSE BENSON Œ03 and STEPHEN BANKHEAD Œ01 organized the exhibition Prince at the Forum at Beacon Arts in Inglewood. It includes alums BENSON and BANKHEAD, TAMI DEMAREE Œ03, JOE SOLA Œ99, MATT MCFARLAND¹ 03, and CHRIS OATEY Œ06 from March 24 to May 6, 2012. 

Alum WENDY GIVEN¹S Œ02 work is included in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers Program at Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts in Portland, from April 5, 2012 through March 2013. 

Graduate Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL had a one person exhibition ³Speaking in Tongues² at Galeria Nina Menocal in Mexico city from April 7 to May 2012. 

Alum BARRY OSBOURN¹S Œ08 work was included in ³What Makes You.... You² at Todd Weiner Gallery in Kansas City MO from April 6 to April 30, 2012. 

Alums MICHELLE WIENER Œ08 and MELISSA HERRINGTON Œ08 took part in the group exhibition ³First Cut² at M. Herrington Gallery in Venice CA from April 6 to April 30, 2012 

Alum LAWRENCE GIPE Œ86 showed ³In La Valle De Los Caidos² at Primary Projects in Miami FL from April 14th to May 31, 2012. 

Alum ERIC MEDINE Œ06 demonstrated his "Shake, Rattle, and Glow" MolyJam game at the GameDevDrinkup in Santa Monica on April 12, 2012. 

Alum TERRY NORTON-WRIGHT Œ11 Artist-in-Residence at The Sandberg Institute presented WHEN ART BECOMES WORK at the Prostitution Information Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012. 

Grads SHALINI PATEL and SCOTT RABY had their MFA Thesis exhibition at the Bolsky Gallery from April 4-7, 2012. 

Grad BRANDY WOLFE had her MFA Thesis exhibition EXPIRED ARSENIC at the Bolsky Gallery from April 18-21, 2012. 

Grad WOLFGANG BAUER had his MFA Thesis exhibition IN SITU CARNALIS at the Bolsky Galley from April 14-17, 2012. 

Grad BETHANY WRAY had her MFA Thesis exhibition Plastic Phrases and Liquefied Longings at the Bolsky Gallery April 25-28, 2012. 

Alum TUCKER NEEL¹S Œ07 323 Projects presented The Patter of Tiny Brains curated by Doug Harvey from April 6 to April 27, 2012. 

Grad RODD ZINBERG had his MFA thesis exhibition ³what rationality are you?² at the Bolsky Gallery from May 1 - 5 

Alum JENNIFER LANSKI Œ06 had 2 of her "Time Equivalents" drawings included in "Random Acts of Time," Curated by William Moreno at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art from May 5 through June 16, 2012. 

Sherwin Williams has published an article featuring alum MARY YOUNAKOF¹S Œ06 project 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project. It is entitled ³Living in Color² and appears in the Spring Edition of STIR magazine. At this time the magazine is available as a free download app for the IPAD. On Thursday May 17, 2012 at 7:30 PM there will be a repeat performance of YOUNAKOF¹S SPECTRUM at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. 

Alum ZEAL HARRIS Œ07 spoke briefly on her artistic process at Soho House West Hollywood on Friday, May 4th in the context of the release of a limited edition publication called HER MAGAZINE in which her artwork is featured. HARRIS is also currently showing her work in New York in a group show at the Caribbean Cultural Center of the African Diaspora. It is curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis and it's called H(A)UNTED. She is also showing a work in "From Here to There" at the Cecil Ferguson Gallery of the Watts Labor Community Action Committee. This show is curated by the late Willie Middlebrook. 

Beacon Arts Building presented Lineamenta, an exhibition to examine and expand on the definition of drawing. Artists included are grads JESSICA MINCKLEY and alum STEPHEN BANKHEAD Œ01. Lineamenta opens Saturday, May 12th and runs through June 24th 2012. 

The grad MFA group show ³yes, and...² included all the graduating MFA students in the Bolsky Gallery from May 8 to May 12, 2012.