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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Newsletter May and June 2007

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter May — June 2007

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



Alums ERIC MEDINE '06 and JOE SOLA '99 participated in FR8, an exhibition of 24 artists commissioned by the Port of Los Angeles and Angels Gate Cultural Center to install and present art in shipping containers as part of the Port of Los Angeles Art on the Waterfront Festival 2007, Saturday, May 12 11 am to 9 p.m.. at Angels Gate in San Pedro.

Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON had a one-person show called Pourquoi Pas at the Camac Gallery, Marnay sur Seine, France.  from April 6 to May 27, 2007.

Graduate faculty JUDIE BAMBER was awarded a COLA grant for 2007-2008.

Alum SOJUNG KWON (’07) was part of the exhibition ‘On Site at the Gate’ at the Angel’s Gate Cultural Center from April 29th to June 10th. The show was curated by Aimee Chang, curator of Contemporary Art at the Orange County Museum of Art.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS (’07)  was part of a group show at 626 Gallery titled ‘Sisters In Spirit: The Power of Seven’, curated by Cynthia Saint James that took place in the month of March.

HARRIS was also a featured artist in The Santa Monica Mirror, Volume 8, Issue 40, March 15 – 21, in a video interview by alum GISELE LUBSEN (’06).

Alum KATHRIN BURMESTER (’07) and alum CHRIS OATEY (’06) are in a group show titled ‘Timeline’ that opens June 9th at See Line Gallery in Santa Monica.

Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK ('07)  is in a group show that opens on July 14 at Mark Moore this summer and Hunsaker Gallery.

Alum STEVEN BANKHEAD (‘03) was part of the group show ‘Armory Artists and their Art’ at the Armory Center for the Arts from April 22nd until June 17th.

Alum JORGE PALOMO (’01) curated the show ‘Revisiones: Encounters with El Salvadorean Art’ which opened May 18th 2007 and runs until 2010 at The Museum of Art of El Salvador.

Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS'S recently completed permanent installation "Is It Possible" is at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center at 2500 Fairmont Drive, San Leandro, CA 94578. A publication with a text by Chris Kraus will be completed Summer 2007.

Grad MICHELLE WIENER was awarded the Wrenn and Bill Chais graduate scholarship.

Sixteen:One Gallery in Santa Monica presented Real, Imagined, a group exhibition that included the work of alums ANDREW ARMSTRONG '00, EMMANUEL CRESPO '00, and ED GOMEZ '03 from June 9 to July 8, 2007.

Alum ROB FAUCETTE '05 broadcast his AMY RADIO SHOW from Vienna, Austria on Tuesday, May 29th at 5:30 pm.

A solo exhibition of new paintings by alum KIM FISHER '98 opened on May 12th 2007. The exhibition continues through June 9th at China Art Objects Gallery in Chinatown.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 organized "Perspectives in the Crowd:" it consists of over 50 videos compiled from people on YouTube. June 20-August 29, 2007 at The Bolsky Gallery at Otis. Opening reception is Saturday, July 14, 6-8pm.

Alums ERIC MEDINE '06 and JOHN WESTON '07 took part in Meltdown, a show at Salon Oblique from June 9 to July 14, 2007. Email info@SalonOblique.com for the address of this movable salon/gallery.

Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON'S short video My German Vocabulary was selected for the first Los Angeles Greek Film Festival. It screened at the Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills on Sunday June 17, 2007.

Alum ED GOMEZ '03, took part in “s t r a t a,” an exhibition held at the Beverly Hills galleries of Sotheby’s on June 15 and June 16.

Alum MARCUS TRACY is Coordinator of New Directions YouthArts at the Office of Cultural Affairs in Las Vegas Nevada.


TRUST, a collaborative work between alums COURTNEY STRICKLIN '06 and HELEN CAHNG '05 was exhibited as part of The Fundraising Show at TELIC Arts Exchange in Chinatown.  The installation will run from June 22 through July 21.

Alum JEFFREY VALLANCE ’81 had a solo Exhibition:  “Relics and Reliquaries ,” at Grand Central Art Center Project Room, California State University Fullerton,Santa Ana, CA , June 2 – 24.

Alum LARRY GIPE ’86 had a solo Exhibition at Alexander Gray Associates, New York City; reviewed in ArtNews, March 2007 and Art in America, May 2007.

Alum STEVE RODEN ’86 has a solo Exhibition of New Works at Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects May 31 – July 21.

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND ’00 wrote and directed the Documentary “Sign Posts of Dr. Roy Walford,” 2007.  Exhibited in 4-Person Show, Paulina Miller Gallery AZ, May 4-27.

Alumna COLETTE COX '07 will be participating in an International Juried Photographic Exhibition at the Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery in Toronto, Canada, in October 2007.

Graduate Studies: Fine Arts has announced the first OTIS-SANDBERG RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP program to take place in March-May 2008. This will be a two month residency exchange between Otis Graduate Studies Fine Arts and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands.