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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 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.