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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 2009

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter May  June 2009

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


Alum MICHELLE CHONG'S '06 work Find Yourself Here will be in the MexiCali Biennial 2009 at La Casa del Túnel: Art Center in Tijuana BC, México from June 20 to August 1, 2009.

Alum SABINE DEHNEL ‘03 had the following international exhibitions: Portraits, Esther Woerdehoff Gallery, Paris (France), April 2 - May 16, 2009 (Solo) Solo Project Art Amsterdam - booth 2x2projects, Amsterdam, (Netherlands), May 13 - 17, 2009 (Solo), Documentos de identidad, Galeria Sandunga, Granada (Spain), May 22 - June 22, 2009 (Group) and The Non–Age, Kunsthalle Winterthur (Switzerland), June 7 - July 26, 2009 (Group).


Alums WHITNEY STOLICH ‘04, VERONICA SOTO ‘05, CHRIS OATEY ‘06, KRISTIN DUCHARME ‘03, and graduate lecturer KATHRIN BURMESTER showed their work in Edges of the West at Artower Gallery, in Athens, Greece, from May 18 to June 29, 2009. The exhibition was curated by graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON.

Graduate faculty and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON had a solo installation "Laundry" at the Numismatic Museum in Athens, Greece, from May 19 to June 29, 2009.  

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ '09 showed her two and three dimensional paintings at Space Gallery in Pasadena from June 20 to July ?

Graduate faculty CAROLE CAROOMPAS was included in TALES OF THE FLESH at Western Projects from June 13 – July 18, 2009.

The work of Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL was included in Pictures of Words, curated by David Pagel at Galerie Schmidt Maczollek in Köln, Germany from April 22 to June 13, 2009.

Graduate faculty KORI NEWKIRK's work is in "Superficiality and Superexcrescence" at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis from June 27 to September 12, 2009. The show was curated by Christopher Bedford, Kristina Newhouse and Jennifer Wulffson.

Alum WENDY GIVEN ‘02 participated in the group exhibition Town and Country at FROELICK GALLERY in Portland, Oregon from June 2 to July 11, 2009

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND ‘00 showed his work in the Optical Lounge part of Build at Create:Fixate in Los Angeles on June 27, 2009.

2009 alums KRISTEN FOSTER, NINA LAURINOLLI and BRIAN MARRIER will be part part of MFA Conversations Part II curated by Marla Koosed at I5 Gallery from July 17 to September 1, 2009. 

Alums ANNIE BUCKLEY ‘03 and JANET JENKINS ‘94 will be part of 4TH OF JULY "ONE WEEK ONLY" at Jancar Gallery from July 4 - July 11, 2009. The show was curated by Tom Jancar and Mery Lynn McCorkle.

Alum ALEX KROLL ‘08 was in Interactions at the Armory from May 2 to June 14, 2009. The show was curated by Lorraine Cleary-Dale.