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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 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter May  June 2010

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


Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ took part in BINATIONAL ART SHOW on Friday April 30th at Johnny Cab, El Centro, CA, and on Friday May 7th at Mexicali Rose Community Gallery, Ave. Colima #1436, Colonia Pueblo Nuevo, Mexicali, BC.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON is in International HarborArts Outdoor Exhibition of Large-scale Artwork at Boston Harbor Shipyard Juried by Randi Hopkins, Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston from June 12 to September 30, 2010.

Grads EDITH BEAUCAGE, MARK LEASOR, ADAM PENA, SERGIO BROMBERG, MATT CARTER, HINA FAGU, OMAR GALLEGOS, KATHLEEN MASSELINK-VALENZUELA, JENNIFER WOLF, and KARMA HENRY have their final thesis exhibition All Together Now (With Feeling) in the Bolsky Gallery from May 5 to June 6, 2010.

2010 Otis-Sandberg exchange residency fellow alum NINA LAURINOLLI '09 took part in the international alternative art fair Kunstvlaai 2010 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam from May 15 to May 23.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ was included in Mass Emergencies, Concrete Walls Projects at Angels Gate Cultural Center from May 16 to June 20, 2010.

Alum ERICA STEPHENS showed her work in "Trunk Show" on Saturday, May 22 at 800 Exposition Avenue in Dallas, TX

ROY DOWELL, chair of Grad Fine Arts, was selected for "critic's pick" in the May issue of Art News. Correspondent Hunter Drohojowska describes Dowell's collage technique and sources, which range from Mexican retablos to prints by Corita Kent. 

Alum ERIC MEDINE gave a LAVA (la-va.org) presentation on using YouTube and Flickr API for video mixing in Resolume on Saturday, May 27 at the LPM festival in Rome, Italy.

Alum WENDY GIVEN had a solo show How to Explain Magic to a Dead Rabbit,  at the Wieden + Kennedy Gallery in Portland, Oregon from  June 3- 25, 2010.