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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 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter May  June 2012

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


(note to alums: please send announcements to your shows to my Otis email address, not to Facebook! Thanks, Annetta)

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL participated in Made in LA 2012, The first Los Angeles Biennial, presented at the Hammer Museum from June 2 to September 2, 2012.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON showed her video in the exhibition and conference ³A Virtual Memorial- Commemorative Interventions² in Riga, Latvia, June 1-8 2012. In May 2012 she was a guest professor at Goldsmith¹s University in London Britain, and Ecole Nationale D¹Art, Paris, Cergy-Pontoise in France.

Grad Fine Arts faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS will take part in the Venice Beach Biennale in July 2012.

Grad BRYAN RICCI had his MFA Thesis Exhibition ³Urban Pastoral and Neo Plein-Air² at the Bolsky Gallery from May 15-19, 2012

The graduating class of 2012 had their group MFA exhibition ³yes, and...² from May 9 ­ May 12 at the Bolsky gallery.

Alums JESSE BENSON '03 and MATT MACFARLAND '03 showed their work in the group exhibition ³MOTA² (Museum of Temporary Art) curated by Janet Levy at See Line Gallery at the Pacific Design Center from May 17 to July 31, 2012.

Grad Faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS performed "Analog (Mostly) Among Nations" at CAA, IN LOS ANGELES). She was in the Exhibition, "Figures and Grounds: Approaches to Abstraction", March 8 to May 2012 at the Arts Club of Chicago. "Breaking in Two" opened on Feb. 11 at the Arena 1 Gallery as part of PST. She was also a guest professor at the New School in April 2012 for a workshop in performance.

Grad BRIDGET KANE had her MFA Thesis exhibition MEDITATE MY DIRECTION, FEEL YOUR WAY at the Bolsky Gallery JUNE 2-7, 2012.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will be in a three-person exhibition and panel discussion ³HouseWORK² curated by Molly Hankwitz at Reynolds Art Gallery at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA from October 27 to November 17, 2012.

Alums MOLLY COREY and ED GOMEZ participated in ³Fellow Travelers² at Durden and Ray from June 2 to June 23, 2012. The exhibition included a lecture / conversation with historian MOLLY COREY on 60¹s counterculture. Curated by alum LUIS G. HERNANDEZ, Claudia Parducci and Louisa Van Leer for ARTRA Curatorial.

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF staged a live performance of 343 Dresses: SPECTRUM, on MAY 17, 2012 at the Pacific Design Center.

Grad CHAD MARTH had his MFA MFA Thesis Exhibition SNOWED OVER at the Bolsky Gallery May 23-26, 2012.

Alum BARRY OSBOURN shoed his work in a solo exhibition "Paintings of Themselves" at Todd Geiner Gallery in Kansas City Missouri from June 1st to June 30th, 2012.

As of May 23, 2012, alum ERIC DOOLIN '07 has opened The Fractal Gallery in Los Angeles where he is also exhibiting his paintings. 1884 S. Sepulveda Blvd.in Westwood.

Alum TAMI DEMAREE '03 showed The Project Rainbow at Steven Wolf Fine Arts in SF from June 2 to July 7, 2012.

Alum SERGIO BROMBERG '11 staged a happening on June 14, 2012 at Yautepec¹s San Rafael gallery in Mexico.

Alum MICHELLE ANDRADE ¹07 has a solo show at Charlie James Gallery in Chinatown from June 9th to July 14th, 2012. The exhibition was reviewed by Leah Ohlman in the LA Times on June 21, 2012.

Alum JENNIFER LANSKI '06 showed her "Time Equivalents" drawings in "Random Acts of Time" at OCCCA Curated by William Moreno from May 5 - June 16, 2012.

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL has his work included in two exhibitions in New York this summer: The Early Show at Lennon/Weinberg Inc. from June 19-Aug 17, 2012 and Group Exhibition (Curated by Evan Holloway) at Harris/Lieberman Gallery June 28-Aug 17, 2012.

Alum TAMI DEMAREE'03 will show her work at Rosamund Felsen Gallery from July 7 to August 11, 2012.

Alum WOLFGANG BAUER '12 will show his work in Breaking Boundaries in Pingyao, China in September 2012.

Alums BRIDGET KANE '12 and ELENA ROSA '12 are included in Invoking LA... curated by Paige Tighe at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis from June 30, to July 29, 2012.

Alum MICHELLE CHONG '06 was in Oh Nancy's exhibition "Blank Land" at the Torrance Art Museum from June 30 to July 2, 2012.