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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 November and December 2009

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November  December 2009

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


Alums HELEN CAHNG '05 and MICHELLE CHONG '06 were in the group show "Heaven on Earth" curated by Sam Belkowitz at Little Berlin Gallery in Philadelphia, PA from November 7 to November 28, 2009.

Graduate Fine Art Chair ROY DOWELL'S exhibition at Margo Leavin Gallery was reviewed by Edward Goldman in his KCRW Art Talk series on November 3, 2009, and by Doug Harvey in the LA Weekly on Nov. 11, 2009.

Graduate Fine Arts professor ANNETTA KAPON's work was exhibited in "A Restless Country," Selections from the Pernanent Collection of Pomona College Museum of Art from October 31 to December 20, 2009.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 had a solo exhibition of her project "Planning a Year" at Gallery DAM in Seoul, Korea, from November 28th - December 10th, 2009. Link to the catalog essay: neolook.net...

Alum SABINE DEHNEL'03 showed her work with Gallerie Esther Woerdehoff in the context of Paris Photo from the 19th to the 22 of November 2009 and had a solo show @ IMPULSE Miami though 2X2 Projects from December 3 - 6, 2009.

Alum ERIC MEDINE '06 was the curator of "Impossible Bottles" at Project Room G3 in San Pedro from December 12th, 2009 - January 2nd, 2010. The group exhibition includes the work of alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK. www.projectroomg3.com. MEDINE also showed his video installation "Culturally Biased Data Sets" for the "Let There Be Light" group exhibition organized by Phantom Gallery in Long Beach from December 5th to January 7, 2010.

Graduate Fine Arts professor ANNETTA KAPON'S video will be part of "SFC - SHOAH Film Collection" which will be released in Germany on occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of the Concentration Camp of Auschwitz on January 27 2010. www.nmartproject.net

Graduate Fine Arts professor CAROLE CAROOMPAS was in "Additive," a group show of USC alumni at the Roski MFA gallery at USC from December 3-16, 2009

Graduate Fine Arts professor ANNETTA KAPON is included in the group exhibition "Langue Froide… Cold Language/Tongue" curated by Bill Wright & Conny Dietzschold at Dietzschod Gallery in Sydney, Australia, from November 14 – December 12, 2009.

Alum WENDY GIVEN'S '02 work is currently included in the Humble Arts Foundation online Group Show 31.hafny.org...

Graduate senior lecturers JOHN KNIGHT and KORI NEWKIRK are two of 23 artists that were commissioned to create large scale billboards throughout Los Angeles from February 5 through March 26, 2010. "How Many Billboards? Art in Stead " is organized by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture's Director Kimberli Meyer with co-curators Lisa Henry, alum DR. NIZAN SHAKED '00, Dr. Gloria Sutton, and public art consultant Sara Daleiden. The exhibition will be accompanied by an overview exhibit and orientation station at the Schindler House, which opens on February 23, as well as a series of public programs and bus tours.

Alum ANDREW ARMSTRONG '00 WAS IN THE Exhibition "Furniture," at New Puppy Gallery, L.A. October 2 - 25 2009. 

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND '00 was in the Exhibition: "2009 Juried All- Media Exhibition," Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA August 21 - September 26. 

Alum STEPHANIE ALLESPACH '01 participated in the exhibition: "Building Bridges: From Tehran to Los Angeles, Film Festival," Fowler Museum, UCLA, October 15, 2009. 

Alum STEVEN BANKHEAD '01 showed his work in "Location, Location, Location," at Circus Gallery, L.A. October 24 - November 28. 

Alum MICHELLE WIENER '08 participated in Three Legged Table at Samuel Freeman Gallery from December 12 to January 23, 2010. 

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 had a solo exhibition: "Wings Scatter Like Leaves in Your Hand," at Jancar Gallery, L.A. November 21 - December 19, 2009.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ '03 was the Organizer/ Curator of the Traveling Exhibition: "MexiCali Biennial 09/10," Mexicali, B.C., Mexico and Ben Maltz Gallery, L.A., August 28  - March 20, 2010.

Alum MATT MACFARLAND '03 showed his work in "MexiCali Biennial 09/10," MexiCali, B.C., Mexico and Ben Maltz Gallery, L.A. August 28, 2009 - 2010.  www.mexicalibiennial.org and "The Lost Artworks, Immersion Program: Somewhere Between the Dust and the Light," Summecamp Project Project, L.A. 

Alum MICHELLE CHONG '06 was in the traveling exhibition: "1 H Art," Milan Art Fair and Vernon City Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2009.

Grad MATTHEW CARTER with Public Practice Grad FAITH PURVEY held an Open artHouse of new paintings and mixed media works on Saturday, December 12  /  5 - 8 PM @ Pico Machine, 11829 Teale St. Unit B Culver City, 90230.

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL will show his new WORKS ON PAPER at Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York from January 14 - February 13, 2010. lennonweinberg.com

Grad EDITH BEAUCAGE'S MFA exhibition opens at the Bolsky Gallery at Otis on January 28, 2010.