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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 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November  December 2010

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


Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 was in the exhibition SKIN DEEP at The Loft at Liz’s from October 23rd 2010 through January 11th 2011. There was an Artists In Conversation event on Wednesday, November 10th, 2010.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ'03 participated in Catalytic: Communities Networks Participation in CSULB’s Gatov Gallery from Sunday, November 7th, through Wednesday, November 10th, 2010.

Alum TONE NIELSEN '98 was program coordinator of THE TRAMPOLINE HOUSE, a user-driven culture house for asylum seekers and Danes working for a just and humane refugee and asylum policy in Denmark. Open from November 27 2010 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07, participated in Eternal Telethon at Machine Project, organized by John Burtle on November 20th-21st 2010.

Grad SCOTT RABY and alum TUCKER NEEL '07 are in INCREMENTS, a GATE exhibition in Glendale City Center from December 10, 2010.

Alum AMANDA KELLER KONYA '09 had a solo exhibition "Commute" at the Phantom Galleries from December 11th 2010 to January 10, 2011

Alums ANTHONY CARFELLO '09, SOJUNG KWON '07, NINA LAURINOLLI '09 and ADAM PENA '10  showed their work in the group exhibition "I have a light" at S1F Gallery from December 11 to December 18, 2010.

Graduate Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON had a video included in "The Monitor Show" at Kristi Engle Gallery in Highland Park from December 11 to December 18th, 2010.

Graduate Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will participate in "Narratives of the Perverse" curated by Tom Jancar and Maya Lujan at Jancar Gallery from February 5 to February 26, 2011.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 organized "Telephone" through 323 Projects at François Ghebaly Gallery on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in “UNIVERSE  CITY,” a video installation project organized by Jim Ovelman and Barry Markowitz in the Main Gallery at CSULA from January 29, 2010 to February 23, 2011.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 and 323 Projects presented "Telephone" a One-Night Exhibition of Experimental Poetry, Sound Art, and Performances at François Ghebaly Gallery on Saturday, December 11, 2010.

Graduate faculty ANNETTA KAPON and alums ALEX KROLL '08, MATT MACFARLAND '03, and MICHELLE WIENER '08, will be in "The Open Daybook" at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) from January 6th - February 6th, 2011 

Alum SAM WATTERS '02 has a solo exhibition of works on paper at Karyn Lovegrove Gallery at the Edwin Ridgeway House in Hancock Park from October 23 to January 10, 2011.