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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 2011

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November  December 2011

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


Alum MICHELLE CHONG ‘06 was in “Points of Departure”, a group photography exhibition curated by Yasmin Etemadi at Jones Studio Gallery from November 4–26, 2011.

Alum TUCKER NEEL’S ‘07 323 Projects (323) 843-4652 presented Bring Football Back by alum ANTHONY CARFELLO ‘09 from November 5–26, 2011.

As part of the 5th annual Jeunes Talents (Young Talents) photography project, grads CHRISTINA HENDERSHAW (Rouen) and BRANDY WOLFE (Martinique) were sent on ten-day trips this past spring to various parts of France to capture their visions of contemporary French life. After premiering an exhibit at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York this fall, the exhibit moved to Gallery 825  in Los Angeles from November 18 to December 2, 2011.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ‘07 showed her work in the Inglewood Open Studios event, at the Beacon Arts Building (Gallery) on Sat and Sunday Nov 12th and 13th 2011.

Graduate Faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS and grad ELENA ROSA performed PETROPOULOS’S work "Aesthetic: Among Nations" at the Now Festival at UCSD the weekend of October 13–15th 2011.

Alum ADAM MARS ‘07 participated in the group exhibition SLASH / An International Survey of Contemporary Collage at Carl E. Smith Fine Art in Laguna Beach from 19 November–12 December, 2011

Alum BARBARA ROMAIN ‘91 showed her work IN CORE 7- DEFINING OURSELVES at the Santa Monica Art Studios, curated by Mark Plople on November 19, 2011.

Alum ROB FAUCETTE ‘05 released an album on iTunes under the Amy Radio name featuring 10 songs.  FAUCETTE also had a one-person exhibition of his work “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow” at Alexander For Hair in Los Angeles from December 7 to February 1, 2012.

Graduate faculty JUDIE BAMBER’S solo exhibition at Angles Gallery “Are You My Mother?” was reviewed by Leah Ohlman in the Los Angeles Times on December 9, 2011.

Alum LORENZO HURTADO-SEGOVIA ‘07 has a one person exhibition titled Papel tejido at CB1 Gallery from January 22, 2012 to February 19, 2012.
Alum ALEX DONIS will show his work in the group exhibition "Go Tell It On The Mountain" at Charlie James Gallery from January 14th to February 18, 2012.

Alums LUIS HERNANDEZ ‘03 and ED GOMEZ ‘03 participated in the group exhibition “Drawing from Reference” at Modified Arts in Phoenix AZ from Dec. 16, 2011–Jan. 14, 2012