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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 September and October 2006

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter September — October 2006

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



L.A. Weekly and Track 16 Gallery hosted MFA WMDs: Selections From L.A. Art Schools.  The show, co-curated by Tom Christie and  Holly Myers, featured the work of some 20 artists studying in MFA programs in 2006 at UCLA, USC, CalArts, Art Center, Claremont Graduate School, Cal State


Long Beach and Otis. The exhibition ran from September 9 through October 13, 2006, and included alum ERIC MEDINE and grad CHRIS OATEY. A long article on the show was published in the LA WEEKLY of Sept. 7-13.


Alum JESSE BENSON and Becky Koblick in collaboration with Phantom Galleries Los Angeles presented the group show Building Up from the Left Over, including alum STEVEN BANKHEAD in a vacant storefront on the corner of 6th Street and Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, during the Los

Angeles Art Walk Sept. 14. The show will be visible in the shop window indefinitely.


Grad ZEAL HARRIS'S painting was included in the show "Homeland", at Le Florence Gallery at 43rd and Degnan in Leimert from Sept. 9 to October 31st, 2005. HARRIS was also on 90.7 (KPFK) on  9/11 at 8:45 AM discussing the show.


GLAMFA (Greater Los Angeles Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition was at CSULB was from August 28 to September 7, 2006, featuring work by artists from Art Center, Cal Arts, CSU Fullerton, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Northridge, Claremont, Otis College, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USC. Otis Grads SOJUNG KWON and ZEAL HARRIS and alums ERIC MEDINE,  and BREE-ANN YENALAVITCH participated with their work. MEDINE also took part in a panel discussion at CSULB on Wednesday Sept. 14, 2006.


Chung King Common was on Friday and Saturday September 8 and 9, 2006. It included alum TARA KOZUBACK'S video work. Other events were scheduled throughout September.  Chung King Common was produced and curated by TELIC Arts Exchange (Alum HELEN CAHNG, Sean Dockray, Fiona Whitton).http://www.telic.info


Alum MARY YOUNAKOF was in a show called Photography Unbound in the main gallery at the Robert V. Fullerton Museum at Cal State San Bernardino, from September 30th to December 9 2006. YOUNAKOF was also in the NEWSPACE show JONI GORDON 33 Years at NEWSPACE, 1973-2006: "GOOD TO GO" September 16  to December 16, 2006.


Alum JEFFREY VALLANCE is included in a new Hayward Gallery Touring Exhibition in collaboration with the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University. 16 September - 11 November 2006. The exhibition will subsequently tour in Newcastle, Bexhill and Manchester.


Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS was awarded a California Community Foundation grant for 2006.


Graduate faculty ROY DOWELL is in an exhibition at the Palmer Museum in Pennsylvania called Couples' Discourse, currently on view.  He is also finishing his work for MetroLink station  in Canoga Park scheduled for completion December 15, 2006.


Graduate faculty CAROLE CAROOMPAS received the 2006 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant.


Grad SEAN ALDRIN showed his work at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills from September 21 through November, 2006.


Graduate Faculty ANNETTA KAPON and alums ALEX DONIS and VALERIE TYMOCZKO were in the show ARTISTS WHO TEACH at Sam Francis Gallery, Crossroads School, from September 7 to October 12, 2006.


Alum ERIC MEDINE showed his work at Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School from October 19-November 21 in the show Alternate Routes: Mapping in the Studio.


Alum ROB FAUCETTE hosted the Amy Radio show broadcast from Vienna, Austria on September 26 2006.http://o94.at/.../


Graduate faculty JOHN KNIGHT showed his project Adjusted for Inflation at Observatoire Maison Gregoire in Brussels from September 21 to October 28 2006.


The work of six current candidates for the MFA program in Fine Arts is currently on view in a special exhibition in the Otis Forum.  The participating artists are MICHAEL BRUNSWICK, ERIC R. DOOLIN, CHORROTH GARCIA, FRANCESCA "ZEAL" HARRIS, ADAM MARS and JOHN WESTON. This exhibition will remain on view through the Fall semester 2006.


Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY published the following articles in October 2006: Tracing the Tape: Video Art at the Getty, Artillery, October 2006 Live Memorial: in Conversation with Hunter Reynolds, A&U magazine, October 2006 Video Poet: Marnie Weber's Mystical Realism, Artillery, October 2006 Andrea Bowers at the Gallery at REDCAT, art review, Artweek, October 2006 Online Articles: New installment of Art and the City: The Art of Connecting http://zerodegreeart.com


Grad LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA showed his work in the group show Xicano@ Demiurge, an immediate survey at Pharmaka from October 12 - November 30, 2006.  http://www.pharmaka-art.org/


Alum MATT MACFARLAND Is showing his work in Oh Lots of Things at Me & You Variety Candy Los Angeles from October 20 - November 10, 2006.


Alums ANDREW ARMSTRONG, JESSE BENSON, LUIS G. FERNANDEZ, ED GOMEZ, and MIKE ROGERS are participating in MexiCali Biennial/06, in Mexicali, Mexico.  The show ends on November 4th, 2006.


Grad CHRIS OATEY is included in an MFA Invitational at Cranbrook Academy of Art - juried by Susanne  Hilberry and Paul Kotula - from Nov. 17 to November 28th 2006, and a three-person show at Seeline Gallery in Santa Monica opening on Dec 16th, 2006.


Grad KATHRIN BURMESTER and alum BREE YENALAVITCH will take part in Too Much Freedom? LA Freewaves 10th Celebration of Experimental Media Arts in Nov. 2006 at various venues in Los Angeles.http://freewaves.org/festivals.htm


Alum MARY YOUNAKOF and her work are featured in  the new magazine Lifescapes, October 2006.