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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 2007

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter September — October 2007

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


Alums ADAM MARS,JOHN WESTON,TUCKER NEEL, SOJUNG KWON and KATHRIN BURMESTER '07 all showed their work in Greater LA MFA exhibition at Cal State Long Beach from September 10-20, 2007.

Alum KATHRIN BURMESTER'S '07 piece 'trail, facade, escalator' was included in this year's UCLA Wight Gallery exhibition called "My Buddy', from Sept. 27th. to Oct. 10th. Also participating in this exhibition was grad ALEX KROLL.

Alum ALEX DONIS '94 gave an artist talk on Thurs. Sept. 6th at Cerritos College Art Gallery in the context of his exhibition “Alex Donis Selected Works: 1995 – 2006” Aug. 21 – Sept. 25.

Alum ED GOMEZ '03 participated in the group exhibition LATITUDE at LA Art Core from October 3 –to October 30, 2007.

Grad faculty JOHN KNIGHT was in part one of the group exhibition 30/40 curated by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh at Marian Goodman Gallery in NY from September 10 to October 13, 2007.

Alum SABINE DEHNEL '01 had a solo show titled Elsewhere at Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque NM  from September 7 to October 12, 2007.

Alum DANA MONTLACK '95 showed her Recent Works at the Pacific Beach Branch Library in San Diego from July 15 to August 26, 2007.

Grad LINDSEY JACKSON participated in  the exhibition Radical Fashion at Classy Seconds in Carson City from September 13 to October 11, 2007.

Alum JOE SOLA '99 participated in Monster Drawing Rally, a drawing competition with over 75 artists at Women´s Twentieth Century Club of Eagle Rock on Sunday, September 23, 2007, 4-9 pm.

Alum ANDREW ARMSTRONG '02 participated in “Ah - peh - JEE – doh,” curated by alums LUIS G. HERNANDEZ and ED GOMEZ, The Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock, August 18-October 10.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 did a performance titled "Thousand Dollar Project #2" in front of San Francisco City Hall on September 21, 2007 in the context of WOMEN ARTISTS IN ACTION. After the opening day, video documentation of the performance was shown on a TV monitor in the gallery.

Alum BILL KLEIMAN '89 and Chris Pate showed their work in State Line at Jail Gallery in Los Angeles from September 25 to October 27, 2007. The exhibition was reviewed in the LA Times on October 12 by Holly Myers. http://www.latimes.com/.../la-et-galleries12oct12,1,4346335.story?

Alum ERIC MEDINE '06 is mentioned in the latest ezine blackbookmaghttp://www.blackbookmag.com/.../forget_stuffy_gallery_think_sa.php for his video DJ presentation at Salon Oblique in Los Angeles.

NOTHING MOMENTS is a collaborative project of 24 limited edition books in art, literature and design organized by Steven Hull and alum TAMI DEMAREE '03, with alum ANNIE BUCKLEY and John Sweda. Participants include alums JESSE BENSON, JACOB MELCHI, TAMI DEMAREE, ANNIE BUCKLEY '03, and MARY YOUNAKOF '06, as well graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS and BENJAMIN WEISSMAN. The project was launched on October, 13 2007. The books and drawings exhibition is at Steve Turner Gallery and is scheduled to travel to venues in San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, and New York through 2008.

Alum OTINO CORSANO '00 had a solo exhibition of his new paintings called "Ones" at  KATHARINE MULHERIN CONTEMPORARY ART PROJECTS in Toronto, Canada, from October 4 to October 27, 2007.

Alum LAURA DAROCA '03 was acknowledged for her outstanding cinematography in the short indie film "Westsider." To read the review, visit: http://www.badlit.com/?

Alum SUSAN HOROWITZ '01 and Carol Bishop have a Photo installation, LA CONTINUUM, at Hennessey Ingalls in Santa Monica from October 4 2007 to January 4 2008.  HOROWITZ was also a Museum/Gallery Co-Chair for “Archfest,” a celebration of Los Angeles Architecture, October, 2007. http://www.archifestla.info

Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS designed vinyl window treatments for a project called "Ramp Project: Taalman Koch, Fly Thru" at the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. The installation will be on from September 7 to December 16, 2007.


Alum PATRICK HILL '00 had a one-person exhibition, Forming, at Bortolami Gallery in NY from September 20 to October 20, 2007.

Alum JEFFREY VALLANCE '81 showed his work in “Reliquary Chapel,” De Vleeshal, Middelbug, The Netherlands, September 9-February 12, 2008; “Middle School: Smart Art Press, The First Thirteen Years,” Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, September 19-October 24. Publication:  Third Edition (and 30th anniversary) of Blinky, the Friendly Hen, Smart Art Press.

Alum WENDY GIVEN '02 is assistant Collections Manager, Fowler Museum, University of California, Los Angeles.

Alum SAM WATTERS '02 is the author of Houses of Los Angeles, 1885-1919, and  Houses of Los Angeles, 1920-1935 (2 volumes,) Acanthus Press released on  October 1.  WATTERS is also editor of American Gardens, 1890-1930: Northeast, Mid-atlantic, And Midwest Regions,  Acanthus  Press, 2006. Review by Bettijane Levine, Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2007. http://www.latimes.com/.../la-hm-lost4oct04,0,6969718.story?

Alum CHRIS OATEY '07 MFA Fine Arts will show "Wallpaper of Champions,”  at See Line Gallery, Santa Monica, October 20-November 24; He also exhibited his work in “Drawing Invitational,” Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, September 4-October 7.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 was selected by the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam as the first Otis/Sandberg residency exchange fellow. She will be in Amsterdam from March to June 2008. Sandberg graduate student Nadine Hottenrot was selected by Otis to be the Dutch artist in residence for the same period.

Alum STEVEN BANKHEAD '01 and graduate faculty DANA DUFF are in the show On Death and Drawing curated by Jessica Minckley at Angles Gallery West from October 20 to November 24, 2007.

Alum SABINE DEHNEL '01 is showing her work in Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg in Germany from October 19 2007 to February 3, 2008. The exhibition will feature her series of photographs Grüner Salon (2004). DEHNEL also has work ("elsewhere") at Art Fair PULSE, London, October 11-14 2007, at Galerie Filipp Rosbach, Leipzig, from Sept. 15 to November 17, at at Gallery 2X2 in Amsterdam from November 2 to November 29, 2007.

Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK '07 participated in the group exhibition EARTH & THE SKY BEYOND from October 13 - November 10 at The Whole 9 Gallery in Culver City, CA.

The publisher iUniverse Inc has just released alum JOAN LAUGHLIN'S '02 first novel, LOSING.

Alum WHITNEY STOLICH '03 and graduate faculty ABDELALI DAHROUCH are in the show “Border Myths/Border Realities” at CSULB from November 8-December 16. This exhibition was curated by the CSULB Museum Studies Program.

Graduate faculty CAROLE CAROOMPAS will show her New Paintings and Drawings: Dancing With Misfits: Eye-Dazzler at Western Project November 3 – December 22, 2007. The exhibition is accompanied by a full color catalogue that includes text by Graduate Fine Arts chair ROY DOWELL.

Alum JOE SOLA '99 has a one-person show called The Buck Stops Here at Bucket Rider Gallery in Chicago from October 26 to November 24, 2007. SOLA and Michael Webster also performed "Bananas at the Hammer" on Tuesday, October, 30 2007.

Alum KATHRIN BURMESTER'S '07 exhibition 'Peoplescapes' at Hunsaker/ Schesinger Fine Art was reviewed by alum TUCKER NEEL '07 in the October 2007 issue of Artillery magazine.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 is in the group show PILLOW TALK, part of the One Night Stand series, on Saturday November 3, 2007 at 2062 Ivar St.  Los Angeles, CA  90068.