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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 2009

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter September  October 2009

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


Alum STEVEN BANKHEAD '01 was featured in an LA Times article on August 28, 2009. See latimesblogs.latimes.com... for photos and work.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 gave an interview ot Julienne Lin about her recent solo exhibition in Seoul, that was published in the August 2009 issue of Artslant. www.artslant.com

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF '06 showed her work in the four-person exhibition "Immaculate," curated by Marielos Zeka at Jose Drudis-Biada Gallery of Mount Saint Mary's College from September 8 to October 3, 2009.

2009 Alums NINA LAURINOLLI, BRIAN MARRIER and KRISTER FOSTER took part in MFA Conversations Part II curated by Marla Koosed at I-5 gallery at the Brewery from July 17 to September 11, 2009. 

Alum BREE YENALAVITCH '06 showed her work in “A New Outlook“ / Multimedia Installation at Project Room G3 in San Pedro from September 26 to October 24, 2009. The exhibition was organized by alum SOJUNG KWON '07.

Alum WHITNEY STOLICH '04 was the subject of a feature article in "Untitled Magazine" Number 2,www.untitledmagazine.org...

Senior Lecturer JOHN KNIGHT had a one-person show at Richard Telles Fine Art from September 12 to October 24, 2009. and in Barcelona, Spain, Sept-Oct 2009.

Adjunct Associate Professor RENEE PETROPOULOS showed her work Two or Three Things I Know about Gas Station Mini-Marts in the context of the program Screening of Vox Populi Gallery at OODA Philadelphia PA from August 7 - August 30 2009.

Alum HELEN CAHNG'S '05 most recent project, “RERUNWAY”, is a subscription based e-journal. 

Alum KIM FISHER '98 had a solo show at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum from August 1 to October 18, 2009

Alums KENNETH COWAN '06 and WHITNEY STOLICH '04 were selected by the French Consulate to travel to France (Aix-en-Provence and Toulon) as part of the Jeunes Talents Program 2010.

Alum JACOB MELCHI '03 with Ethan Ayer did an online collaboration for Light and Wire Gallery from September 15 to October 14, 2009. lightandwiregallery.com

Alum JESSE BENSON '03 co-curated an exhibition of D'Ette Nogle (A suspended Projection) at UC Irvine Room Gallery from D'Ette Nogle from October 1 - November 21, 2009

Alum STEVEN BANKHEAD '01 was part of an exhibition titled Concrete Drawing: Extending the Line at the Fine Arts Gallery of CSULA from October 10 to November 5, 2009. The exhibition was curated by Barry Markowitz.

New American Fiction is a contemporary fiction and poetry reading series organized by graduate faculty BENJAMIN WEISSMAN at the Hammer Museum. The latest installment was a reading by Jean Thompson on October 15, 2009.

Senior Lecturer JUDIE BAMBER  participated in the group exhibition Mama San curated by Young Chung at the Glendale College Art Gallery from October 17 to December 15, 2009.

Alum SABINE DEHNEL '03 had two group exhibitions of her work:  Inner Landscape at Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven in Germany, from Sept  27 to November 29,  2009 and The Non-Age, Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporàneo, Arrecife/ Lanzarote in Spain from October 19, 2009 - January 19, 2010

Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK ‘07 showed his work at Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Sept 17 to Oct 9, 2009.

Graduate Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL had a one-person exhibition at Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, from Oct 10  to November 14, 2009. DOWELL also showed his work at Kunsthaus Santa Fe, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in conjunction with the annual Guanajuato Cervantes Festival from Oct. 10 to Jan 9, 2009.

Alum ALEX KROLL  ‘08 was in a group show  “Seasonal Pictures” at Acme, Los Angeles, Sept 12 to Oct 10, 2009.

Grad SERGIO BROMBERG showed his work in the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in "Awaiting Transformation: es la Vida" from October 23 to Novemeber 22, 2009.

Grad WAKANA KIMURA, alum ALEX KROLL '08 and graduate professors ANNETTA KAPON and RENEE PETROPOULOS took part in Monster Drawing Rally, a fundraiser for Outpost Center for Contemporary Art on November 8, 2009.

Grad CIMA RAHMANKHAH participated in the group exhibition "Off The Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art," at The University Art Gallery at UC San Diego. The internationally traveling show makes its first stop in the United States at UCSD, opening Oct. 23 and remaining on view through Dec. 12. Curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg.