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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 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter September  October 2010

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


Alum SERGIO BROMBERG '10 curated an exhibition by Joey Wolf at Venice 6114 on September 18-19, 2010.

ROY DOWELL, Chair, Graduate Fine Arts, will have works included in the exhibition and catalogue "The Jewel Thief" on view at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, from Sept. 7, 2010  to  Feb. 27, 2011.

An article, "Houses of Light" appeared in the September issue of the English art magazine, Apollo, on artists ROY DOWELL (Chair, Graduate Fine Arts) and Lari Pittman.

Grad TAYLOR TSCHIDER represented Grad Fine Arts at GLAMFA (Greater Los Angeles MFA) at Cal State Long Beach from August 29 to September 9, 2010.

In conjunction with alum JENNIFER WOLF'S '10 participation in "The Bigger Picture" there was a Contemporary Art Conversation #6 on Saturday, September 11 at Edgar Varela Fine Arts (EVFA)

Alum TONE NIELSEN '98, a member of Kuratorisk Aktion is contributing the video THE ROAD TO MENTAL  DECOLONIZATION to the group show KUUK – Art in themVicinity of Greenland curated by Julie Edel Hardenberg & Iben Mondrup at BKS Garage in Copenhagen.

ROY DOWELL, Chair of Graduate Fine Arts, and graduate Senior Lecturers KORI NEWKIRK and JOHN KNIGHT  have work included in The Artist's Museum exhibition at MOCA and Geffen from 9/19/10 to 1/31/11.

Alum JENNIFER LANSKI '06 showed 50 drawings in "Neighborhood" at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) from October 1 to November 20, 2010. www.indymoca.org...

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 co-curated Psychic Outlaws, a group exhibition that includes alum TAMI DEMAREE '03 based on BUCKLEY'S novel of the same title at the Luckman Gallery at Cal State L.A. from September 25 to November 6, 2010.

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND '00 shot and edited the documentary film Red Hope premiering in Los Angeles on October 31, 2010.

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, 2010 to January 10, 2011.

Alum SERGIO BROMBERG '10 was selected by the Sandberg Institute for the 2011 Otis/Sandberg Residency Exchange Fellowship in March and April 2011.

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 read from and signed her new novel "Psychic Outlaws" at the Standard Hotel on Tuesday October 19, 2010.

Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON was awarded a Creative Capacity Fund Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in October 2010.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 is in To Live and Draw in LA at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro from November 7, 2010 to January 11, 2011.

Alum MATT CARTER '10 has a solo installation called "For a Good Time Call" at Neon Gallery and Press at CSULB from November 14 to December 12, 2010.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07  has curated the exhibition Permissions at Highways Gallery, Sept. 25-Oct. 16.

Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON has a page on the Open Daybook edited by David Earle and published by Random House in November 2010. There will be a related exhibition at LACE in January 2011.