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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.


October 2013

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Compiled by Annetta Kapon


Alum JOE SOLA'S '99 exhibition "Portraits: An Exhibition Inside Tif Sigfrids'Ear" (Oct. 12-Nov. 9) at Tif Sigfrids gallery was reviewed in Art in America by Maxwell Williams on October 2, 2013. The exhibition was reviewed in the LATimes by Leah Ollman on October 25, 2013

Alums MERRILYN DUZY '88 and NICHOLAS FEDAK II '88 have work included in Visual Evidence at the Seaver Art Gallery in LA from Oct 21-Nov 15 2013. Curated by Nicholas Fedak.

Alums ALEC EGAN '13, MATT LIFSON '12 and JACOB MELCHI '03 are showing work in the California Heritage Museum exhibition Five New Artists -On the Map curated by Guy Dill from October 26 2013 to February 23, 2014.

Alum MOLLY COREY '01 is in A Little Joy of a Bungalow from October 16,
2013 to January 5, 2014 at the Schindler House in West Hollywood.

Alum MATT LIFSON '12 has his first one-person exhibition of new work at Angles Gallery from November 2 to December 21 2013.

Alum TAYLOR TSCHIDER '11 has a solo exhibition of new sculpture and photography,I Think We¹re Alone Now at 2A Gallery  from October 19 to ­ December 8, 2013.

Alum ALEX DONIS '94 will be part of the 2nd annual Los Angeles SUR Biennial Exhibit at Torrance Art Museum from October 26th to November 9, 2013.

Alum ALEC EGAN '13 is in the group exhibition NEW WORK at Western Projects:
from November 2 to December 21, 2013

French exchange artists DOMINIQUE GILLIOT and SABRINA SOYER, sponsored by FLARE, arrived on October 1 to spend two months as residents in GFA.

Alum MATTHEW CARTER '10 showed Napoleon Crystal Meth at the Proxy Gallery in culver city from October 10 to October 31, 2013.

GFA Chair ROY DOWELL showed New Work in a one-person exhibition at James Harris Gallery in Seattle from October 17 to November 27, 2013.

GFA Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON showed work in the group exhibition Margin Release Right curated by Kio Griffith at West LA College Gallery from October 17 to November 7, 2013.