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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 February 2013

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter February 2013

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

Graduate faculty KATHRIN BURMESTER and alum TUCKER NEEL '07 are showing their work in Plan Your Visit at the Mak Center for Art and Architecture from February 14 to April 7, 2013. The exhibition was curated by alums ANTHONY CARFELLO '09 and ADAM PENA '10. The exhibition was reviewed in the LA Weekly by Catherine Wagley on February 21, 2013.

Grad LISA OXLEY had her MFA exhibition TWELVE SIDELONG GLANCES at the Bolsky Gallery from FEBRUARY 6-9, 2013

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 has work included in a Valentine's themed group art exhibit at Avenue 50 Studio in Highland Park from February 9 to March 3, 2013.

Alum EDITH BEAUCAGE '10 took part in Verhond¹s First International Painting Show, Appels Gallery, Amsterdam (curated by Art Initiative Verhond) from January 19-20, 2013. The work will then be shown for three months in the Ambassador room.

Grad CHRISTINA HENDERSHAW had her MFA exhibition Everything is Visible from Here from February 12th - 16th at the Bolski Gallery at Otis.

Alum MICHELLE CHONG '06 is the curator of the group exhibition Bussi Baba at Elephant Gallery in Los Angeles March 1st - March 16th

Grad SRIJON CHOWDHURY had his MFA exhibition Believer at the Bolsky Gallery from February 19-24, 2013.

Alum ALEX DONIS '94 participated in BORN TO CURATE, a live curatorial battle organized as part of an exhibition. Saturday February 23, 2013, at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.

Alum CHRIS OATEY '06 had a one person show Performing Methods and curated the group exhibition Performing Methods-In context at CB1 Gallery from February 24 to March 31, 2013.

Grad ALEC EGAN had his MFA thesis show, "you should've asked your dad about that" at the Bolsky Gallery from March 25-April 7.

GFA professor RENEE PETROPOULOS is the recipient of the 2013 Otis Teaching Excellence award.