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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 January and February 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter January  February 2012

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

Alum ERIC MEDINE ‘06 showed some of his most recent JAVA projects at the Venice Lights fest (http://veniceartcrawl.com) on Thursday, Jan 19th during the Venice Art Crawl and MOMENTUM on Market St. from Pacific to Speedway.

Grad Faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS will be doing/performing a new work: "Analog (Mostly) Among Nations" at the MAK Schindler House on February 10, 2012, (this work will also be performed at CAA, date to be announced) and she will be in the Exhibition, "Figures and Grounds: Approaches to Abstraction", March 8 to May 2012 at the Arts Club of Chicago.  "Breaking in Two", will be opening on Feb. 11 at the Arena 1 Gallery as part of PST. PETROPOULOS will be a guest professor at the New School in April 2012 for a workshop in performance.

“The Senior Discount,” alum JOE SOLA’S ’99 solo show was held in New York City at Blackston Gallery (October December 2011) and reviewed in Art in America.

Grad Faculty ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in a four-person exhibition at Lola Nikolaou Gallery in Thessaloniki, Greece from March 8 to April 2, 2012.


Graduate Faculty JOHN KNIGHT'S work will be included in the Whitney Museum Biennial from March 1 through May 27, 2012.
Grad Faculty ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in the 22nd Photo Biennial of Thessaloniki, Greece from April to July 2012.

There is an extensive interview and article with photos with grad MATT LIFSON in the online magazinelaiamyours.com.

Alum JACOB MELCHI ‘03 exhibited his work in Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like, from Feb 15 - March 17 2012 at George Lawson Gallery, Los Angeles.

MELCHI ‘03 also showed in PAINTING (LOS ANGELES)- from January 19 to March 9 2012 at Another Year in LA, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles.

Alum STEVEN BANKHEAD '01 was included in the article, “Top 10 Moments of the Year in L.A. Art” by Catherine Wagley in the LA Weekly 12/22/11.

Graduate Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL will have a solo exhibition at GALERIA NINA MENOCAL in Mexico City from APRIL 10 – MAY 19 2012.

Alum TUCKER NEEL’S ‘07 323 Projects (323) 843-4652 Presented Volume by Brookhart Jonquil from January 20 – February 25, 2012.

Alum MARY YOUNAKOF ‘06 showed the new installment of her 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project, at the Pacific Design Center in space B233, from January 26 through March 2, 2012. Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY reviewed the exhibition in the Huffington Post.

YOUNAKOF ‘06 also showed her project/performance SPECTRUM on Tuesday March 20 in The Dressing Room, space B239 at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood.

323 Projects and alum TUCKER NEEL ‘07 (323) 843-4652 announced the record release and performance for
OJO's Cave-Out (In Three Parts, All At Once) at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions on Thursday, January 26, 2012. 

Alum DANIELA CALANDRA ‘11 showed her work in the group exhibition Immigrant/Emigrant curated by Lara Bullock at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro from January 22 to April 20 2012. There will be an artist talk on March18, 2012.

Alum MELISE MESTAYER ‘11 was in a group exhibition titled 'Chasm of the Supernova' at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts from Feb 11 - March 15.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ ‘03 participated in the group exhibition “In the Dark” at the LA Mart 12th Floor from February 4 to March 31, 2012

Alum WENDY GIVEN ‘02 had a one-person exhibition Luminosis mori at Gallery Nationale in Portland OR from February 3 - February 26, 2012

Grad MATT LIFSON had his MFA thesis exhibition Smoke and Mirrors in the Bolsky Gallery from March 1, 2012.

Alum SUSAN HOROWITZ ‘00 participated in the two person exhibition Perspectives/The White City at Hennessey and Ingalls in Santa Monica from February 1 to April 21, and at the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara from March 11 to June 22, 2012.

Grad CHARLEY ALEXANDER had his MFA exhibition “Ripple” at the Bolsky Gallery from February 21  to February 25, 2012

“A Measure of Continuity” the MFA exhibition by grad MISAKI KANEKO was at the Bolsky gallery from February 15-18, 2012

Under the supervision of graduate faculty KATHRIN BURMESTER Grad students BRANDY WOLFE, BRIDGET KANE, and SHALINI SANJAY PATEL curated videos from Chapman students; and SRIJON CHOWDHURY, BRIDGET KANE, ELENA ROSA, and TAMMY VO were selected by students from Art Center to have their videos included in the program “  Forward Thinking: A Curatorial Roundabout” in the Media Lounge at the CAA Centennial Conference on February 22, 23, and 24th. The project was organized by Micol Hebron for the CAA Services to Artists Committee at the 2012 Centennial Annual Conference, Los Angeles.

Alums MATT CARTER ’10, CHARLEY ALEXANDER ‘11, and grad BRYAN RICCI were in the group exhibition IF YOU CAN’T FAKE IT, MAKE IT at Jaus Gallery from March 23 to May 6,  2012,  curated by JAUS Co-director Chris Tallon

The Hole-in-The-Wall Grad Studios Gallery currently features PUCKER, 2011, a work by alum CHARLEY ALEXANDER ‘11.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ‘07 showed her work at Wallspace at 607 la brea on Saturday March 3rd, 2012.

Grad TAMMY VO had her MFA thesis exhibition WHERE PLEASURE MOMENTS HUNG BEFORE at the Bolsky Gallery from March 1-3, 2012.