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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 July and August 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter July  August 2010

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

Grad LISA OXLEY participated in the group show "On Paper" at George Billis Gallery in Culver City, July 10- Sept 4, 2010.

Alums MICHELLE WIENER '08 and JENNIFER WOLF '10 participated in Women of an Uncertain Age at Samuel Freeman Gallery from July 9 - August 14th, 2010.

Alums EDITH BEAUCAGE'10, ALEXANDER KROLL'08, and grad MATT LIFSON showed their work in The Art that Dare not Speak its Name at CB1 Gallery from July 7 to August 1, 2010. The exhibition was reviewed by Sharon Mizota in the LA Times on July 16, 2010.

Graduate Senior Lecturer KORI NEWKIRK showed his work at Country Club Los Angeles from July 17 to August 21, 2010.

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03 curated the show Anarchy at POST on July 30, 2010.

Alum AMANDA KELLER KONYA '09 had a one person show "Difficult Situations" at Project Room G3 in San Pedro from August 7 to August 28, 2010.

Alums CHRIS OATEY '06 and HILDE OVERBERGH '90 showed in "For your Pleasure" at CB1 Gallery from August 6 to September 4, 2010.

Grad MISAKI KANEKO and alum KRISTIN DUCHARME '03 showed her work in the 2010 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition juried by Franklin Sirmans and Ali Subotnick at the Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery from August 12 – October 3, 2010

Alum MATT CARTER '10 and grad MELISE MESTAYER were selected to be this year’s Otis participants at Anderson Ranch.

Alum JACOB MELCHI '03 participated in NEW! at Another Year in LA at Pacific Design Center - B267 from July 22 to September 10, 2010.

Alums SERGIO BROMBERG '10 and MATTHEW WARREN '09 showed their work in FIRST MONTH FREE at EXTRA SPACE STORAGE UNIT #296 from AUG 6 to SEP 6, 2010.

Alum STEVE BANKHEAD '01 was included in THE RISE OF RAD, curated by Max Presneill at Torrance Art Museum from July  24 - September 4, 2010.

Alum ANA RODRIGUEZ '09 has a solo show called "Sweet Toxicity" at Steve Turner Contemporary from September 11 to 0ctober 9th, 2010.

Alum JENNIFER WOLF '10 participated in "The Bigger Picture" curated by Shana Nys Dambrot at Edgar Varela Fine Arts from August 18 to September 11, 2010.
Graduate Fine Arts Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON has a solo exhibition called "The Measure of Value" at Las Cienegas Projects from September 4 to October 2, 2010.

Alums LAURA DAROCA '03 and JJ STEVENS '10 and Graduate Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA Kapon showed their videos in VideO-Otis HERE at DANNYS ART BAR inVenice CA on August 19, 2010. Curator: Ceres Madoo.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ '01 had a collaborative piece with Ivan Limas at Gallery 727 on August 12, 2010.

Alum MATT MACFARLAND '03 is included in Obsessed at Summercamp Project Space,organized by Fatima Hoang, Elonda Billera & Janice Gomez from August 22nd to September 3rd, 2010.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 is the director of 323Projects at (323) 843-4652. The inaugural exhibition is Mathew Timmons: The Archanoids from September 6 to October 11. (323) TIE-IN-LA

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 is showing her "Planning a Year" at Tahoe Gallery at Sierra Nevada College from August 26 - September 26, 2010. She also had a solo exhibition at Porter Gallery in Long Beach on September 3, 2010.

Alum DANA MONTLACK '94 showed her work at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in Art San Diego 2010 September 2 - 5, 2010.

Graduate Senior Lecturer JOHN KNIGHT was in the exhibition The Linguistic Turn at Cardwell/Jimmerson Gallery from August 21 to September 25, 2010.

Graduate Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON was in the online exhibition On Seeing at Huffington Post curated by alum ANNIE BUCKLEY '03. www.huffingtonpost.com...62.html