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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.

    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.

  • Please join the Digital Media Department for a lecture by  Alina Chau.
    Chau is an Animator, Illustrator and Storyboard artist who has worked with Lucasfilm Animation, Technicolor Interactive Services, and Electronic Arts.  
    Alina Chau received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She spent over a decade working in the animation industry. Her most notable credit is on LucasFilm’s Emmy Award Winning program, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.


Newsletter July and August 2011

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter July  August 2011

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


Mark Moore Gallery hosted the Second Fridays Summer Screening Series #2, curated by MMG artist Kiel Johnson on Friday, July 8, 2011. It featured video by alum LUIS HERNANDEZ '03.

Alum DANIELA CALANDRA '11 took part in BOOM, SoCal MFA Invitational Group Exhibition, at LA Mart from July 28 to August 18, 2011.

Alum ALEX KROLL '08 participated in Metallic, one of Post's Kamikaze shows curated by Daniel Aksten on Sunday, July 10th at PØST.

Graduate Faculty KATHRIN BURMESTER organized and staged the open forum "PST-ALL ABOARD?" at PØST on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

Alum TUCKER NEEL'S 323 '07 Projects presented Mostly Musing and Some Rants (things I’ve wanted to talk about for 59 years) by David E. Stone from July 8 - Aug. 5, 2011.

Alum TUCKER NEEL'S '07 323 Projects presents "Songs by the demiurgic; original, instrumental and other forms of song for the everyday. A different song by a different artist each day. Curated by Kristi Lippire, from August 12 – September 9, 2011.

Grad ELENA ROSA was in the Group Exhibition: Summer Soul Sis at JAUS from July 15 to August 28, 2011

Alum JOHN WESTON '07 had a one person show, Pleasure Paintings, at Sabina Lee Gallery from July 23 – August 20, 2011.

Graduate Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL, Associate Professor RENEE PETROPOULOS and alum MATT CARTER '10 were included in "painting. design. speculation. generosity" curated by alum ALEX KROLL '08 at CB1 Gallery from July 9 to August 20, 2011. 

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ '03 is part of Re:Present. Produced by ARTRA Curatorial and artist-run gallery initiative Durden and Ray. On July 28, 2011 at LA Mart.

Alum SERGIO BROMBERG '10 was part of WET PAINT 3: Six Young LA Artists From August 20 - 27, 2011 at Steve Turner Contemporary.

Grad SHALINI PATEL participated in the group exhibition This Little Piggy curated by Paige Tighe at the Bolsky Gallery from June 25 to September 1, 2011.

Alum TUCKER NEEL'07 is in the online exhibition STICKS AND STONES: LANGUAGE

AND EMOTION, curated by David B. Smith at http://culturehall.com.

Alum TUCKER NEEL '07 had a review of The Big Four: Michael Decker, Liz Glynn, Jed Lind, Jacob Yanes published in the summer 2011 issue of X-TRA.

Graduate Professors ANNETTA KAPON and RENEE PETROPOULOS and alums JESSE BENSON '03, STEVEN BANKHEAD '01, LUIS HERNANDEZ '03, MICHELLE CHONG '06 and TAMI DEMAREE '03 participated in CHAIN LETTER-LONDON, July 23 to August 25, 2011.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 showed works in the 2011 Los Angeles Open Call at Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery July 24th to September 25th, 2011.

Graduate Faculty JUDIE BAMBER wrote a review of Blinky Palermo's Retrospective in the summer 2011 issue of X-TRA.

Alum ERIC MEDINE '06 delivered lectures as part of the DIY Tech Workshop series at FabLab, at the Space4Art in San Diego on  Sunday August 14th.

Grad MATT LIFSON is showing his work in the 12th Istanbul Biennial, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, from September 17–November 13, 2011. Curators: Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann.

Alum Hilde Overbergh '90 has a one person exhibition, Repositioning Basics, at CB-1 Gallery from September 11 – October 16, 2011.

Grad fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON was included in "OUT THE WINDOW" a video exhibition organized by LA Freewaves and presented across the entire Los Angeles County Metro bus system, every weekday June 13 - 17, and 45 minutes of every hour over Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, 2011.

Alum VERONICA SOTO '05 participated in the group exhibition "TEL-ART-PHONE" curated by Mat Gleason at Beacon Arts Inglewood on May 14, 2011.

Alum WENDY GIVEN'S '02 work was part of "EQUINE" at Froelick Gallery in Portland, OR, from June 2 to July 7, 2011.

Alum ALEX KROLL '08 and Associate Professor RENEE PETROPOULOS participated in the group exhibition "TELEPHONE" at the Torrance Art Museum from May 28 - June 25, 2011.

Alums '11 JAIME AGUILAR GALLEGO, DANIELA CALANDRA, MELISE MESTAYER, TERRY NORTON-WRIGHT, CEDAR MILLER and TAYLOR TSCHIDER participated in a group exhibition at Venice6114 in Culver City, curated by Cima Rahmankhah June 4, 2011.

Graduate Senior Lecturer KATHRIN BURMESTER, Associate Professor RENEE PETROPOULOS and alums CHRIS OATEY '06, ANTHONY CARFELLO '09, and ROB FAUCETTE '05 are in "HOT TOWN" at 323 Projects (323) 843-4652 from June 3-July 4, 2011.

Alums CHRIS OATEY '06 and TUCKER NEEL '07 participated in a group exhibition "OPEN DOCUMENT" at D Block Gallery, Long Beach on June 11, 2011.

Alum WAKANA KIMURA '11 was in a group exhibition "US EST" at Pepin Moore Gallery curated by Fine Arts Faculty SOO KIM from June 11 - 16 July 2011.

Grad Fine Arts Administrative Assistant MATTHEW CARTER '10 designed a jacket worn on the red carpet by rapper, Lupe Fiasco at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

Grad SHALINI PATEL participated in a group exhibition "THIS LITTLE PIGGY" at the Bolsky Gallery from June 25 - September 1, 2011.

Grad SCOTT RABY collaborated on the performance "ANARCHIST OF THE YEAR AWARD" at the Anarchist Book Fair at Art Share LA June 25, 2011.