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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 May and June 2011

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter May  June 2011

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


Grad MELISSE MESTAYER exhibited her MFA Thesis Show "Rem(a)inders" at the Bolsky Gallery from April 30 - May 7, 2011.
Alum CROSSMAN WILKINS '09 participated in the Armory Fellows Exhibition "HABITS OF MIND" curated by Lorraine Cleary from May 20 - June 12, 2011.
The Graduate Fine Arts Class of 2011, MFA group exhibition "NOTHING IN COMMON" was at the Bolsky Gallery from May 13 - June 11, 2011.
Alum MARY YOUNAKOF '06 showed the new installment of her continuing dress project, "343 DRESSES: THE CHROMATIC CONVERGENCE PROJECT" at the Pacific Design Center in space B233 from May 26 through the Summer 2011.
Alums HELEN CAHNG '05, MICHELLE CHONG '06, KENNETH COWAN '06, ROB FAUCETTE '05, DREW DUNLAP '06, LUIS G. HERNANDEZ '03, TUCKER NEEL '07, CHRIS OATEY '06, TAYLOR TSCHIDER '11, and Grads BRIDGET KANE and MATT LIFSON took part in "SHANGRILA NEW MOON" an art event at Joshua Tree National Park on June 4, 2011.
Grad Fine Arts Faculty and Photography Program Director, SOO KIM has been awarded a 2011 COLA Individual Artist Fellowships Grant.
Alum MATT WARREN '09 completed a two-month residency in Beijing, China, from May - June 2011.
Alum JESSE BENSON '03 co-organized and participated in the exhibition "VINCENT RAMOS and DIEGO J. GARZA" at Las Cienegas Projects from May 14 - June 11, 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.