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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 November and December 2007

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November — December 2007

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



Grad MICHI COLACICCO '05 showed her work in Small Rays of Hope and Fragments of a Larger Idea from December 6 to December 20, 2007 at Rhonda Schaller Studio in New York.http://www.rhondaschallerchelsea.com

Grad ALEX KROLL's paintings were included in All-In, an art exhibition juried by Lorraine Molina at the Torrance Art Museum from November 17 through December 15, 2007. torranceartmuseum@torrnet.com

Alum ZEAL HARRIS '07 was a participating artist in a large group exhibit called, "The Pyramid Show", at Monte Vista Project Space, Highland Park, CA from mid September to Mid October 2007. Harris was interviewed by radio personality Joanne Griffith on a morning segment on WBAI 99.5 FM NY on September 6.

Alums GISELLE LUBSEN '06 and ZEAL HARRIS '07 were featured artists in an Arts Showcase at Runway Boutique in Miracle  Mile from September 18 through mid-October 2007.

Social Arrangements, graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS'S exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery last August was reviewed by Chris Krauss in Artforum in November 2007.

Alum ALISON SAAR '81 had a solo Exhibition at Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, and completed a Public Art commission, "Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial," Harlem. www.nycgovparks.org

Alum PETER ZOKOSKY '81 showed in "The Toy Show," at Hunsaker / Schlesinger Fine Art, from November 3 - December 22.

Grad EDITH BEAUCAGE co-curated "Green-er," an art exhibition about solutions to climate changes at 1511 Abbot Kinney Blvd from November 17 to December 8, 2007.

Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK '07 had a one-person exhibition "Twelve by One" at Gallery One in Toronto, Canada, from December 1 to December 22, 2007.

Alum TONE O. NIELSEN '98 gave a lecture titled Curating Across the North-South Divide, a talk about boundaries of nation, 'race,' class, gender & sexuality. Saturday, November 10 at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

Alum JEFFREY VALLANCE '81 had a one-person show "Belief System" at Margo Leavin Gallery through December 19, 2007

Graduate Fine Arts chair ROY DOWELL had a group show titled Works on Paper December 15 - January 26 at Lennon Weinberg Gallery in New York.

Alum PATRICK HILL '00 has been selected for the 2008 Whitney Museum Biennial which will take place in NY from March 6 to June 1, 2008. The 2008 Whitney Biennial is curated by Henriette Huldisch and Shamim M. Momin.

Grad MICHELLE WIENER and alum JACOB MELCHI '03 participated in ANOTHER YEAR IN LA Past, Present and Future on December 8, 2007.

Alum MICHAEL BRUNSWICK '07 was one of 45 young artists featured in an article by Christopher Knight in the LA Times on December 2, 2007.

Alum JANET JENKINS '94 has a solo exhibition at Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, January 5 - February 9, 2008.

Alum SOJUNG KWON was in a group exhibition of five emerging artists called Shelf Life at PawnShop Gallery in Westwood from Dec 21 to Dec 30, 2007. The exhibition is curated by Courtney Shermer.

CONFABULATIONS is a solo exhibition of drawings by alum TUCKER NEEL '07 at Commissary Arts Gallery in Venice, CA from January 19 to March 1, 2008. Artist Reception is Saturday, January 19, 2008, 5-8pm.

Alum MOLLY COREY '01 has a solo installation called LIVE LIKE HIM! at the UC Irvine's Room Gallery from Jan. 10 to Feb. 9, 2008. Opening Reception is Thursday, January 10, 6-9 pm.