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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 2008

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter November — December 2008

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


Alum MATT MACFARLAND'S '03 "The Lost Artworks (insufficient edition)" was in a one-person online exhibition at Light & Wire Gallery from November 1 - November 30, 2008. lightandwiregallery.com

Graduate faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS and alum TUCKER NEEL '07 participated in Conventions and Attitudes, curated by Karen Atkinson, that was part of Exchange Rate 2008, an international performance exchange taking place on the evening of Nov. 4 (Election Day) at Remy's on Temple. The show traveled to New York with the HABEAS LOUNGE project that was be featured in the CUNY Graduate Center Art Gallery in the days preceding and following the election. 

Alums MICHELLE WIENER '08 and MELISSA HERRINGTON '08 were both selected as a team by the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam to represent Otis in the second Otis-Sandberg residency exchange fellowship in March and April 2009.

Alums ROB FAUCETTE '05 and ULYSSES JENKINS '79 were in a group exhibition during the Inglewood Open Studios on November 8th 2008.

Alum BREE YENALAVITCH '06 participated in the video festival Time is Love curated by Kisito Assangni at Galerie Ocrobre in Paris on November 8, 2008.

Alum CHRIS OATEY'S '06 work was featured in "Transporting a Visual Texture" in NY Arts Magazine in November/December 2008. OATEY also received an Artist's Resource for Completion grant from the Durfee Foundation in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

Alums TERRA KURODA 06, HELEN CAHNG '05, MICHELE CHONG '06, TOM NORRIS '02 and COURTNEY STRICKLIN '06 each had Solo Shows at Sea and Space Explorations from November 29th - December 7th, 2008.

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND '00 showed his work in First Friday, at Paulina Miller Gallery in Phoenix AZ, from November 7 to December 28, 2008.

Delusionarium 4 is an exhibition of 24 artists spread throughout three Los Angeles galleries. It is the 4th installation of a series of nomadic group exhibitions organized by alum JESSE BENSON '03. Alums MOLLY COREY '01 and STEPHEN BANKHEAD '01, participated in Zero Coupon at Circus Gallery from December 13 to January 17, 2009.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '07 did performance in "One Day Arty Show" on Saturday, December 13th, 2008 at Gallery Summer Fish in Seoul, Korea.

Alums TUCKER NEEL '07 and MICHELLE WIENER '08 showed their "If I do what you tell me will you love me?" a collaboration, at Samuel Freeman Gallery from Dec.16, 2008 - Jan. 31, 2009

Alum WENDY GIVEN'S '02 Into the Wild will be published in the NY Arts January - February 2009 print edition.