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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 October 2012

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter October 2012

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

Alum ANNIE BUCKLEY ‘03 participated in CRITOLOGY, a group exhibition by artists who write, curated by Ron Laboray at the Pacific Design Center October 13 – November 15, 2012

Elephant Art Space is pleased to present Magic Johnson Smile, a solo exhibition of new works by alum JESSE BENSON ‘03. October 5th-26th, 2012.

Alum TUCKER NEEL’S ‘07 323 Projects has been named "Best Telephone-Only Art Gallery" by the LA Weekly in its Best Of 2012 Issue.

ZEAL HARRIS ’07 is exhibited her work on Saturday, October 13th from 7 - 10pm in a group art reception in the Highland Park Neighborhood of Los Angeles at Avenue 50 Art Gallery.

Grad Faculty JUDIE BAMBER and alum LUIS G. HERNANDEZ ‘03 exhibited work in Facing the Sublime in Water, CA at Armory Center for the Arts, Caldwell Gallery, October 7, 2012- January 13, 2013.

Alum, ZEAL HARRIS ’07 is showing her paintings in the 31st Annual Black Doll Show: The Politics of Imagery. It's curated by Miriam Fergerson and it opens this Saturday, December 10th through January 28, 2013 at the William Grant Still Arts Center in Los Angeles.

Grad Faculty JOHN KNIGHT’S work is one of the new acquisitions on display at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum’s which just opened after being closed for 8 years.

Alum ALEX KROLL ‘08 showed new works in a three person exhibition Drown Me In Pictures at Latned Atsar in Culver City from October 20 to November 16th Curated by: Nathan Danilowicz.

Alum MELISE MESTAYER ‘10 Showed her work in Reef Cycle at Angels Gate Cultural Center from October 28-January 4, 2013.

Alum JESSE BENSON ‘03( Magic Johnson Smile) and TOM NORRIS (Vinyl Potluck) showed their projects at Elephant Gallery from October 5th-26th, 2012.

Alum WHITNEY STOLICH ‘04 had a one-person exhibition Traces of Spaces at CB1 Gallery from October 13 to November 11, 2012.

Grad Fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL and alum EDITH BEAUCAGE ‘10 showed their work in Split|Realities at Nan Rae Gallery at Woodbury University Oct. 13 – Nov. 17, 2012. Curated by Foundation Chair Katie Phillips.

Alum MIKE ROGERS ‘96 has a solo exhibition HERR UND FRAU at Parker’s Box in Brooklyn September 14th - October 21st, 2012.

Grad Faculty KORI NEWKIRK’S work was included in Blues for Smoke at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from October 21 to January 7, 2013.

ROY DOWELL, Chair and RENEE PETROPOULOS Full Time Faculty, currently have work in Translations at the Los Angeles Valley College Art Gallery through December 13, 2012.

Grad Faculty JOHN KNIGHT showed his work in the Cabinet Gallery at the Frieze London Art Fair October 11-14. 2012.

Grad Faculty and Asst. Chair ANNETTA KAPON is part of the exhibition Housework, Gender and Subjectivity: Cultures of Domesticity curated by Molly Hankwitz at the Reynolds Gallery, University of the Pacific, Stockton, California from Oct 29 through Nov 17 2012. Curators and artists panel at the Art History Lecture Hall on October 29, 2012.

Alum ZEAL HARRIS ‘07 is showing her work in Go Tell It On The Mountain at the California African American Museum from October 28 to April 7, 2013.

Alum WENDY GIVEN ‘02 published an edition of Orb of Gold, 2012, from her series, In the Land of Pioneer to benefit: The Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) in Portland, Oregon.

ROY DOWELL, Chair, and Faculty RENEE PETROPOULOS and KORI NEWKIRK participated in Light my way, Stranger, an exhibition and auction of lamps designed by artists, architects and designers to benefit the MAK Center, Los Angeles, November 2, 2012

DUSTIN ERICKSEN ‘99 had a solo exhibition at Rachmaninoff's Smith/Arnatt in London, Britain, from 14 October 2012 to 24 November 2012