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Thank you to the Arts Council and City of New Haven for the Creative Sector Support Fund!

April 9th, 2020

Recognizing that so many local artists are out of work because of the coronavirus, the Arts Council of Greater New Haven in partnership with the City of New Haven’s Department of Cultural Affairs immediately stepped up to help out. For that, I, and many of my fellow artists are extremely grateful!

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Join me for City Wide Open Studios at mActivity gallery October 12 and 13

September 20th, 2019

Join me at mActivity for a month-long exhibit of my recent work. I’ll be at the mActivity gallery for City Wide Open Studios Private Studios & Westville Weekend October 12 and 13, from noon to 6:00 pm both days. SHOP CO-OP & SAVE: Memories of a Field Man will be up from September 28 through November 10 and features photographs from my two most recent western trips to the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

mActivity is located at 285 Nicoll St., New Haven (next door to East Rock Brewing in the same building). Their hours are Mon-Fri: 5am-10pm | Sat-Sun: 7am-7pm

Join me for City Wide Open Studios at Erector Square Oct. 6 and 7!

September 28th, 2018

Please join me for City Wide Open Studios at Erector Square, Saturday Oct. 6 and Sunday Oct. 7. I’ll be showing brand new work from my my recent western trip (it’s color and quite different from work I’ve exhibited before). I’ll also be signing copies of my book “IOWA: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape.” From noon to 6:00 pm on both days I’ll be in Building 7, 2nd floor, Studio 1.

Major Beinecke Library exhibit on view now

September 13th, 2018

Opening Celebration for

Eye on the West: Photography and the Contemporary West

Beinecke Library, Yale University

I’m excited to be a part of this major exhibition. I hope you can join me for the opening reception featuring a keynote address by Eric Paddock, Curator of Photographs for the Denver Art Museum, on Friday September 21 at 4:30, followed by a reception at 5:30 on the mezzanine

On Saturday, September 22, the public is invited to three panel discussions with the photographers at 9:30 – 10:45 am, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm, and 2:00 – 3:15 pm. I will be on the 11:15 panel discussing “Capturing traces of a disappearing past”

The show is currently on view and runs through December 16, 2018

Additional information about the exhibit here

Connecticut Launch of my new book in New Haven

November 10th, 2017

IOWA: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape

I’ve returned from my book tour in Iowa. Please join me in celebrating the Connecticut launch of my new book!

Iowa Book Tour – Upcoming Events

October 5th, 2017

I’m heading to Iowa shortly to do book talks about IOWA: Echoes of a Vanishing Landscape, my new book. Here are my scheduled events to date. I’ll update the list as more locations are added. I hope you can join me at one!

Prairie Lights bookstore, Iowa City – Monday 10/16, 7:00pm

Vino209, West Des Moines – Tuesday 10/17, 6:00pm
-Cosponsored by the Olson-Larsen Galleries
Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque – Wednesday 10/18, 5:30-7:00pm
-Sponsored by River Lights Bookstore
Davenport Public Library, Eastern Avenue Branch – Saturday 10/21, 1:30pm
Blanden Art Museum, Fort Dodge – Wednesday 10/25, 6:00pm
The Stew/Grinnell Area Arts Council, Grinnell – Thursday 10/26, 7:00
-Sponsored by the Center for Prairie Studies, Grinnell College

Radio interview with Daniel Fitzmaurice on Artbeat

February 20th, 2017

Daniel Fitzmaurice interviewed David Ottenstein and Robert Lisak about their current exhibit “Capitol America” at the New Haven Museum. The program, Artbeat, aired February 15th, on WNHH Community Radio. You can listen to the interview here



Capitol America Opening Reception

February 19th, 2017

The well-attended opening reception for Capitol America at the New Haven Museum was a lot of fun. The exhibit will remain open through June 30, 2017.

The photos below are ©Defining Studios

Second floor of the Museum rotunda

David Ottenstein, left, with Robert Lisak



Capitol America at the New Haven Museum

January 27th, 2017

Capitol America, my photographic project with colleague and friend, Robert Lisak, is the newest exhibit at the New Haven Museum. Featuring 18 of our black and white photographs along with a digital presentation of another 160 or so images, the show is hanging in the museum’s beautiful 2-story rotunda and on view through June 2017. New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven, 203-562-4183

Richmond, Virginia


Review of current National Parks exhibit

December 16th, 2016

The New Haven Independent’s Arts editor, Brian Slattery, has written a thoughtful and informative review of The National Parks Seen: Two Views, my current show with Robert Lisak at the EleMar Gallery in New Haven. Read the review here.

“The National Parks Seen: Two Views” is on exhibit at the gallery at EleMar New England, 2 Gibbs St., through Jan. 14. EleMar is open Mon. through Thurs., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free.

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier NP, 2013

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier NP, 2013