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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Kerry James Marshall

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Marshall ('78), born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955, lives and works in Chicago. He received an honorary degree from Otis in 1999. In 1997 he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant. He was one of the artists featured in the PBS series on contemporary American art "Art in the 21st Century." In 2013, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

African-American popular culture informs his paintings, installations, and public projects. As he stated "You can't be born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1955 and grow up in South Central [Los Angeles] near the Black Panthers headquarters, and not feel like you've got some kind of social responsibility. You can't move to Watts in 1963 and not speak about it. That determined a lot of where my work was going to go." Marshall's work is based on a broad range of art historical references, from Renaissance painting to black folk art, from Canaletto to Charles White, one of his Otis teachers.

His work has been exhibited in and collected by major U.S. museums for over twenty years and featured in international exhibitions such as documenta X, Kassel, and the traveling exhibition Postcards from Black America: Contemporary African American Art (1998). In 1998, his work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago that traveled to the Brooklyn Museum, N.Y., San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. The Vancouver Art Gallery, British Columbia, held a major retrospective in 2011, and in 2009, he painted a large-scale mural in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco. In 2013, the National Gallery of Art in D.C. held a solo show of his work (10 paintings and 20 works on paper), In the Tower. Kerry James Marshall: Painting and Other Stuff  opened at the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Belgium, and travels through October 2014 to Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Denmark; Antoni Tapies Foundation, Barcelona; and  Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.