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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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Lawrence Gipe

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Lawrence Gipe ('86, MFA Fine Arts) paintings and drawings co-opt propaganda as expressed in advertisements, posters, "fine art" photographs, and tourist ephemera. These range from mid-1930s Nazi, WPA, and Stalinist "Five-Year Plan" imagery to recent-day military recruiting and corporate web-based "motivational" materials.

He began his career in Los Angeles with a series of exhibitions addressing the themes of industrialization, progress and ideological photography. He has had 35 solo exhibitions in U.S. galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and, internationally in Munich, Berlin, and the Künstverein Düsseldorf.

A mid-career survey, "3 Five-Year Plans: Lawrence Gipe 1990-2005", organized by Marilyn Zeitlin at the University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona, traveled in the U.S. In 2001, Gipe completed a mural commission for the lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, in a building designed by Robert A.M. Stern. Currently, he teaches art studio and the History of 20th Century Art at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been awarded numerous grants, including two NEA Fellowships in 1989 and 1995.

Gipe’s work is collected by individuals and institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, Florida; and the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York .