Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Otis Alumni and Faculty Entrepreneurs

Support Otis alumni and faculty entrepreneurs! The list below provides information on retail stores and galleries owned by alumni, and websites where alumni and faculty designed products can be purchased.

 

Galleries/Boutiques

Robert Gunderman ('88)
ACME. L.A.

Jacob Rhodes
Field Projects, N.Y.

Jade Lai
Creatures of Comfort, L.A. and N.Y.

Robert Apodaca ('03)
Fifth Floor Gallery, L.A.

Eleana del Rio ('89)
Koplin del Rio, L.A.

Wanda Weller ('88)
Modern Folk Living, Ojai

Carla Decker ('93)
Plastica, L.A.

Eric Kermanikian ('00 MFA)
Western Project, L.A.

 

 

 

Jewelry/Accessories

Abigail Cosio ('07)
Bedford Falls Headwear

Nancy Newberg ('84)
Nancy Newberg Jewelry

Apollo Crowe ('07)
SnapLNX

Amanda Thomas ('10)
Luv AJ

Rachel Mastre ('04)
Kokoro Kara Jewelry

Jody Rollins ('05)
Yellow 108

Isis Jara ('10)
Senesence

Therese Kochakji ('07)
Finger-Bracelets

Sonia Boyajian ('01)
Sonia Boyajian

Lillian Shalom (’07)
Lillian Shalom

   
Fashion Design

Rebecca Virtue ('90)
BECCA by Rebecca Virtue (swimwear)

Deborah Sabet ('05)
District Homme (custom menswear)

Consuelo Asper ('01)
Wingswear

Rod Beattie ('86)
Bleu by Rod Beattie (swimwear)

Michelle Wenke & Megan George ('04)
Monrow

Cynthia Vincent ('88)
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent

Maya Reynolds ('07)
Clade (L.A. boutique)

Red Carter ('92)
Red Carter Swimwear

Paul Nguyen ('96)
Fore!! Axel & Hudson

Jessica Elrod (Allen) ('06)
Cavelle Kids

Meleina Mayhew ('00)
Sugar Pants

Heather Goldberg ('09)
Haber

Claire Pettibone ('89)
Claire Pettibone

Louiza Babouryan ('98)
Louiza Babouryan

Jenni Kayne ('01)
Jenni Kayne

Design Products

Blaine Fontana ('02)
Fontana Studios

Ashkahn Shahparnia ('06)
www.ashkahn.com/
(also available at MOCA, Hammer Museum)

Tim Biskup ('88)
store.timbiskup.com/

Bianca D'Amico ('05)
Chaparral Studio

Charles Carroll ('09)
Clean Aesthetic

Leslie Ross-Robertson (CE faculty)
Modern Optic (stationery and prints)

Kristen Erickson (’03)
www.kris10erickson.com

Leigh Kivowitz Spencer ('99)
Cliff Spencer Furniture Maker

Tula Pink ('02)
www.tulapink.com/

Camille Rose Garcia ('92)
Camille Rose Garcia Store

Jeremy Madl ('00)
Mad Toy Design

Nate Mitchell ('04)
Squid Kids Ink

Jessica Chrysler (’08)
Jessica Chrysler
(Design objects and illustrated books)

Lishu and Leonardo Rodriguez (’01)
El Dot Designs

Tanya Aguiñiga (Product Design faculty member)
www.aguinigadesign.com
(also available at many museum stores)

David Billings (’88)
Dogleg Right

Haley Robinson ('08)
www.haleyannrobinson.com/

Jenn Romero ('08)
Unurth

Lorna Turner (CE faculty)
cards available at YOLK

Erin Adams ('87)
Brainworks Home

Melanie Abrantes ('12)
Melanie Abrantes Designs

Ingred Sidie (’89)
God Hates Goods
(A portion of all proceeds from God Hates Goods goes to human rights.)

Dick Termes
Termespheres

 

 

 

Books

Ben Maltz Gallery Publications

Rebecca Chamlee ('85) Faculty member, Communication Arts
Pie in the Sky Press (handbound letterpress books)

Barbara Maloutas ('02 MFA) Associate Chair, Communication Arts (poetry)
In a Combination of Practices

Sandow Birk ('89)
Dante's Divine Comedy

Annie Buckley (’03 MFA)
The Kids Yoga Deck

Sarah Perry ('83)
If… (childrens)

Ian Falconer ('83)
Olivia series (childrens)

Aaron Clark ('08)
The Science of Paul: A Novel of Crime
And other Crime Fiction

Seismicity Editions
(Otis Graduate Writing Publications)

Michele Houston (’96)
The Wonderful Healing Leaves

Hideko Takahashi ('94)
Children's Books

Cole Moss ('11)
Unicorn Being a Jerk/Why Unicorn Drinks

Sam Watters ('02 MFA)
Books on historical homes and gardens

Gerald Lange (CE faculty)
The Bieler Press (Chapbooks, woodcuts, artists books)

Robert Cabeen (’73)
Fearworms: Selected Poems

 

 

 

Edibles

Laura Magardechian ('12)
Chubby Cheek Cakes (custom cakes)

Paul Wackym ('85)
Wackym's Kitchen (cookies/treats)