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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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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.

Contact Laura Daroca (ldaroca@otis.edu), Director of Alumni Relations, if you have a business that you would like added.

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

 

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)