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  • 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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A/L/I Alumni News

Lori Choi ('13) will begin Master of Architecture studies, with advanced-standing, at University of California, Los Angeles in fall 2014.

Barbara Indelicato ('11) is a Lighting Designer at Avalon Hollywood. She previously was a Lighting Designer/Technician at  Whisky a Go Go, Hollywood. After receiving her B.F.A., Barbara returned to Otis to complete several additional courses and earn a Certificate in Lighting Design. While at Whisky a Go Go, Barbara worked with cinematographer Roy Wagner on the lighting for a live performance by Martha Davis, of The Motels, which will become part of a documentary.

Mina Oh ('10) is Designer/Writer/Director/Producer/Actor, KWOW, YouTube.

Joem Sanez ('10) completed his one-year internship at Herzog & deMeuron in Basel, Switzerland, and will return to Master of Architecture studies at Columbia University in fall 2014.

Jesus Aguilar ('08) will begin Master of Architecture studies, with advanced-standing, at the University of Illinois at Chicago in fall 2014. After graduating from Otis, Jesus worked for The LADG for several years, after which he started his own design firm, Made by Jesus. Since 2011, Jesus served as a Teaching Associate in the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors department and currently is teaching the Architecture/Landscape/Interiors studio in Otis’ 2014 Summer of Arts program before moving to Chicago for graduate studies.

Gary Garcia ('08) and Natalia Polunina ('07) both earned Master of Landscape Architecture degrees in spring 2011: Gary from the University of Southern California and Natalia from Harvard.

Karina Silva ('08) has been designing corporate interiors since junior year, at WOLCOTT ARCHITECTURE I INTERIORS, Culver City, CA.

Matthew Gilio-Tenan ('07) is a Designer/Project Manager at Cliff Garten Studio, Venice, CA. Matthew worked for Clive Wilkinson Architects prior to earning his MArch at UCLA. He serves as a Teaching Associate in A/L/I,and is a Project Leader of the Future Bright Collective, a group of designers that produce interactive installations for the public. Most recently, Future Bright Collective created the Desert Expedition Module for the Burning Man 2013 festival. See installation and deployment of D.E.M. at Burning Man 2013 HERE.

Jennifer Doran ('07) has been a Lighting Designer since graduation, and has been practicing with LIGHTINGDESIGNALLIANCE since 2008.

Boo Jang ('07) has been working for Bennitt & Mitchell, an international landscape architecture firm, since 2005, when she was a junior.

Izzy Lamas ('07) has been working on store and showroom design since graduation, first with SPaCe Architects CA and currently with RipBang Studios, Venice, CA.

​​Jaime Roveri ('07) is a Project Designer at Rottet Studio Los Angeles,

Justin Buendia ('06) is a Designer at Shawn Hausman Design, Los Angeles. For the past two years Justin has been traveling between L.A. and N.Y., working on the Standard Hotel East Village.

See images of Barbara’s, Matthew’s and Justin’s work on the A/L/I RADAR (BLOG), March 22, 2014. HERE.

​Patrick Ngo ('05) received his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been working with Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York since 2008.

David Orkand ('04) started his own firm, d.o.a., in Berkeley, CA, and is teaching at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts, after having traveled and worked in Japan and Spain since receiving his MArch from Princeton. MORE

Robert Apodaca ('03) is Designer/Owner, Fifth Floor Gallery, L.A.

Dolly Davis ('03) received her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011, after only two years of study through one of our +2 Master of Architecture Agreements, and is working with Fluidity Design Consultants, Inc. Los Angeles, on water design projects around the world.

Felicia Martin ('02) received a Master of Architecture degree from Yale in 2009, worked for Franciso Mangado Estudio in Pamplona, Spain from 2009 to 2012 and returned to Los Angeles to work with CO Architects.

 

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