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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Steve McAdam

Steve McAdam
Founding Academic Chair
Teaches In
Education: 

MFA, Film/Design, California Institute of the Arts

BFA, Film/Animation, California Institute of the Arts

Bio/Affiliation: 

Steve McAdam is an educator and award-winning designer in product design, packaging, graphic design, animation and film.  His career began as a child actor, working on a variety of television shows that included; Riverboat, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Leave It to Beaver, Whispering Smith, Wagon Train, Cimarron City and others.

As an undergraduate in film at Cal-Arts he worked as an assistant animator for television and motion pictures on Hanna Barbara, Jay Ward, Mirakami-Wolf and Pantomime Pictures cartoons, and on the feature film Yellow Submarine.  He also interned as a camera assistant on the Rolling Stones documentary Gimme Shelter and as a post-production assistant on the academy award winning documentary Woodstock.  In graduate school he worked as a documentary filmmaker for public television, directing and editing the biographical documentary series on famous scientific figures entitled “The Living Legends”, which aired on KCET and the BBC.

He was the former Director of Product Design at Mattel Toys in Infant/Preschool, Games, and the Activities/Entertainment groups and working on brands that included Barbie, He-Man, See N’ Say, Disney, Nickelodeon, Wham-O.   As a graphic design, illustrator, he worked as a freelance political cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times and illustrated numerous educational books, children’s books, and a line greeting cards.  In advertising and packaging design he started the packaging department for Prism Entertainment in Century City.  As Vice President of Creative Services for the Leo Paper Group and Leo Luxe Packaging a global printer and product manufacturer he has worked in the publishing, gift and stationery and packaging industries and conducted creative workshops with clients that include; Hallmark, Disney Publishing, Penguin-Putnam, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, Studio 100, Coppenrath, Harper Collins, Reader’s Digest, Rand McNally, Zondervan, Nordstrom, Starbucks, to name a few.
He has taught Toy Design and Cartoon Illustration and Storyboarding at UCLA and is the Founding Academic Chair of Product Design at Otis College of Art and Design.

AWARDS/HONORS: 

Awarded the Cine Golden Eagle Awards for best educational documentary, 1974, 1975

Toy of the Year Award, Mattel, 1987

China Print Award, 2009

PUBLICATIONS:  

Visioneering and the Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging News, 2014

The Art of Distinctive Packaging, Packaging Digest, 2014

Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist