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  • A temporary gallery store featuring alumni artists and designers, curated by Robert Apodaca, Owner, Fifth Floor Gallery.

     

    Reception for Alumni and Friends of Otis
    July 25, 3-5pm
    RSVP Required

  • Trials and Troubles

    Jul 25| Special Event
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    Rachel Kushner, Benjamin Weissman, Tom Brosseau; Marcel Dzama, Welcome to the Land of the Bat, 2008 (detail)

    Saturday July 25, 7pm, Free
    Trials and Troubles: A Night of Songs and Stories with Tom Brosseau, Rachel Kushner, and Benjamin Weissman

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Susan Beningfield

Susan Beningfield
Lecturer
Education: 

March II, Architecture, Princeton University, New York
BArch, Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Bio/Affiliation: 

Susan Beningfield is an architect and designer of fine jewelry.  Her South African upbringing imbued in her a love of nature and a clear preference for creating bold and elegant design work. 

“The process of designing fills my soul in the deepest way.”  Susan Beningfield

Her enterprising spirit has taken her from study and practice in Johannesburg and Paris working for Daly Genik Architects, Paragon Architects, and AREP, to post-professional architectural training at Princeton University in 2001, and finally to Los Angeles in 2003, where she designed directly for the world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. 

It was during this time that her exposure to new technologies in manufacturing combined with 3D computer modeling expanded reignited her affinity for working with precious metals that began in the 90’s. She saw an opportunity to innovate in the field of jewelry design – exploring the sculptural freedom offered by pioneering techniques to create pieces of extraordinary beauty and originality. 

She launched her company in 2009 producing custom made jewelry that is unmistakably sculptural, reflecting her years of practice as a design architect and her fascination with natural lines and sensual forms and her view of space as a material which shapes the object. Susan teaches 3D Digital Design in the Product Design Department at Otis College of Art and Design.

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