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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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Franklyn Liegel Award

The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence

Franklyn Liegel, exhibiting fine artist, Continuing Education faculty member and MFA alumnus, passed away in 2012. This award was named in recognition of Franklyn Liegel’s dedication to Otis, commitment to education, and his own extraordinary ability to inspire others.

Franklyn received his MFA in Fine Arts from Otis  in 1977 (at the time known as The Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles County). He was a long-term Continuing Education instructor with a loyal following, beginning in 1979 with courses as Introduction to Painting: Materials and Techniques and Painting Workshop. He also led the College’s Young Artist Studios. Franklyn’s dedication to his students, as well as his ability to inspire others, made him one of the College’s most beloved instructors. He was an accomplished fine artist whose work was exhibited at the Koplin Gallery, Greunbaun Gallery (NYC), Taka Ishii Gallery (Tokyo), Otis, Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads School, Laguna Art Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum, Meadows Art Museum (Shreveport, LA), American Embassy (Morocco), Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art (Kyushu, Japan), and Art Forum Berlin. He was also the recipient of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Artist in Residence fellowship in Taos, New Mexico, and the Julia and David White Fellowship, Costa Rica.

The teaching faculty is the College’s greatest resource. Accordingly, one outstanding educator from Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs is recognized each year for her/his  commitment to Otis; clear, effective teaching; and ability to motivate and inspire the success of students. While there is no one way to be an outstanding teacher, the award is defined by a set of criteria meant to govern its nominations and selection. The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence is presented to a longstanding instructor who has demonstrated a sustained ability to:
•    Incite curiosity in, motivate, and enhance the success of students
•    Inspire and earn the admiration of departmental colleagues
•    Create a lasting and gratifying impression of an extraordinary educator
•    Challenge students and increase their capacity for independent thought

All Continuing Education and Pre-College Program faculty members who have taught one or more courses over a minimum of three consecutive academic years. Past recipients of an Otis teaching award (within five years) are not eligible.

Nominations for the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence 2016 open April 8 and may be entered, via the link below, through April 22 at 9:00pm.

Make a Nomination!

Continuing Education students, faculty, and departmental staff may login once to nominate one candidate for the Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence. Award criteria are considered in the nomination process, and the reason for each nomination is stated.

A committee of administrators, along with the prior year’s award recipient, is convened by the Dean of Continuing Education and Pre-College Programs. The Selections Committee considers four primary factors:
•    Award criteria
•    Student evaluations of teaching
•    Number of and reasons for nominations received
•    Confluence of nominating constituencies (i.e. students, faculty, etc.)
Such selections are complex, and every effort is made to consider all factors that may assist in achieving equitable results.

The Franklyn Liegel Award for Teaching Excellence recipient receives $1,250, attends an award luncheon with departmental staff, and is featured in the Continuing Education catalog and OMAG. Award recipients may be called upon to contribute their expertise in College forums focused on matters of teaching and related best practices.

 

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