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.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • 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.

     

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The Ahmanson Foundation Veteran Student Scholarship Initiative (AVSI)

Otis was selected as one of 25 colleges and universities in Southern California recognized for excellence in serving student veterans. The Foundation’s goal is to help recruit, retain, and educate students who are pursuing higher education through the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

AVSI is designed to provide maximum flexibility so that participants can be responsive to student veterans’ individualized needs. In 2013, the inaugural year of the initiative, Otis received a $50,000 grant for scholarship support. The award complements the Ahmanson Foundation’s generous and longstanding contributions to Otis for annual scholarships and an endowed scholarship for graduate students.

A partner in the federal Yellow Ribbon Program, Otis provides a 100% match of financial assistance for tuition and fees provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Over the past several years, on average, seven veterans have registered for degree programs, among the highest rate of veteran enrollment in the College’s history.
Many of the student veterans self-identify as artists first. They take deep pride in their acceptance to the College because they were not asked to disclose their veteran status; admission decisions are based on artistic merit and academic performance. Yet, given their professional experience, they quickly emerge as campus leaders for their seriousness of purpose, creative approach to problem solving, and commitment to teamwork.

Just as they represent all branches of the military, from combat illustrators in the Marines to bridge crew members in the Army, their major areas of study reflect all academic departments, from Digital Media to Fashion Design. They are inspired by the examples set by fellow servicemen and women who are pursuing creative professions such as Nick Hayes (Toy Design ‘13), a lead game designer at Spin Master Ltd.

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