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  • 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.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • 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.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Newsletter March and April 2009

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter March — April 2009

Compiled by Annetta Kapon
See also the current newsletter and the newsletter archive.

 

Alum ALEX DONIS '94 was a featured artist representing US/Guatemala in the 10th Havana Biennale in Cuba from 27 March - 30 April 2009, and concurrently participated in the exhibition/project "Gender (trans)gender and the (de)generates" at the Centro Cultural Bertolt Brecht Sunday March 29. On Thursday April 2 he was on on the panel: "Masculinities in conflict" moderated by Dr. Julio César González Pagés (Cuba) and also featuring artist Argelia Bravo (Venezuela).

Alum WENDY GIVEN '02 showed her photographs in a two person exhibition entitled "Short Stories" at the Fifth Floor Gallery in Los Angeles from March 21 to April 18, 2009.

Alums WHITNEY STOLICH '02, VERONICA SOTO '05, CHRIS OATEY '06, KRISTIN DUCHARME '03, JENNIFER LANSKI '06 and KATHRIN BURMESTER '08 will show their work in an 8 person show entitled "The Edges of the West" curated by graduate Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON at Artower Gallery in Athens, Greece from May 20 to June 24, 2009.

Grads CROSSMAN WILKINS and BRIAN MARRIER had their thesis exhibitions at the Bolsky Gallery from March 7 to March 30, 2009. A review and photo of Crossman Wilkin's work was posted on the Reuters.com webpage on April 1st, 2009:  blogs.reuters.com...

A solo exhibition by alum MATT MACFARLAND '03 will be at HAUS in Pasadena from March 26 thru April 18, 2009.

Alum CHRIS ROWLAND '00 showed his work in a group eaxhibition at Fine Arts & Graphics Gallery from March 7 - April 25, 2009.

Alums MICHELLE ANDRADE, LORENZO HURTADO SEGOVIA, ADAM MARS, TUCKER NEEL, and JOHN WESTON, all '07, also known as the Station collective opened an installation in Long Beach with Phantom Galleries in January, and for May/June they will be doing another installation-event, in downtown LA at Raw Materials called Station Must Go, on May 9, 2009

Alum CHRIS OATEY is showing his large installation "Fountain" at the Tall Wall Space, University of La Verne from February 17 – December 18, 2009.

Alum ED GOMEZ '03 had a solo show called Dissuading Passage at Open Gallery Los Angeles from March 28- April 25, 2009.

Graduate fine Arts Chair ROY DOWELL will show his work in “Pictures of Words”, curated by David Pagel at Galerie Schmidt Maczollen In Cologne, Germany in April and May 2009.

Graduate Professor and Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON will show her work in a one-person exhibition called "Laundry" at the Numismatic Museum of Athens in Greece from May 19 to June 21, 2009.

Graduate Fine Arts held their MFA OPEN STUDIOS on Sunday April 5, 2009, 2-5 pm.

The Hole-in-the-Wall Gallery in the Graduate Fine Arts Studios guest-curated by Alum Alex Kroll '08 featured the work of grad ANA RODRIGUEZ  for March and April 2009.

Alum ADAM MARS '07 will be showing his installation, Deep Fried Tabloids, at Trashpretty in Laguna Beach from April 2 - May 2, 2009.

Alum SUSAN HOROWITZ '01 curated the exhibition M U S I C  M A P  -  THE FIFTH AT HILL by LARRY ZEMPEL /cartifact.com  for Phantom Galleries LA at Title/Guarantee Art Space on Hill St @ 411 W. 5th St. The exhibition ran from March 23 to April 24, 2009.

Alum JACOB MELCHI '03 was in a one-day group show on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 3616 West Washington Blvd. The show was open by appointment for one week.

Grads BRIAN MARRIER, and ANTHONY CARFELLO, alum BREE YENALAVITCH '06 and visiting Otis/Sandberg exchange residency fellow RENEE VAN TRIER took part in INAUGURAL EXHIBITION curated by alum SOJUNG KWON '08 in room G3 of Angels Gate Cultural Center from April 11 to April 30, 2009.  The exhibition was reviewed in the District Weekly on April 15, 2009. thedistrictweekly.com

Grads KRISTEN FOSTER and AMANDA KELLER KONYA had their MFA exhibition in the Bolsky Gallery from April 17to  May 3, 2009.

Alum ERIC BENE took part in Inadvertent Rapture at Fluxco Gallery in Los Angeles from April 18 to May 9, 2009.

Alum MICHELLE CHONG '06 has set up the art space Short House in Berlin. It is a member of Kolonie Wedding. www.koloniewedding.de...

Alum ALEX KROLL '08 wil be part of the exhibition "Interactions" at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena from May 3 – June 14, 2009.

Alum SOJUNG KWON '08 took part in the exhibition "You make me laugh" at S1F Gallery, from May 2-May 30 2009 with her work "Flying White Cube."  WWW.S1FGALLERY.NET