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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LIBS 440 capstone courses offer seniors the opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, critique and write about their experience in art and design in relation to general education, major fields, senior projects, vocational aspirations, and compelling questions in practice and community.  Thus, the capstone is a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their education: the expectations that they arrived with, the knowledge and skills gained and how these experiences have, can, and will shape their creativity. Through discussion and reflection, students identify articulate, research, write about, and discuss specific issues and concerns that they believe are the most critical in developing an understanding of and evaluating their college experience and its dynamic relation to themselves as artists and designers. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required to pass this course.

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Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the issues that you think are most important in relation to your studio work and/or yourself as an artist or designer through discussion, personal reflection, research, and reflective writing.
  • Critically reflect on your educational experience at Otis, and its relationship and value to your development as an artist/designer/creator over the past four years.
  • Critically position yourself and your studio work within the larger expanse of the art/design world, your particular field, or conversations in academia/culture.
  • Utilize an electronic portfolio where you will post your reflections and your own work.
  • Demonstrate senior-level critical thinking, researching, and writing skills through an assignment that involves individual choice of topic, independent research, analysis and synthesis of information, and the ability to sustain a convincing argument in a paper of substantial length.
  • Refine your time management skills through assignments that require independent organization of time and effort.  

 

 

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