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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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Mitra Rajabi: 2011-12 Faculty Development Grant Report


Excerpt:

In fall 2011, I was the privileged recipient of an Otis Faculty Development Grant in support of attending The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Annual Fashion Show, in Antwerp. The Grant was given in an effort to study the school’s educational system and the current student work showcased in their annual Fashion Show, on June 7th, 2012. The Royal Academy will be celebrating its 50th birthday in 2013.

During my journey, it became clear that these young Belgian designers were directly inspired by their environment. Their creative concepts are resolute reflections of the vast cultural and artistic resources that surround them. Inspiration can be found in their architecture, in the beauty of their natural world, their eclectic culture, the array of eminent avant-garde designers, the plethora of world-class museums and artwork that can be found around every corner. The MOMU, or Mode Museum, which houses the Fashion Department of The Royal Academy, provides the students daily exposure to some of the most exquisite authentic and historical costumes from all around the world. As a result, students are blessed with a perpetual abundance of material that nurtures their creativity.

I look forward to sharing my experience in the form of a PowerPoint presentation with Otis fashion design students as well as fellow faculty members in the fashion department. Students will benefit greatly from examining The Royal Academy’s creative process. They will have an opportunity to bear comparison between two schooling systems, which will provide them greater insight into this creative field.

--Mitra Rajabi
Fashion Design

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