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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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Academic Excellence: Wendy Silva

INFORMATION/TIPS TO SHARE WITH FUTURE STUDENTS?
Do it all! There is so much to learn and explore. Take advantage of every course you take. I regret not taking more classes
but I ended up taking 18 units almost every semester. It is ok to be different, because that is what sets you apart as an artist.

 

Hometown?
Los Angeles

 

Why Otis?
It always seemed to be the school I was headed towards. I was accepted into the Ryman Arts Program in high school. My art teacher encouraged me to go to art school, and said that Otis was one of the top local schools. I also won a Gold and Silver Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and the Award Ceremony was held at Otis. After high school, I helped my parents out with rent by working and going to school part-time at Santa Monica College, where I took my first painting course with (Otis faculty member) Nathan Ota, who is an amazing teacher and mentor. I also had the privilege of meeting Bob Dob, and found out that he studied
with Nathan at Otis.
 

Your thesis project?
We completed both a thesis project and a paper. Writing my thesis paper helped me understand my work better. I examined culture, tradition, and the idea of becoming a figure for future generations to look up to, as my grandmother was for me.
 

Interesting things that you did outside of school?
I worked on side projects, creating small handmade objects.
 

Most influential class?
Christine Fredrichs’ “Extended Painting Techniques” sparked my infatuation with different mediums and techniques.
 

Most influential faculty member?
Chris Wilder was a great mentor who made me question my ideas and use different perspectives, and try new things.
 

Favorite place in L.A.?
Culver City born and raised, but currently living in Torrance.
 

Impact on your work/life?
At times it was overwhelming. The workload was fair, but I tend to be very detail-oriented and meticulous. It was inspiring to share a studio space with two other artists. I was usually the first to arrive and the last to leave.
 

What’s next?
Getting a studio space, where I have the freedom to experiment. I’m currently an artist assistant and I’m really enjoying the creative atmosphere.
 

Something unusual/idiosyncratic?
I can work on paintings for hours, and feel like I spent ten minutes. And I will never walk away from a work that I feel is unfinished.