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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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Past Artists and Designers

 
Laura Owens and Edgar Bryan, 2012 Fine Arts Distinguished Visiting Artists in Painting

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Bryan

Edgar Bryan, born in Alabama, received a BFA from the School of the Art Inst of Chicago and MFA from UCLA. He has shown his work internationally and in L.A. at Regen Projects. He was an illustrator in the United States Air Force for five years, and his work is influenced by classical portraiture and still-life. In his paintings, he reinterprets these genres with a casual approach, using reoccurring motifs of vinyl records, bicycles, and other details of everyday life.

Laura Owens
Laura Owens

Like Bryan, Owens had a rigorous training in drawing, including copying master works. Her large-scale layered paintings combine thin washes with thick impasto. A recent solo show was at Bonn’s Kunstmsueum, and she has exhibited widely internationally. She shows her work at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, N.Y.

Sohrab Mohebbi, 2012 Distinguished Visiting Curator in Fine Arts

Sohrab Mohebbi

Mohebbi is a writer and curator currently based in L.A. He has curated projects for the Queens Museum of Art; Cabinet, N.Y.;  Center for Curatorial Studies, N.Y.; and Bidoun Projects. He received the 2011 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. His writings have been published in Bidoun Magazine, where he is a contributing editor, as well as e-flux journal, Modern Painters, Universe-in-Universe, and La Vanguarida. Mohebbi was the 2010 curatorial fellow at Queens Museum of Art, and received an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College, and a BFA in photography from Tehran University.

Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston, 2011 Donghia Designers in Residence

Nader Tehrani of Office dA and Sharon Johnston of JohnstonMarklee led a week-long master class in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and presented a public lecture. The Angelo Donghia Foundation supports this program annually. Past designers include Eva Maddox, LTL Architects, Xavier Vendrell, and Shashi Caan.

Nader Tehrani and Sharon Johnston

Helios House, a joint project by Office dA and JohnstonMarklee, is a sustainable gas station in L.A,, with roof solar panels and recycled glass mixed into its concrete floor. Within the site, water, heat, energy, lighting, and material systems are all built to maximize sustainability and energy efficiency.

Ruby Neri and Adam Silverman, 2010-11 Boardman Artists in Residence

Adam Silverman

Adam Silverman, Studio Director of Heath Ceramics, L.A., studied architecture, art and design at RISD. After moving to L.A.,he practiced architecture, started a clothing company, and in 2003 became a professional potter. His ceramics company is Atwater pottery. www.atwaterppttery.com

Ruby Neri

Ruby Neri comes from a long line of traditional figurative sculptors. As founding member of the Mission School, she collaborated with notable San Francisco graffiti artists. In the late 1990s, she moved to Los Angeles, and concentrated on sculpture.