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  • 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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2008 Creative Economy Report

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WILL ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS SAVE THE ECONOMY OF THE LOS ANGELES REGION?
Los Angeles, CA. October 1, 2008—Artists, designers and “creative types” drive the diverse economy of the Los Angeles region, according to a new report from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).  Data shows that “creativity” is the #2 business sector in Los Angeles and Orange County, generating nearly 1 million jobs and over $100 billion in sales/receipts from the arts, design and entertainment industries combined.  (Tourism and Hospitality is the # 1 business sector in the Los Angeles region.)

These findings and more were revealed today at a presentation of the 2008 Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region, hosted by Otis College of Art and Design which commissioned the report to put real numbers to the business of creativity.  “Our goal is to spotlight this under-recognized driver of the regional economy,” said Samuel Hoi, President of Otis College.  “Our hope is that business, cultural, civic, legislative, philanthropic, educational, and community leader will join to foster creativity as a sustaining force in our region.”

Other findings in the report:
•    more than $3.8 billion in state tax revenues are generated from this business sector in Los Angeles and Orange County
•    jobs in architecture, landscape design and interior design are up over 30%; jobs in furniture and home furnishings are down by more than 20%
•    the entertainment industry does not dominate the creativity sector of Los Angeles, but represents 38% of all creative jobs in the county

 

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The 2008 Creative Economy report was presented by Dr. Nancy D. Sidhu, Vice President and Senior Economist of The Kyser Center for Economic Research at the LAEDC.  “The Los Angeles region is a country-sized nation,” said Sidhu, “and 1 out of 10 jobs in the region is, directly or indirectly, a creative industries job.”

A lively panel discussion on L.A.’s creative future, moderated by Val Zavala of KCET, followed the report.  Panelists were Robert Eckert, Chairman and CEO of Mattel. Inc, Michael Alexander, Executive Director, Grand Performances and former Chairman of the California Arts Council, Kelly McDowell, Mayor of El Segundo, Roger Wyett, President and CEO of Hurley International, and Laura Zucker, Executive Director of Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

“The Los Angeles region is fortunate in that we don’t need to will creativity into being,” said Hoi in closing.  “It is already a resource in our midst.  But it cannot be taken for granted.  Its persistence demands careful investment.  To be competitive in the world and in this age of
ideas and innovation, we must embrace creativity in our schools and in our workplaces.”

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist