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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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Annenberg Scholarship Established

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Rose Anne McCants, rmcants@otis.edu, (310) 665-6859 Marc D. Meredith, marcm@otis.edu, (310) 665-6820 
 

Wallis Annenberg Scholarship Established 12/07

WALLIS ANNENBERG $125,000 SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED
Largest single scholarship award in College’s history


Los Angeles, Calif. (December 18, 2007) – – Wallis Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation have awarded $125,000 to Otis College of Art and Design to present one exceptionally artistic and academically outstanding individual with a complete, four-year scholarship to study art and design at Otis.


In Fall 2007, Marc Meredith, Otis’ Dean of Admissions, began working closely with Admissions Counselors to identify outstanding students, and instituted an extensive interview process with potential candidates. The scholarship recipient will be announced in Fall 2008.
The scholarship will be named after Wallis Annenberg. As Vice President of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Americans by expanding educational opportunities; supporting arts and cultural institutions; funding cutting edge technology and communications; funding medical research and education; and advancing environmental stewardship. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, Wallis is the recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Southern California.


The Wallis Annenberg Scholarship is a significant award, as it allows the College to present a full, four-year scholarship of such great value for the first time in 90 years. “This is a wonderful opportunity for everybody at Otis,” says Meredith. “Bringing in a student leader has positive and very visible ripple effects. The student challenges others to think, act, and create differently. Most noticeably, the competition elevates and strengthens the quality of everyone’s work.” The Annenberg gift is a major step in the $8 million Otis Scholarship Campaign, a, five-year initiative that will provide merit-and needs-based scholarships to the best and brightest students from around the world.


Few other educational institutions have left such a distinctive mark on Southern California as Otis College of Art and Design. Vital and energetic, Otis’ effect on visual artists and influence on contemporary art movements in Los Angeles cannot be overstated. The Annenberg Scholarship recipient will join Otis alumni and iconic California artists such as John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ken Price who attended Otis in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Alumni from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Bryan Hunt, Barry Le Va, Roberto Gil de Montes, Masamai Teraoka, Bruce Yonemoto and MacArthur Prize-winner Kerry James Marshall set the stage for a host of cutting-edge contemporary artists to explore the landscape of popular culture. Recent graduates such as Alison Saar, Sandow Birk, Gajin Fujita, Patssi Valdez, and Jeffrey Vallance exhibit their cross-cultural work locally, nationally, and internationally, demonstrating both the diversity and impact of the College.

 

About The Annenberg Foundation
Established in 1958 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Foundation exists to advance the public wellbeing through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, visit www.annenbergfoundation.org. 

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.