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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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Bob Mackie and Macerich’s Santa Monica Place to Receive 2011 Design Awards From Otis College of Art and Design

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Santa Monica Place
Santa Monica Place
Bob Mackie
Bob Mackie
Art Coppola
Art Coppola

LOS ANGELES - (January 26, 2011) - Otis College of Art and Design announced today the distinguished recipients of its annual art and design awards. Acclaimed costume designer Bob Mackie, a longtime supporter of the Otis fashion design program, will receive the 2011 Otis Design Legend Award. Art Coppola, CEO of Macerich Company will accept the 2011 Otis Creative Vision Award on behalf of Santa Monica Place, the premier shopping and dining destination that incorporates green-building practices into its modern architecture and day-today business.

“Otis and Santa Monica Place resonate in our common belief and action in the creative economy, community engagement, and sustainability. The legendary Bob Mackie has mentored our Otis fashion design students for more than two decades. Otis recognized his incredible talent and successful career by awarding Bob an honorary degree in 2005,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design, when announcing the honorees. “Otis College is thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate both of these deserving style beacons – the designer and the destination!”

The new Santa Monica Place opened in August 2010 and is now a renowned retail center for the West Coast. Distinctive department stores and fashion boutiques such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Nike, BCBGMaxAzria, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Kitson L.A., in addition to chef-driven dining overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make Santa Monica Place a stylish one-of-a kind experience. The company behind the refreshed property is Santa Monica-based Macerich. Under the leadership of Chairman of the Board and CEO Art Coppola, Macerich is dedicated to a partnership approach to property development. Macerich exemplifies how planning, investment and support can result in a collaborative and successful environment for its business partners, consumers who visit its properties, and members of the surrounding community.
http://www.santamonicaplace.com/

The scope of Bob Mackie's fashion, home furnishings and entertainment career is enormous and continues to expand. Mackie's reputation was built designing for and dressing the most glamorous and charismatic women in the world, including Cher, Tina Turner and most recently - the Grammy Award winning artist Pink. For years, Mackie’s designs have graced the most famous stars in the entertainment industry. And now, his sportswear collections, eyewear, signature fragrance, collectible Barbie® dolls, luggage and home furnishings are available to everyone.
https://www.bobmackie.com/

Previous Otis awardees are: Dr. Bijan Pakzad, Chairman and Designer of House of Bijan, Beverly Hills, and Disney and Warner Bros illustrator and Otis alumnus Tyrus Wong (2010), Bob Hurley, founder and chairman of Hurley International, and Sally Frame Kasaks, chairman and chief executive officer of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. (2009), Anne Globe of DreamWorks Animation and Brad Globe of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (2008), Jacque Hall and Paul Fitzpatrick of Macy’s (2007), Joseph Abboud, Cirque du Soleil and Roxy (2006), Mindy Grossman and Peter Kolsky of Nike, Inc. (2005), Roger Williams of Warnaco Swimwear Group and Susan Crank of Lunada Bay Corporation (2004), Tim Kilpin of The Walt Disney Company (2003), Matt Bousquette of Mattel, Richard Baker of Op and Linda Platzner of Primedia (2002), actor/artist Dennis Hopper, sculptor Robert Graham and swimwear designer Anne Cole (2001), Max Azria of BCBG (2000), Bob McKnight of Quiksilver (1999), Todd Oldham and Dan Romanelli of Warner Bros. Consumer Products (1998), and Michael Gould of Bloomingdale’s (1997).

Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place will receive their awards at the 29th annual Otis Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 7, 2011 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Over 1,000 leaders in entertainment, fashion, business and finance as well as society patrons, press, celebrities, students, alumni and other supporters are expected to attend the gala. The runway show of student designs is considered one of L.A.’s biggest and best annual fashion shows.

The 2011 event co-chairs are Shelley Reid and Adrianne Zarnegin. This annual event is Otis College's largest fundraiser, last year grossing $1 million in scholarships for art and design students. Tickets and additional information are available at http://archive.otis.edu/sbs or by calling (310) 665-6858.

PRESS CONTACT: Sheri Mobley (323) 668-0874; smobley@mobleymarketing.com 
 

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.