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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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Charta Donates 101 Quality Art Publications to Otis College of Art and Design

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos 310-665-6857 jaxtell@otis.edu
 

Otis College of Art and Design’s Millard Sheets Library is one of the few prestigious libraries around the world selected by Charta to receive a gift through its 101 Exceptional Books Program

Los Angeles, CA, December 17, 2003 - Otis College of Art and Design’s Millard Sheets Library joins other prestigious libraries around the world selected by Charta to receive 101 quality art publications. Otis Board of Governors Chair Fred Fisher, and Charta founder Giuseppe Liverani arranged the generous donation. 

Headquartered in Milan, Charta is a highly respected publishing house with a 360-degree perspective on art: painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, fashion, and artist writings, distributed both nationally and internationally. Charta’s library donation program consists of 101 books selected from their catalogue that boasts nearly 900 publications. Past recipients include the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam (Cuba), and National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare. 


“Charta’s generous donation is a wonderful addition to our library which already includes over 45,000 books focused primarily in broad areas of art and design,” said Sue Maberry, Otis’ Director of Library and Instructional Technology, “Among our holdings are a special collection of 3,000 artists' books, which include works by important contemporary artists such as Ed Ruscha, Joseph Beuys, and Vito Acconci. Charta’s books, especially those by contemporary Italian and Chinese artists such as Constantin Nivola and Zhang Huan, will significantly round out our collection.”

 “Charta believes strongly in supporting and educating the next generation of artists and designers,” said Liverani, “We are thrilled that our titles will now be available to and appreciated by Otis students, faculty and the larger community that visit the library.”

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.