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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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Clay In LA: A Ceramics Symposium

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

Clay in LA

Otis College of Art and Design presents Clay in LA: A Ceramics Symposium, an exploration of the remarkable history and vibrant state of contemporary ceramics in Los Angeles today. This free event includes a panel discussion, demonstrations, and an artist and curator-lead tour of the exhibition Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green currently on view at Otis’ Ben Maltz Gallery through March 19, 2011.

Panelists include: Jo Lauria (MFA ’90), Curator and Art/Design Historian; Ruby Neri (2010-2011 Boardman Artist in Residence), Artist; Adrian Saxe, Artist, Professor of Ceramics, UCLA Department of Art; Peter Shire, Artist; and Adam Silverman (2010-2011 Boardman Artist in Residence), Artist and Studio Director, Heath Ceramics.

Demonstrations by: Robert Miller (‘90), Artist; Kevin A. Myers (MFA ’93), Artist and Founder, Muddy’s Studios; and Adam Silverman.
 

There will be a walk-through of Splendid Entities: 25 Years of Objects by Phyllis Green with exhibition co-curator Jo Lauria and Phyllis Green; tours of the ceramics studio with Joan Takayama-Ogawa, Associate Professor, Otis College of Art and Design; and Rapid Prototyping demonstrations with Steve McAdam, Chair, Product Design Department, Otis College and Art and Design. Films screened throughout the day include the documentary Art is What I Do: The Life of Ralph Bacerra (producer/director Jo Lauria).

Clay in LA is made possible by The Boardman Family Foundation; organized by Otis College of Art and Design Fine Arts Department, Product Design Department, and Ben Maltz Gallery; special thanks to Joan Takayama-Ogawa.
 

Saturday, March 12, 2011
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Otis College of Art and Design,9
045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.F

ree admission and parking. Registration required; please call 310 665-6909 or visit www.otis.edu/clayinla to reserve a space. Seating is first come, first served. For further information contact: galleryinfo@otis.edu. Lunch available for purchase onsite from Green Truck.
 

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.