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  • Tim Walsh, is the inventor of the board game Blurt!, which sold more than a milion copies. Tim has lincesned toy and game concepts to Hasbro, Mattel, Brio, Educational Insights, Imagine Entertaiment, and others. Be inspired and entertained by the stories behind the creation of blockbuster toys and games.

     

  • James Hannaham

    Jan 25| Lectures
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    James Hannaham is the author of the novels Delicious Foods, which won the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award, and God Says No, a Stonewall Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.

  • Opening Reception and Acoustic Event: “Tuning the Room” lead by Gregory Lenczycki and Ken Goerres. Gastronomic tuning tastings and elixirs provided by Eden Batki.
     

  • The measure and alterations of Craycroft’s “room tuning” are framed in relation to its setting within the art gallery of an art school. In the wake of the U.S. presidential election, and in anticipation of the exhibition runtime falling during the first months of the new administration, Tuning the Room is a proposal to pay attention to the role that art and art education play in how voices are heard.

  • Robin Coste Lewis won the National Book Award for Voyage of the Sable Venus. Her writing has appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Callaloo, The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, Transition: Women in Literary Arts, VIDA, Phantom Limb, and Lambda Literary Review. She has taught at Wheaton, Hunter, Hampshire, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis is a fellow of Cave Canem and of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, as well as a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at USC.

  • Artist Anna Craycroft, of the current exhibition Tuning the Room in Ben Maltz Gallery, in discussion with artist and curator Micah Silver.

  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

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NIKE CEO TO SPEAK AT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN COMMENCEMENT

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

Mark G. Parker to Receive Honorary Doctorate from Prestigious Art School In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – (April 30, 2009) – Mark G. Parker, president and chief executive officer, Nike Inc. will attend Otis College of Art and Design’s 2009 Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 in Los Angeles. Parker will give the Commencement address and will receive an honorary doctorate degree from Otis College, LA’s first art institute, established in 1918.

“Nike’s long-time support of Otis College, and Mark’s on-going advocacy of young art and design talent, make him the perfect choice to inspire our graduates and their families on this important occasion,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design. “I speak on behalf of the entire Otis College community when I say that Mark Parker - an artist, designer and collector in his own right - truly honors us with his presence at Commencement this year. He shares our conviction that art and design matters socially, culturally and economically.”

Mark Parker has 30 years of extensive Nike experience, across a broad range of leadership roles, from product design and development, to marketing and brand management. Joining the company in 1979 as a designer, Parker has been involved in many of the company's most significant product breakthroughs. He is widely recognized as the product visionary for the Nike Air franchise, as well as many other industry-leading product design and performance innovations. Prior to leading the Nike brand during a period of strong growth and financial performance, Parker successfully ran the company's multibillion-dollar footwear and apparel businesses.

As a designer and CEO, Parker drives innovation and growth across Nike Inc.'s global business portfolio, which includes Converse, Cole Haan, Hurley International and UMBRO. Parker also is focused on continuing to develop leadership talent in the company to support Nike's long-term growth.

Mark G. Parker is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He enjoys traveling, being active with his family in an array of non-competitive sports including running, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking and sailing. He also continues his passion for sketching, drawing, painting and collecting art.

Previous Otis College Commencement speakers and/or honorary degree recipients include artists David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Beatrice Woods, Ed Moses, Robert Irwin and Bill Viola; architects Frank Gehry, Cliff May and John Lautner; designers Ray Eames, Saul Bass, and Jay Chiat; choreographer Bella Lewitzky, author/curator Richard Martin, costume designer Bob Mackie, actor Cheech Marin and singer/songwriter Graham Nash.

Otis College of Art and Design’s 2009 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m. at the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, near LAX. Over 250 students from the College’s eleven undergraduate programs and three graduate programs will receive BFA and MFA degrees. This year marks the first time the College will award degrees in Graduate Public Practice.

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