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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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Otis Student Wins Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award Competition

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Congratulations to Karolina Kurek, Product Design sophomore at Otis College of Art and Design, for winning first place in the Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award Competition!
Karolina Kurek

Congratulations to Karolina Kurek, Product Design sophomore at Otis College of Art and Design, for winning first place in the Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award Competition! British luxury furniture designer Christopher Guy Harrison, celebrated for fusing classicism and modernism, is best known for his patented Chris-X leg design.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA, May, 2012 — Aspiring interior and product designers from art schools far and wide entered the competition in the hopes of advancing a career in the high-end furnishing industry. Out of 21 submissions, Karolina’s design was chosen as the best by a prestigious panel of judges: renowned designers Philip Treacy, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Birgit Muller, and Christopher Guy Harrison himself.

The competition’s challenge was to design pieces of furniture or decorative accessories following key Christopher Guy design elements, but based on the remarkable creations of Philip Treacy, the celebrated haute couture hat designer, who also has designed hats for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.

As first place winner of the competition, Karolina will intern at the Christopher Guy headquarters in Singapore, and work one-on-one with head designer Christopher Guy Harrison and his team as they develop and launch new collections. She will receive an all-expense paid trip to London to visit the Christopher Guy UK operations, and a four-day trip to visit the Christopher Guy exhibit during the Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris, one of the world's most prestigious furnishing exhibitions.

In conjunction with the Grand Opening of the new Christopher Guy showroom and BritWeek, the second annual Christopher Guy BritWeek Design Award ceremony was held on Saturday, May 5, in West Hollywood. Sponsored by Architectural Digest, the private award presentation and cocktail reception party announced and celebrated the winner and runner-up of the design competition.

Guests included prominent design professionals in the Los Angeles and Southern California area; the BritWeek organization and their guests; the design schools and their students; Christopher Guy Harrison, Philip Treacy, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Birgit Muller.

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.