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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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Teaching Tolerance and Respect in Los Angeles Through Stories and Narrative Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Please contact John Axtell for inquiries and photos:
310-665-6857 / jaxtell@otis.edu
 

Educational initiative addresses bullying, racial profiling, and social injustice; a Museum of Tolerance and Otis College of Art and Design partnership.
Nick Edinger Sketches
Nick Edinger Sketches

LOS ANGELES, CA, Sept. 26, 2012 - Civic engagement and social responsibility drive the mission and curriculum of Otis College of Art and Design. Partnering with the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, educators from Otis have developed a course of study focusing on sequential art and storytelling to address critical social issues facing society today.

"Using storytelling to get the point across has long been an effective way to keep an audience engaged and interested in a subject," says Otis faculty member Candace Lavin. "Working with the Museum of Tolerance on such a powerful initiative is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about the history of these issues while using their creative skills to develop art that educates and aims to transform society."

Working in teams, students will develop allegorical scripts that take on issues such as cyberbullying, social profiling, or censorship, and devise ways to illustrate the story through trans-disciplinary methods. The end result may be anything from a graphic novel or animation, to sequential art rendered in sculpture, painting, or mixed media. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring. The Museum of Tolerance will show the final projects in fall and spring.

Creative Action: An Integrated Learning Program provides all BFA students at Otis with collaborative and community experiences that extend beyond the boundaries of their major. Students work in trans-disciplinary teams in tandem with a community and/or corporate partner. They focus on team building, researching and addressing the needs of their partners, and implementing real-world solutions. The goal is to extend the traditional boundaries of the classroom, and to respond creatively to community challenges.

About the Museum of Tolerance
Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. http://www.museumoftolerance.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.