Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Constance Zhang

Apr 30, 2013
Constance Zhang
Spotlight Category: Student

What is your hometown?
Dalian, China.

What originally attracted you to Otis?
Originally, Fashion Design.

How did you decide on your major?
Though I thought I would study Fashion Design, I became interested in Illustration. I switched to Product Design because a friend advised me that it was a more lucrative career.

What was your final senior project?
The mission was to create easy, simple “ready-to-assemble” playful chair sets. I thought of them as a way to escape the fast-paced and stressful work lives we lead. I also wanted to explore the limitless power of nature to express my own emotions. I want my works to be valued not only for their function but also as works of art.

Most fun/influential class?
My first Product Design class with Kristen Foster helped me understand that basic elements such as lines and planes can be organized in particular ways, and that balance and color can improve the overall aesthetic.

How did L.A. affect your education?
Living in L.A. is like living in the airport, because you experience and learn about diff rent cultures. I feel like L.A. is my second hometown.  L.A has everything that I need for practicing design.

How did Otis affect your work/life?
Otis is like my warm home. We care about each other, help each other, and influence each other. We share thoughts, ideas, happiness, and growth.

What will you remember?
Every time I walked into the studio and saw my desk, I had a sense of belonging. I miss my desk!

What would you tell new students?
Otis is a family to me, and will be your family too. Otis will take care of you no matter where you are from or what problem you have. I am very proud that I am a part of Otis. Otis will not only lead you to be a great designer but will also help you to find yourself.

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