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.

  • 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.

     

  • Renee Gladman

    Oct 19| Lectures
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    Renee Gladman is the author of eight books of prose and poetry, including the Ravicka triology, published by Dorothy (Event Factory, The Ravickians, and Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge). Other titles include Arlem, Not Right Now, Juice The Activist, A Picture Feeling, and Newcomer Can't Swim. Since 2004, she has been the publisher of Leon Works, a perfect bound series of books of experimental prose, and also has edited the Leroy chapbook series.

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Class of 2016 Commencement!

The 2016 Otis Commencement Exercises will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016 @3:00pm at Westchester Park.

Commencement Weekend Events and Annual Exhibition Information

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2016 Honorary Degree recipients

Rick Lowe

Honorary Degree recipient Rick Lowe

Rick Lowe’s pioneering socially-engaged art grew out of his focus on the urgent social, economic, and cultural needs he saw around him in Houston, where he had originally trained as a painter. In the early 1990s, with a group of fellow artists, he combined art, empowerment and community organizing to buy and restore 22 derelict houses in a predominantly African-American section of Houston. Entitled Project Row Houses, the visionary architectural preservation project serves both as a community center and public arts venue. It exemplifies “social sculpture” -- art whose spectators are become participants in it -- and earned Lowe a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2014. Lowe’s work has been exhibited at prestigious venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea, and the Venice Architecture Biennale. His further community-based projects include the Arts Plan for the Seattle Public Library, the Watts House Project in Los Angeles, and a post-Katrina rebuilding effort in New Orleans.

Masami Teraoka

Honorary Degree recipient Masami Teraoka

Masami Teraoka ’s work integrates fantasy, humor, history and wry observations on present-day life. Born near Hiroshima, Japan, Teraoka moved to the U.S. in 1961 to pursue art studies. He became successful in the 1970s with modern versions of Ukiyo-e prints imbued with personal commentary, taking on issues such as the clash of Eastern and Western cultures. More recent work addresses social and political controversies through large-scale narrative paintings that combine elements of the Japanese woodblock print with inspiration from Renaissance church art. Teraoka earned a BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in 1964, and an MFA in 1968. He has had over 70 solo exhibitions around the world, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; the Yale University Art Gallery and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. His work is in over 50 public collections worldwide.

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