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  • 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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Animation

Otis Game Design Program Ranked Top 10 in the West

Animation Career Review has released its 2016 Game Design School Rankings. Otis College of Art and Design placed #34 nationally and #10 out of the West Coast programs considered.  

Otis Ranked #11 of West Coast Animation Programs

Animation Career Review, an industry resource for aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals, has published their 2016 rankings of Animation School Programs.

Digital Media Students Collaboration with SeePolitical Featured on Huffington Post

Digital voter education platform SeePolitical has once again partnered with Otis College of Art and Design students to empower voters by providing vital information via fun, concise, animated videos.

Otis Graphic Design Ranked in Top 10 by Animation Career Review

Animation Career Review, an industry resource for aspiring animation, design, and gaming professionals has published their 2015 Graphic Design School Rankings. Otis College of Art and Design has been ranked #3

Alumna April Amezquita Chosen for the Nickelodeon Artist Program

April Amezquita ('15 Digital Media) is one of five artists recently chosen for the 2015 Nickelodeon Writing and Artist Program. The Nickelodeon Artist Program is aimed at nurturing emerging talent for positions within its animation studio. Amezquita will be working on the animated children's television series Shimmer and Shine on Nick Jr. 

 

Alumnus Tom McKimson

Tom McKimson (‘25), born in 1907, established his career as a pioneering animator through his work at the Warner Bros. studio, where he created such characters as the legendary Tweety Bird. He was the older brother of notable animators Robert and Charles McKimson.
 

Alumnus Wilfred Jackson

Born in Chicago in 1906, Wilfred Jackson ('28) one of cartoon's greatest directors, worked in a formative period for the budding new medium. Working long hours through the heydays of early animation, Jackson is widely judged to have set the standard for subsequent cartoon directors. At Disney, he was integral to the creation of feature classics like Snow White, and was also a technical innovator in terms of merging sound to pictures.



Alumnus John Hench

John Hench ('28) had a distinguished career as a Disney artist for more than a half century. His work included animation and filmmaking. Known as a lifer, he received the prestigious Disney Legend Award. He began as a sketch artist, and when Walt Disney recognized his special talents, he went on to do background painting and special effects for such classics as Fantasia, Dumbo, Cinderella and Peter Pan. The special effects he created for for the hydraulic giant squid in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea won him an Academy Award in 1954.

Otis Ranks in the Top 15 Percent of Animation Schools

Otis Ranks in the Top 15 Percent of Animation Schools

Animation Career Review has ranked Otis College in the top 15 percent of animation schools in the U.S. The online resource provided the following rankings of Otis on their lists for 2015 animation school rankings:

#37 nationally (top 15% of schools considered)

#29 nationally among private schools and colleges   

Alumnus Tyrus Wong in The Wall Street Journal

From ‘Bambi’ to Kites, His Work Flies High

Artist Tyrus Wong, 104 years old, is focus of exhibition at Museum of Chinese in America
 
By Elizabeth Yuan
 
After Tyrus Wong retired from the movie business nearly 50 years ago, he started making kites that he would fly over the beach in Santa Monica, Calif. To this day, bobbing on the end of his kite strings are colorful handmade creatures, including owls, centipedes, a pink-and-yellow caterpillar, a panda—sometimes more than a dozen at a time.
 

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