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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.

  • 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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Creative Economy

Findings of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California Unveiled

The hearing coincided with the release of the “2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California,” an annual report by the Otis College of Art and Design, which for the first time contained a regional analysis of creative industries within eight geographic areas of the state.

Artbound Weighs in on the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy

The Otis College of Art and Design's "Otis Report of the Creative Economy" was published this week and presented in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, among a cultured crowd on hand. Trustees and board members from area art institutions, artists, and art boosters gathered to hear the news about the state of the creative economy in Los Angeles and its surrounding region. Others, including artist and muralist (and Otis alum) Kent Twitchell, architects Steven Ehrlich and Fred Fisher were in attendance specifically to hear keynote speaker, and 2001 Nobel-prize winning economist, Dr.

World-renowned Economist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Joseph E. Stiglitz to Speak at Launch of the Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 03, 2016
Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the findings of the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region with a special lecture by world-renowned economist and author Joseph E. Stiglitz. Dr. Stiglitz has received numerous awards including the Nobel Prize and the John Bates Clark Medal for his contributions to the field of economics.

'State of Creativity' Best Documentary Feature at LA Press Awards

Last spring, Otis College of Art and Design partnered with KCET and its award-winning Artbound series to provide deeper engagement with the Otis Report on the Creative Economy through online articles and short video segments. 

Senator Ben Allen Visits Otis to Discuss the Creative Economy

California State Senator Ben Allen met with President Bruce W. Ferguson to discuss the Otis Report on the Creative Economy and its future role in the economic development of the state. During his visit he joined the excitement about Otis’ campus expansion project, setting his hands in the foundation for the new residence hall and academic wing.
 

The Otis Report on the Creative Economy in Zócalo Public Square

How L.A. Can Keep Its Creative Hive Buzzing

By Paul Bisceglio
 
Los Angeles isn’t fantasizing when it calls itself America’s creative capital–the numbers back it up. Economist Kimberly Ritter-Martinez rattled them off at a panel sponsored by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to discuss the business of creativity: 355,000 jobs are directly tied to the city’s creative industries, and 620,000 jobs are related in some way. More than 10 percent of Los Angeles county’s GDP comes from these careers.
 

LA Weekly Dives into the Otis Report on the Creative Economy

Entertainment Leads a Creative Economy Worth $293.8 Billion to California

By Dennis Romero
 
We criticize Hollywood a lot. It's a white bubble of an industry in a city that is majority brown. And its moguls and creatives are helping to push our cost of living, including sky-high rents and home prices, through the roof.
 
But the entertainment industry does bring dollars to our community. That's a fact.
 

Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California Maps Economic Impact on State, Asserts Importance of Talent Pipeline and Arts Education

Sacramento, CA - April 15, 2015 - The results of the 2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California (Otis Report) were unveiled today in a state Capitol hearing before the Legislative Joint Committee on the Arts in Sacramento. The Otis Report asserts California’s competitive advantage in the creative sector and underscores the need to bolster the talent pipeline through support for the arts and arts education.

KCET Artbound Explores the Art Ecosystem Based on the Otis Report

Southern California's Interconnected Art Ecosystem

By Marissa Gluck
 

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