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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

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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.

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Graduate Public Practice

Graduate Public Practice Exhibitions and Performances

Graduate Public Practice 
2016 MFA Degree Presentations

Henderson Blumer
Jeanette Degollado
Margarethe Drexel
Tonya Ingram
Jenny Kane
Shefali Mistry
Beth Ann Morrison
Catherine SCOTI Scott
 

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS:

 
Tuesday May 3, 7 – 9:00 p.m. 

Shefali Mistry leads Michelada Think Tank event on artists of color navigating higher education

ArtNet Features New Work from Faculty Andrea Bowers

When activism finds its way into the art gallery, the house style is what Paige Sarlin calls "new left-wing melancholy," or what I think of as “post-radical chic:" neutralized and neutralizing, mining the paraphernalia of protest for historical pathos. This is not the way Andrea Bowers operates, as you can confirm for yourself if you visit the LA artist's show at Andrew Kreps Gallery in Chelsea, dubbed “Whose Feminism Is It Anyway?"
 

Public Practice Chair Suzanne Lacy Demystifies Social Practice Art for New York Times

Carmen Papalia’s M.F.A. project doesn’t look much like art. For “Blind Field Shuttle,” he led his classmates across the Portland State campus in Oregon on an eyes-closed walking tour, single file, each with a hand on the shoulder of the person in front.

For the first half of the 40-minute walk, some nervous participants had panic attacks, or cried. Mr. Papalia talked about what they were passing — a fire hydrant, a brick wall, a fence — and the vulnerability they were feeling.

Alumnus Noe Gaytan and Faculty Andrea Bowers featured in Artbound's Art and Protest

Graduate Public Practice faculty member Andrea Bowers and alumnus Noe Gaytan ('15 MFA) are featured in the Artbound episode 'Art and Protest'. The episode, "explores art created amid social upheaval, including: the social practice of Andrea Bowers and Noe Gaytan, whose work engages with the struggle for wage equity and unionization".

Public Practice Chair Suzanne Lacy's Performance on Gender-Based Violence Featured by Huffington Post

In Ecuador, roughly one in six women have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence. To put it another way, 3 million Ecuadorians have counted themselves a victim of gender-based violence in their lifetime. According to the same Pan American Health Organization research, 38 percent of women in Ecuador have been physically abused, 26 percent sexually abused, and 17 percent have been victims of patrimonial violence. These statistics, however bleak, are still merely numbers. Numbers that look eerily similar to statistics across the globe.

Public Practice Alumni's Michelada Think Tank is Featured by Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — It’s a familiar experience for anyone who has had to be the only person of color in a room: the uncomfortable silence around issues of race or the pressure to represent a monolithic identity that doesn’t exist. Over the summer, a group of artists invited the public to talk critically and humorously about race, art, and survival in a context where they could not only vent frustrations but also share resources and build community as people of color.

Public Practice faculty Patrisse Cullors talks about co-creating #BlackLivesMatter

Whether you first encountered #BlackLivesMatter recently on social media, heard the phrase from protestors on the streets, or listened to it coming out of the mouths of presidential hopefuls, the founders of the hashtag-turned-movement have been doing this for a long time.

Michelada Think Tank Starting Summer Residency at LACE

This summer Michelada Think Tank (MTT), a collective of MFA Public Practice students and alumni, will inhabit the Project Room at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions with a humorous and critical exploration of survival under a framework of institutional racism in the arts. Through a series of weekly think tank sessions, MTT will bring people together to talk about survival strategies for artists of color working in a predominantly white art world.

Three Public Practice Alumni Named 2015 Creative Community Fellows

Public Practice alumni Carol Zou, Mario Mesquita, and Nathalie Sanchez have been named Creative Community Fellows. Awarded by National Arts Strategies, the Creative Community Fellows program provides leaders at the intersection of culture and community with tools, training, and access to a community of support. This combination fuels their visions for community change, sparking new ideas and helping propel them into action. 
 

Conversation with President Bruce W. Ferguson and Social Practice Artist Rick Lowe

Otis President Bruce W. Ferguson chatted with Houston-based artist Rick Lowe at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, CA during a special luncheon with the artist and Otis students concluding nine months of community development through art and social practice in Antelope Valley, CA.

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