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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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Meg Cranston

The Afghan Carpet Project

The Afghan Carpet Project features six carpets designed by L.A.-based contemporary artists— Fine Arts Department Chair Meg Cranston and faculty member Liz Craft along with Lisa Anne Auerbach, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, and Toba Khedoori—which were handmade by weavers in Afghanistan.

Fine Arts Faculty Afghanistan Carpet Project in Architectural Digest

Common Cause

 
An extraordinary collaboration between American artists and Afghan weavers highlights the universal virtues of craftsmanship and creativity.
 

Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston Named in Top 15 Noteworthy Art Professors

Meg Cranston - LA Times
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Meg Cranston Interview for OMAG

Keeping it Simple and Fresh

Cranston reveals her favorite museums, the book she would take to a desert island, her thoughts on art and media, the pinata, and more.

 

Artists' Book

Meg Cranston created an artists' book by creating a list of 1,000 important people and then measuring the amount of library shelf space each received.

Meg Cranston John Baldessari exhibition

Fine Arts Chair Meg Cranston and alumnus John Baldessari ('57) collaborated to create the inaugural exhibition for Michael Janssen Gallery in Singapore, “Keep it Simple. Keep it Fresh,”  January 19 – March 10 2013.

 

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