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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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International Design Talent in Los Angeles for Design Week 2015

Los Angeles, CA - June 09, 2015 - Otis College of Art and Design’s MFA Graphic Design Program hosts its 5th annual Design Week, June 21-27, 2015. Design Week is a core component of the limited-residency MFA program, serving to introduce students to the international graphic design community and explore a range of professional opportunities in the field.
 

Otis at the LA Art Book Fair

Art & Publication, a course taught by Fine Arts faculty Holly Tempo, will be exhibiting at the 2015 Los Angeles Art Book Fair this weekend (January 30 through February 1).  The display will be Table #S07 in the zine section. A number of books by students and alumni from the undergraduate and graduate Graphic Design Departments at Otis, chaired by Kali Nikitas, will be available as well.
 

Award-Winning Graphic Designer Ludovic Balland to Lecture

On January 29, award-winning graphic designer and Visiting Artist Ludovic Balland will present a public lecture at Otis College. Balland will also participate in a roundtable discussion with graphic design and advertising students and interested alumni. 
 

Ludovic Balland Lecture

Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet is a graphic design studio established in 2004 by Ludovic Balland. The studio focuses on book and editorial design, as well as new visual identities for international brands and cultural institutions.

 

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Academic Excellence: Renee Rasmussen

INTERESTING THINGS YOU DID OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
Road trips and surfing.

 

Hometown?
Independence, Iowa

 

Why Otis?
Right time at the right place. I have wanted to attend art school since I was young but was always told it wasn’t an option. When I moved out to L.A. and had some real life/work experience, I knew that art school (Otis) was the best option for my career path and for me as an artist.
 

Design Week; LAVA Design

The main goal of the "Hacking the LA City Brand" was to arm students with the tools to create design with intention. With critical thinking, they created design solutions that respond to the complexity and richness of their social context. Their journey went from research, analysis and conceptual thinking to design development. Students developed three concepts into visual identities: LA-ish, Los Angeles Originals and Lost Angels.


Can a city brand truly reflect the authenticity of a complex entity as a city?

 

Raul Plancarte lecture

Communication Arts presents a lecture by type designer Raul Plancarte

TYPO San Francisco features faculty

TYPO San Francisco features faculty members Yasmin Khan, Davey Whitcraft and Ana Llorente, and three Graduate Graphic Design alumni. Communication Arts and Graduate Graphic Design Chair Kali Nikitas acts as a facilitator in this year's conference, entitled Rhythm, which "explores the cadence of the creative process, the underlying tempo of inspiration, and the beats of the design experience." April 10-11.

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