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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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Alumni

Alumnus Jake Janz Designs Statue to Commemorate Fallen Lifeguard

Innovative technology turned Fresno-born product designer and branding artist Jake Janz ('05 Illustration) into a sculptor of public monuments.

Janz created a 9-foot-tall stainless steel lifeguard that scans the Newport Beach horizon looking for distressed swimmers, just as his brother-in-law, Ben Carlson, did the day he died two years ago.

Alumna Dawn Marshall is First Winner of JazWings Toy Design Incubator

Dawn Marshall’s ('16 Toy Design) idea, Funky Fros, could now be made a reality by Jazwares.

JazWings, the idea incubator platform within Jazwares, has detailed the winner of the first JazWings Student Programme.

The programme saw toy design students from the Otis College of Art and Design submit ideas that could then be brought to life by Jazwares.

Alumna Alison Saar Exhibition Silt, Soot and Smut in L.A. Times

When the Great Mississippi Flood displaced hundreds of thousands of African Americans in 1927, many chose to keep on going. Impelled by the waters of the worst U.S. flood ever recorded, they joined another rising tide — a mass migration from the rural South to the urban Northeast, Midwest and West.

Alumnus Jason Keam Opens Peoples Studio in Long Beach

The tiny storefront of 6021 Atlantic Avenue is nestled next to barber shops, beauty salons and a liquor store, inconspicuous as cars whiz by on the noisy North Long Beach artery during rush hour.

Alumnus Kerry James Marshall Receives 2016 Rosenberger Medal

The University of Chicago has announced that artist Kerry James Marshall was the recipient of its 2016 Jesse L. Rosenberger Medal for outstanding achievement in the creative and performing arts. Established in 1917, the Rosenberger Medal is an annual award given to a nominee who is recognized for achievements that benefit humanity.

In Conversation with Author and Alumnus Victor Yates

Graduate Writing alumnus Victor Yates' ('14 MFA) debut novel, A Love Like Blood recently received the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Debut Fiction. An author and educator, here Yates describes how he first got into writing and some of teh challenges along the way.  

 

Can you give us a brief introduction of yourself and your work? 

Alumna Elif Erkan in ArtForum

The quality of the light at Park View feels quintessentially LA—specifically, those neighborhoods that lie east, dusty and browner than the pastel palette famously used by David Hockney to render this town. Elif Erkan’s exhibition “ex oriente lux” is characteristic of a transplant intrigued by the unreal, contradictory metropolis. However, Erkan’s work rests comfortably here, her sculptures drawing on the city’s tensions.

Kelly Akashi and Laida Lertxundi Exhibiting at Hammer Museum

Opening on June 12th, the Hammer Museum's Made in L.A.

Alumna Fay Ray in Conversation with President Bruce Ferguson

President Bruce Ferguson sits down with Fay Ray ('02 BFA) in the artist's studio to learn about her process, why she returned to Los Angeles, and what it was like to work under renowned artist, and fellow Otis alum, John Baldessari. 
 

Inside the Studio of Alumnus Kerry James Marshall with Artsy

No one’s going to let you into the art world. This is a reality that Kerry James Marshall ('78 Fine Arts), one of America’s most esteemed painters, whose numerous accolades will be burnished this year with a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA Chicago) that later travels to the new Met Breuer in New York and MOCA in Los Angeles, knows well.

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