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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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Alumni Win California Community Foundation Fellowships for Visual Artists

The California Community Foundation (CCF) has named 22 emerging and mid-career Los Angeles County artists as recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA), with a total of $385,000 in unrestricted grants. Otis alumni Jeffrey Vallance (’81 MFA Fine Arts) and Raul Baltazar (’09 Fine Arts; ’13 MFA Public Practice) were named as two of the recipients.
 

Alumnus Nathan Fitch’s Stranger Selfie Project in TIME Lightbox

This Photographer Takes Selfies With Complete Strangers

By Josh Raab
 
For two months now, photographer Nathan Fitch has been taking selfies with complete strangers, uploading them to Instagram in an attempt to discuss people fixation with technology, he says in an interview with TIME LightBox.
 
Josh Raab: What is @strangerselfieproject?

Alumna Kaitlynn Redell Assists Barbara Kruger on Getty Project "Whose Values?"

For the past several months, Fine Arts alumna Kaitlynn Redell (‘09) has assisted renowned contemporary artist Barbara Kruger in this year’s iteration of the Getty Artists Program, in which the Museum’s Education Department invites one artist to create and implement a project of their choosing. 
 

L.A. Times & HuffPo Reviews of Alumna Edith Beaucage’s “Chill Bivouac Rhymes”

Alumna Edith Beaucage (’10 MFA) recently exhibited her show ““Chill Bivouac Rhymes” at CB1 Gallery, garnering reviews from the L.A. Times and the Huffington Post.
 
In the review “Feeling the pull of Edith Beaucage's vibrant hallucination,” L.A. Times reporter Sharon Mizota writes:
 

KCET on Alumnus Mario Ybarra Jr.’s Residency at 18th Street Arts Center

Slanguage Speaks Slanguage

By Betty Marín
 

The L.A. Times Reviews Fine Arts Alumnus Gajin Fujita's paintings at L.A. Louver

Brands, symbols and emblems in Gajin Fujita's paintings at L.A. Louver

By David Pagel
 
Ten years ago, billboards across Southern California proclaimed that the baseball team then known as the Anaheim Angels had become the Los Angeles Angels. Fans got mad.
 
Long-standing lovers of the Anaheim Angels felt betrayed. Die-hard Dodgers supporters felt that their turf had been violated. Less passionate observers saw the name change as a corporate maneuver to grab a larger market share.
 

Alumni Exhibit: Sally Bruno, New Paintings

Sally Bruno

New Paintings

 
June 27 – August 15, 2015
 
Opening Reception:
Saturday, June 27, 2015 
6 – 8 pm
 
LAM Gallery 
913 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
 

Alumnus John Baldessari Honored at MOCA Gala

Ed Ruscha, China Chow, and Janelle Monae Party Up a Storm at MOCA Gala 2015 Honoring John Baldessari

By Janelle Zara
 
“The end of boring art, the pelicans in the desert… Carrots. And parrots. Green peas… The art historian Clement Greenberg. All the drugs driving from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. God. God's nose."
 

Alumni Summer Exhibitions

Jesse Benson ('03 MFA Fine Arts), Michael Benevento Gallery 

Open through May 23

L.A. Times review: Jesse Benson and the 'Dragnet' aesthetic: Just the facts 
 

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