Events
  • 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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Blaine Fontana

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Having grown up on an island in the Seattle area, BlaineFontana” Hogg (’02, Communication Arts) made his way through Otis and received top honors with the “Best in Show” award.

While still in school, he worked as an art director at a cutting edge design firm (Abound LLC.) and also at a fashion/lifestyle magazine (Metro.Pop); he has since worked as an Art Director for a young men’s apparel company (Drifter). In January of 2003 he opted for self-employment as a fine artist and designer. “I wanted to put my own voice and vision out there,” says Fontana, “so I left the company and starting working on my own projects. I haven’t looked back.”

Fontana’s work is featured in a monograph that samples his work from 2002-2006. Drawing on elements and experiences as diverse as Asian calligraphy, found objects, and the vibrant color palette of graffiti, Fontana integrates the urban and the natural worlds. His particular vision invokes religious myths, worldly folklore and contemporary social observations that result in work that harmoniously integrates the organic and inorganic, the physical and metaphysical, order and chaos.

Fontana’s freelance lifestyle affords him some extra time to commit to RTEA (Reaching To Embrace Arts), an L.A. organization that raises money to buy supplies and fund art programs for seven inner-city elementary schools. Fontana has worked as an art director/curator and web master. “I became aware of the tremendous under-funding of art programs in our public schools,” says Fontana. “RTEA is helping the next generation get the encouragement they need. Art opens a young person’s mind to the things that are beautiful in this world. Art programs help round out a person’s life experience. My life has been better because of art, and I want to share this opportunity with others.”


http://www.blainefontana.com/

 

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