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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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Coleen Sterritt

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For nearly three decades since departing Otis, Sterritt (’79 MFA Fine Arts) has explored formal aspects of weight and balance, surface and texture through her sculptures, often beginning with a material that enters her awareness, and inevitably involves some form of stacking.

“In recent years as society has indelibly changed,” notes d.e.n. contemporary art, “many works of art have come to be seen in a relatively new light as they reflect ideas of imbalance, the notion of certain geometries as invulnerable, and the disparity between the raw and the refined. Viewed in the context of these uncertain times, Sterritt's work ventures into new directions with an up reaching, but precarious verticality, while still retaining moments of innocence and surreal fairy-tale construction.”

“I usually attached myself to a particular material,” says Sterritt in Spraygraphic, “such as cork, scrap lumber, cardboard, felt (whatever I find interesting at the moment) and focus on a single action — gluing, clumping, stacking, joining, etc. — and the form creates itself. The work is described by its own determination. Since I’ve been incorporating recognizable objects such as the found furniture, the work has opened up to narratives and metaphors out of not my control — and I really enjoy what happens. It’s a labor-intensive, but joyful process. Fluid and intuitive, mysterious and full of questions. It’s provided me with a set of circumstances I can work against: a catalyst to move forward.”

Sterritt has been an avid teacher, too. Her teaching career began in 1983 and has included positions at Otis, USC, Cal State Long Beach, and Pepperdine University. She was a Distinguished Visiting Artist at Cal State University, Fullerton, and an Adjunct Professor at The Claremont Graduate University before joining the Long Beach Community College Art Department in 1998 as the full-time faculty coordinator for the sculpture program.

Sterritt has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has received many awards including artist fellowships from the NEA, Art Matters, J. Paul Getty Trust, and City of L.A. (COLA Award). Among the notable collections that include Sterritt’s work are the MOCA, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; and Scripps College Collection, Claremont, California.

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