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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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Newsletter May and June 2010

Graduate Fine Arts Newsletter May  June 2010

Compiled by Annetta Kapon
See also the current newsletter and the newsletter archive.

 

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ took part in BINATIONAL ART SHOW on Friday April 30th at Johnny Cab, El Centro, CA, and on Friday May 7th at Mexicali Rose Community Gallery, Ave. Colima #1436, Colonia Pueblo Nuevo, Mexicali, BC.

Grad Fine Arts Assistant Chair ANNETTA KAPON is in International HarborArts Outdoor Exhibition of Large-scale Artwork at Boston Harbor Shipyard Juried by Randi Hopkins, Associate Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston from June 12 to September 30, 2010.

Grads EDITH BEAUCAGE, MARK LEASOR, ADAM PENA, SERGIO BROMBERG, MATT CARTER, HINA FAGU, OMAR GALLEGOS, KATHLEEN MASSELINK-VALENZUELA, JENNIFER WOLF, and KARMA HENRY have their final thesis exhibition All Together Now (With Feeling) in the Bolsky Gallery from May 5 to June 6, 2010.

2010 Otis-Sandberg exchange residency fellow alum NINA LAURINOLLI '09 took part in the international alternative art fair Kunstvlaai 2010 at Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam from May 15 to May 23.

Alum LUIS HERNANDEZ was included in Mass Emergencies, Concrete Walls Projects at Angels Gate Cultural Center from May 16 to June 20, 2010.

Alum ERICA STEPHENS showed her work in "Trunk Show" on Saturday, May 22 at 800 Exposition Avenue in Dallas, TX

ROY DOWELL, chair of Grad Fine Arts, was selected for "critic's pick" in the May issue of Art News. Correspondent Hunter Drohojowska describes Dowell's collage technique and sources, which range from Mexican retablos to prints by Corita Kent. 

Alum ERIC MEDINE gave a LAVA (la-va.org) presentation on using YouTube and Flickr API for video mixing in Resolume on Saturday, May 27 at the LPM festival in Rome, Italy.

Alum WENDY GIVEN had a solo show How to Explain Magic to a Dead Rabbit,  at the Wieden + Kennedy Gallery in Portland, Oregon from  June 3- 25, 2010.