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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BFA Graphic Design Alumna Satsuki Shibuya

Dec 16, 2013
Spotlight Category: Alumni

Satsuki Shibuya (’07 Communication Arts)
Shibuya Designs
www.satsukishibuya.com

My escapades thus far have included studying music at the University of Southern California and graphic design at Otis, pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, delving into hard processes such as pattern design and sewing, launching a design studio, as well as raising a dog that loves treats and naps a little too much. My most recent pursuits have involved culinary experimentation, ‘zine publication, paper creations and making everyday living goods. Fueled by a combination of her love for nature, appreciation for the simple things in life, and passion for exploration, I forge ahead on my ever-evolving journey and invite you to join me!

Starting up
I had been thinking of starting up my own company for quite some time, even day dreaming about it during my studies at Otis. I decided when I graduated that if I wanted to try something, better sooner than later. I felt that I had enough experience from previous jobs and wanted to create in the way that I envisioned with full creative control.

Biggest reward
I am able to create what I want, when I want, and express my thoughts, feelings and philosophies in a way that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. Biggest challenge
Finding the balance between work and life. It is so easy to get caught up in something, especially if you love what you do, but I’ve realized the importance of giving yourself downtime. I used to worry that if I didn’t spend every waking moment doing something work-related, I would fall behind. Now I know that I am even more productive if I give myself the time to unwind and enjoy life.

Breakthrough moment
I sat down and really thought about my personal values and what I wanted out of work. At the end of the day, it wasn’t money that inspired me or fame, but more the freedom the express my own thoughts and philosophies. When I realized this, I knew wholeheartedly that I couldn’t do anything except something on my own.

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