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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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Karolyn Kiisel: 2005-06 Faculty Development Grant Report

 Sketch of Balenciaga Dress

Sketch of a Balenciaga dress by Karolyn Kiisel

Excerpt:

The Imprint of Cristobal Balenciaga

The emergence of the Pret a Porter clothing industry was as important to fashion as was the Industrial Revolution to manufacturing; an entirely different quality of product evolved. As this new era was ushered in during the 50’s and 60’s, the couturiere’s were the bricks and mortar upon which this industry was built. Often cited as the most influential designer, Cristobal Balenciaga’s artistically unique style of silhouette and shape provided a blueprint for many future designers to follow, including Nicolas Ghesquiere, current designer of the House of his name.

The exhibition of Balenciaga’s work at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs leads the viewer along his life path chronologically. Pamela Golbin, the exhibit curator, pointed out interestingly, that many of the themes he developed throughout his career, such as use of floral motifs, bold contrasts, and the exploration of volume and shape, were apparent in his earliest pieces.

--Karolyn Kiisel
Fashion Design

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