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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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Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

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2006 Alumni Exhibition at the Barnsdall Art Center
Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art

This survey exhibition highlighted the lasting impact of Los Angeles artists and movements, and demonstrated the seminal influence of Otis, L.A.’s first professional school of art.

 

Kent Twitchel, 6 LA Artists

 

"Even before Kerry James Marshall took a drawing class at Otis, Charles White was one of his heroes. The Carver Junior High student had read about White, and was thrilled to learn that the painter taught and had a studio at Otis. When White walked into his classroom, recalls Marshall, “That was it for me.
It was a life-altering experience.” Both Marshall and Otis have come a long way since that day back in the ’60s. Marshall is a 1978 Otis graduate whose own paintings are now in such collections as the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. And today, Otis trains not just painters and sculptors but also toy and fashion designers."

Excerpt of historical essay by Barbara Isenberg (PDF)


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Otis: Nine Decades of Los Angeles Art Exhibition at Barnsdall Art Center
 

Video about Alumni public art in Los Angeles (no audio)

THE Magazine on Otis' first 90 years (PDF)

OMAG Volume 1: Nine Decades of Fine Art (PDF)

 

Exhibiting Alumni
Anders Aldrin
Carlos Almaraz
John Altoon
Stuart Arends
Tetsuji Aono
Anissa Balson
Billy Al Bengston
Sandow Birk
Suzanne Caporael
George Chann
Hideo Date
Alonzo Davis
Alex Donis
Richard Evans
Kim Fisher
Keiko Fukazawa
Gajin Fujita
Diane Gamboa
Camille Rose Garcia
Zhenya Gershman
Roberto Gil de Montes
Lawrence Gipe
Bob Glover
David Grant
Mineko Grimmer
Kevin Hanley
John Hench
Bryan Hunt
Carmine Iannaccone
Edgar Ibarra-Lepe
Robert Irwin
Ulysses Jenkins
Annetta Kapon
Cindy Kolodziejski
Bari Kumar
Leslie Labowitz-Starus
Paul Landacre
Harold Lehman
Barry Le Va
Peter Liashkov
Kerry James Marshall
John Mason
Carlos Mollura
Joseph Mugnaini
Sandeep Mukherjee
Ruben Ochoa
Benji Okubo
Sarah Perry
Richard Pettibone
Ken Price
Tom Recchion
Lucas Reiner
Steve Roden
Leslie Rosdol
Allison Saar
Jacqueline Sage
Oshin Saginian
Porntip Sangvanich
Ruth C. Snyder
Paul Soldner
Coleen Sterritt
Whitney Stolich
Masami Teraoka
Timothy Tompkins
Eloy Torrez
Don Totten
Kent Twitchell
Patssi Valdez
Jeffrey Vallance
Mark Dean Veca
Darren Waterston
Carrie Whitney
Cecily Grossman Willis
Tyrus Wong
Bruce Yonemoto
Liz Young
Norman Zammitt
Peter Zokosky
Milford Zornes