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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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Annenberg Scholarship Established

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Rose Anne McCants, rmcants@otis.edu, (310) 665-6859 Marc D. Meredith, marcm@otis.edu, (310) 665-6820 
 

Wallis Annenberg Scholarship Established 12/07

WALLIS ANNENBERG $125,000 SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED
Largest single scholarship award in College’s history


Los Angeles, Calif. (December 18, 2007) – – Wallis Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation have awarded $125,000 to Otis College of Art and Design to present one exceptionally artistic and academically outstanding individual with a complete, four-year scholarship to study art and design at Otis.


In Fall 2007, Marc Meredith, Otis’ Dean of Admissions, began working closely with Admissions Counselors to identify outstanding students, and instituted an extensive interview process with potential candidates. The scholarship recipient will be announced in Fall 2008.
The scholarship will be named after Wallis Annenberg. As Vice President of the Annenberg Foundation, Wallis is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Americans by expanding educational opportunities; supporting arts and cultural institutions; funding cutting edge technology and communications; funding medical research and education; and advancing environmental stewardship. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, Wallis is the recipient of the Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Southern California.


The Wallis Annenberg Scholarship is a significant award, as it allows the College to present a full, four-year scholarship of such great value for the first time in 90 years. “This is a wonderful opportunity for everybody at Otis,” says Meredith. “Bringing in a student leader has positive and very visible ripple effects. The student challenges others to think, act, and create differently. Most noticeably, the competition elevates and strengthens the quality of everyone’s work.” The Annenberg gift is a major step in the $8 million Otis Scholarship Campaign, a, five-year initiative that will provide merit-and needs-based scholarships to the best and brightest students from around the world.


Few other educational institutions have left such a distinctive mark on Southern California as Otis College of Art and Design. Vital and energetic, Otis’ effect on visual artists and influence on contemporary art movements in Los Angeles cannot be overstated. The Annenberg Scholarship recipient will join Otis alumni and iconic California artists such as John Altoon, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin and Ken Price who attended Otis in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Alumni from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as Bryan Hunt, Barry Le Va, Roberto Gil de Montes, Masamai Teraoka, Bruce Yonemoto and MacArthur Prize-winner Kerry James Marshall set the stage for a host of cutting-edge contemporary artists to explore the landscape of popular culture. Recent graduates such as Alison Saar, Sandow Birk, Gajin Fujita, Patssi Valdez, and Jeffrey Vallance exhibit their cross-cultural work locally, nationally, and internationally, demonstrating both the diversity and impact of the College.

 

About The Annenberg Foundation
Established in 1958 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Foundation exists to advance the public wellbeing through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge. For more information, visit www.annenbergfoundation.org. 

ABOUT OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of visual and applied arts, media, and design. Core programs in liberal arts, business practices, and community-driven projects support the College’s mission to prepare diverse students to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. As Los Angeles’ first professional art school, visionary alumni and faculty include MacArthur and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, and design stars at Apple, Anthropologie, Pixar, Mattel, and more. The renowned Creative Action program has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement, and the Otis Report on the Creative Economy is a powerful advocacy tool for creative industries. The College serves the Greater Los Angeles Area through compelling public programming, as well as year-round Continuing Education courses for all ages. More information is available at www.otis.edu.
Otis College Ranked 6th in Nation by The Economist