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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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Blick Supports Silent Auction

Please contact Margaret Reeve (310) 665 6957 for inquiries.

Blick Art Materials Sponsors 2011 Otis College Benefit Auction, Best Work of Otis College Art and Design Students Featured in Curated Exhibition

Blick Supports May 7 Silent Auction - Silent Auction to be Held with 29th Annual Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show on May 7 in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES - (April 25, 2011) Otis College of Art and Design announced today that Blick Art Materials is the exclusive sponsor of the 2011 Otis Benefit Silent Auction featuring art and design created by students of Otis College. With hundreds of works that include original paintings, drawings and prints, ceramics and sculpture, photography, illustrations, original toy designs, fashion, home and office products, digital media and more, the 2011 benefit auction will offer something for every level of art and design enthusiast—from the beginning collector to the most avid aficionado. Esteban Schimpf, artist, curator and founder of the gallery Actual Size Los Angeles in Chinatown, curates the auction.

Currently celebrating 100 years in business, Blick Art Materials is the premier art supply source for professional artists, students, and teachers with multiple stores in the Los Angeles area. "Blick Art Materials is dedicated to supporting art and art education in every way that we can, including partnerships with colleges nationwide, such as the Otis College of Art and Design," said Edward Ogorzaly, President of Blick Art Materials. "While we are the largest in the industry, with the broadest assortment and best prices, it is our service and community involvement that set us apart from all the rest. We are excited to support the 2011 Otis Benefit Silent Auction."
The Blick-sponsored auction will be held on May 7 at The Beverly Hilton in conjunction with the 29th annual Otis Scholarship Benefit Dinner and Fashion Show. Over 1,000 leaders in entertainment, fashion, business and finance as well as society patrons, press, celebrities, students, alumni and other supporters are expected to attend the benefit gala. The runway show of student designs is considered one of L.A.'s biggest and best annual fashion shows.
This annual black-tie event – silent auction, dinner and fashion show - is Otis College's largest fundraiser, last year grossing $1 million in scholarships for art and design students. Tickets and additional information are available at http://archive.otis.edu/sbs or by calling (310) 665-6858.

 


PRESS CONTACT: Sheri Mobley (323) 668-0874; smobley@mobleymarketing.com

ABOUT BLICK: Founded in 1911 at the kitchen table of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Blick, Blick Art Materials is the premier art supply source for professional artists, students, and teachers, and continues to be a family-owned business. Blick's annual Artist's and Educator's catalogs, more than 500 and 600 pages, respectively, are considered industry "bibles." Blick also offers hundreds of printable lesson plans and video workshops for teachers, and product videos for artists, to help them with their purchase decisions and techniques. Plus, they've expanded the reach of their retail stores to most major urban areas, and expect to add new locations every year. What was once a two-person company now employs hundreds of full-time Blick team members. http://www.dickblick.com/stores/california/losangeles/
 

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.