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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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Carrie Stewart Appointed VP For Institutional Advancement

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Carrie Stewart
Carrie Stewart

LOS ANGELES – March 25, 2011 – Otis College of Art and Design has appointed Carrie Stewart as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement. As a member of the senior administration team, Stewart will provide vision, oversight and direction for the areas of Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, Development, and Special Events.

Stewart has an extensive background of more than 23 years in advancement at higher education institutions in California. She began her career at her alma mater, California State University, East Bay, as the first alumni coordinator for the university. She most recently served as Associate Vice President for University Advancement at California State University, Fullerton. During her nearly ten years there, she helped build the advancement division, serving in a variety of key leadership roles including providing oversight and direction for alumni relations, advancement operations, strategic communications, university sponsorships, major events and central development. During this period the university realized unprecedented growth in private support of over 20% a year and more than doubled the size of its endowment.

“Carrie’s outstanding track record is a clear measure of her strategic capacity to achieve goals, and her consummate professionalism,” noted Otis President Samuel Hoi. “We are pleased to welcome Carrie to Otis and look forward to working with her to continue to grow our successes.” In accepting her appointment Stewart said “Otis is well-known for being in the vanguard of innovation in education. The creativity of Otis students and their achievements as alumni are a testament to that fact. I’m delighted to be part of a team that is dedicated to making this extraordinary educational community possible.”

Stewart is a frequently sought-after guest speaker, panelist, and workshop presenter on advancement related topics; volunteers her expertise for many organizations; and has received numerous awards, including ones from the Council for the Advancement in Support of Education, and from California State University. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Stewart graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, East Bay in Physical Education and Kinesiology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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.