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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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Emerging Talent in Product Design at Industry Gallery

Please contact Alexandra Pollyea (310) 665 6857 for inquiries.

EMERGING TALENT: OTIS PRODUCT DESIGN STUDENT WORK AT INDUSTRY GALLERY IN THE PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER
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LOS ANGELES – May 11, 2011 – Industry Gallery at the Pacific Design Center presents a special exhibition of work by Otis College of Art and Design Product Design students. The works were juried by Otis Product Design Department Chair Steve McAdam, Otis Product Design Department Assistant Chair Michael Kollins, and noted design expert Christopher Mount, previously the curator of architecture and design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and former Editor-in-Chief of I.D. Magazine.

The exhibition opening reception is on Thursday, May 26, 2011 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Otis student work will be on view through Friday, July 8. The exhibition will be held in Exhibition Space B-270, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California, 90069. All items in this survey of Otis Product Design student work are available for purchase.

"The Otis/Industry Gallery collaboration at the Pacific Design Center offers our Product Design students a tremendous opportunity to showcase and sell their work in soft and hard goods design in a professional environment," says Steve McAdam. "One of the most important elements of the Product Design Program at Otis is to position students and their work in a real world context," he notes. "The opportunity to be in the PDC community, to be assessed by professionals they are designing products for, and to be in an environment like Industry Gallery provides exactly that type of experience."

"Emerging talent in design, art, fashion and other disciplines, is what collectors, curators, media, trend analysts and others pay close attention to," explains Craig Appelbaum, owner of Industry Gallery. "It's where we find excitement, raw and bold ideas, and new ways of interacting with our environment. I wanted to highlight and celebrate the remarkable creativity of the emerging designers coming out of Otis. I'm honored to be working with Otis' Product Design Department on this endeavor and look forward to introducing this outstanding work to visitors to our Southern California Industry Gallery venue."

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.