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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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Invista Sponsors Student Swimwear Design Project

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

Students Get Lessons in Working with Xtra Life LYCRA® Fiber Best Swimwear Designs Presented on the Runway May 8 in Beverly Hills

LOS ANGELES – February 25, 2010 – Fashion design students at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles are putting the finishing touches on a collection of swimsuits they created with the support of INVISTA, makers of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. INVISTA provided sponsorship dollars, fabric and education on the benefits of Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber to college students in the fashion design program at Otis. Eighteen juniors - working under the direction of professional designer and student mentor Trina Turk - have each created a contemporary swimsuit and coordinating cover-up, using fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber. The best of these swimwear looks will debut on the runway at the Otis 2010 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show on May 8 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Andrea Matousek, Swimwear Marketing Manager North America at INVISTA Apparel, spearheaded this sponsorship project. “Many of the swimwear industry’s top designers are graduates of the fashion design program at Otis. So it made perfect sense for INVISTA to help with the education and training of the next generation of swimwear designers.” Matousek, who participated with Turk in the student design process from design direction, research, sketch selection, and fabric fittings to construction of a final garment, also brought important resources to the college. INVISTA Scientist Andy Blab presented two comprehensive lectures to Otis students and faculty on the benefits and technical demands for incorporating stretch fabrics in garment design. And swimwear textile manufacturer Texollini provided fabric with Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber for the student designs. On April 8, executives from INVISTA will serve on the fashion design jury that determines which Otis student designs will be featured in the annual fashion show.

“When industry heavyweights like INVISTA invest time and resources in the education of young designers, they are insuring the future of fashion,” says Rosemary Brantley, founding chair of Otis Fashion Design. “We are thrilled to have INVISTA as first-time sponsors, and look forward to a continued partnership with them.”

The professional designer/mentorship program is unique to Otis, and is the primary reason that Otis is considered one of the best fashion design schools in the country. Current and past design mentors for Otis Fashion Design include Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Trina Turk, Bob Mackie, Todd Oldham, John Varvatos, Diane von Furstenberg, Yeohlee Teng, Behnaz Sarafpour, Isaac Mizrahi, Mark Badgley and James Mischka, Jeremy Scott and Rick Owens, as well as top designers from Hurley, Quiksilver, Anthropologie, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nike. Past and present design project sponsors include Swarovski, Cotton Inc., Nike, Nordstrom, and Xtra Life LYCRA® fiber.


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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.
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