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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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Mattel Gift Announcement

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

Mattel awards $1.85 million for campus facilities, academic programs, and scholarships

With many of Los Angeles’ top business, philanthropic, art and design leaders looking on, Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design accepted a $1,850,000 gift from Mattel, Inc., presented by Mattel International President Bryan Stockton, who is also a member of the Otis Board of Trustees. “Otis College is fortunate to have a generous corporate citizen like Mattel in our midst,” said Hoi at the presentation today. “To be competitive in the world and in this age of ideas and innovation, we must embrace creativity in our schools as well as our workplaces. Mattel clearly understands this important issue by responding with this generous gift.”

Mattel’s philanthropic gift, part of its commitment to two-percent pretax profit to philanthropic efforts, will support Otis student scholarships, art and design curriculum and facility enhancement. “We see this financial contribution as an investment in the future,” stated Stockton. “While some companies currently hold back their charitable giving, Mattel feels
strongly about investing now in the next generation of creative leaders, in the health of our economy, in the strength of our communities, and in innovations in the art and design industry.”

The Mattel gift announcement and presentation was made during the College’s annual “Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region,” an event that delivers data and analysis provided by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).
Commissioned by Otis College, the 2009 report includes new findings on the state of creativity in business and the workplace, and is titled “Unleashing L.A.’s Creative Potential.” More than 300 people attended the speaker/panel discussion program held at the Omni Hotel.

The Mattel/Otis Partnership began more than 20 years ago when Otis relocated its campus from mid-town Los Angeles to Westchester, close to Mattel Corporate Headquarters in El Segundo. Since then, Mattel has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the College
through classroom collaborations in Toy Design and Fashion Design, sponsorship of the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show, and funding for student visits to Hong Kong toy manufacturers.Currently, Mattel is the #1 employer of Otis graduates.

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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.