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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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Otis College of Art and Design Senior Wins Prestigious Windgate Fellowship

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Otis College of Art and Design Senior Wins Prestigious Windgate Fellowship
Product Design at Otis

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 18, 2013  - Christopher Basil Fong from Honolulu, HI, an Otis College of Art and Design senior majoring in Product Design, has been named a 2013 Windgate Fellow by The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, a Center of the University of North Carolina, Asheville.  

The $15,000 Windgate Fellowship Award is among the largest and most prestigious offered nationally to graduating seniors.  One of only ten recipients in a field of 115 nominees from 68 institutions, Christopher won in the mixed media/product design category for outstanding achievement in handmade objects in fiber, metal, wood, clay, glass, and 3-D technology.  

Otis faculty member and internationally acclaimed ceramist Joan Takayama-Ogawa served as Christopher’s mentor for the Windgate competition.  “Chris’ body of work is a testament to his talent, hard work, and dedication to material-driven design,” Takayama-Ogawa observed.  “I couldn’t be more proud of his achievement and the exceptional way in which he represented Otis in the College’s first year of participation in this competition.”

As part of his fellowship, Christopher will enroll in workshops at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in southern France to study with the Vienna-based design collective Mischer’Traxler.  He will then research graduate schools in France, England, and the Netherlands before completing his fellowship by taking wood and blacksmithing courses at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Upon learning that he had been named a 2013 Windgate Fellow, Christopher expressed gratitude to his faculty mentor Takayama-Ogawa, Product Design Chair Steve McAdam, and the Product Design faculty “for creating a fertile environment” in which he could grow as a designer.  

“I feel very humbled to receive this award,” Christopher commented, “and I hope my winning it opens new doors and opportunities for future Otis students to compete for fellowships that will kick start their careers.  I hope this fellowship will kick start mine.”

Christopher is an alumnus of the Iolani School on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and will graduate from Otis this spring.


INFO ON THE WINDGATE FELLOWSHIP:  http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/2011-windgate-fellowship-awards/

CHRISTOPHER FONG WEBSITE AND VIDEO: http://chrisbasilfong.4ormat.com

MISCHER’TRAXLER http://www.mischertraxler.com

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.