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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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Thom Miller Joins Board of Otis

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CITY NATIONAL BANK EXEC JOINS BOARD OF OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN

Thomas R. Miller Named as Trustee at Top Art Institute in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – (June 4, 2009) – Thomas R. Miller, executive vice president of Marketing at City National Corporation, was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Otis College of Art and Design. One of the nation’s foremost art and design colleges awarding BFA and MFA degrees, Otis College is considered L.A.’s first art institute, established in 1918 by the founder of the Los Angeles Times.

“Thom Miller is a richly experienced executive who embraces creativity and believes that art and design education matters. His strategic mind and expertise in marketing and communications will help Otis advance its services. We wholeheartedly welcome Thom to this leadership position at the College,” said Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design.

During his more than 30 years in marketing and advertising, Thomas R. Miller has helped position some of the world’s premier brands for companies like Ford Motor Company, Proctor & Gamble, Mattel, RJR Nabisco, The Pillsbury Company, Sunkist and Universal Studios. His
extensive experience ranges from product branding and strategic development to national political marketing and executive-level corporate management.

Immediately prior to joining City National Bank, Miller was executive vice president and general manager of the Los Angeles office of Foot, Cone & Belding Worldwide. Before joining FCB, he was president of Ketchum Advertising/New York and a member of the board of directors of Ketchum Communications, Inc. He also served as chairman of the New York Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

Thomas R. Miller earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. Active in community and civic affairs, he is president of the Los Angeles Conservancy board of directors, and also serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation. Miller is also chairman emeritus of the Los Angeles Library Foundation.

Other members of the Otis College board of trustees include Hope Warschaw, Board Chair; Susan Crank of Lunada Bay; Bettye J. Dixon of Concourse Concessions Inc.; Bronya Pereira Galef and Elaine Goldsmith, Chairs Emerita; Steve Jarchow of Regent Entertainment; Bob McKnight of Quiksilver Inc.; Academy Award winner and special effects producer Jim Rygiel; interior designer Michael S. Smith; Bryan Stockton of Mattel; and Roger Wyett of Hurley International.

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.