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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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Fine Arts

Alumnus Joe Sola's Exhibition on KCRW's Art Talk

Alumnus Joe Sola’s (MFA ’99) recent exhibition A Painted Horse was featured on KCRW's Art Talk.

Art Talk's Hunter Drohojowska-Philp writes:

Time Out London Gives 5 Stars to Fine Arts Faculty, Larry Johnson

LA-based artist Larry Johnson once referred to himself as an ‘editor’, claiming: ‘My job… is to cram a big story into a small space. The idea is to maximise the attention span the viewer has for the work of art, which I imagine to be equal to that of a daily horoscope or beauty tip.’

Alumni Win California Community Foundation Fellowships for Visual Artists

The California Community Foundation (CCF) has named 22 emerging and mid-career Los Angeles County artists as recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA), with a total of $385,000 in unrestricted grants. Otis alumni Jeffrey Vallance (’81 MFA Fine Arts) and Raul Baltazar (’09 Fine Arts; ’13 MFA Public Practice) were named as two of the recipients.
 

Alumna Kaitlynn Redell Assists Barbara Kruger on Getty Project "Whose Values?"

For the past several months, Fine Arts alumna Kaitlynn Redell (‘09) has assisted renowned contemporary artist Barbara Kruger in this year’s iteration of the Getty Artists Program, in which the Museum’s Education Department invites one artist to create and implement a project of their choosing. 
 

L.A. Times & HuffPo Reviews of Alumna Edith Beaucage’s “Chill Bivouac Rhymes”

Alumna Edith Beaucage (’10 MFA) recently exhibited her show ““Chill Bivouac Rhymes” at CB1 Gallery, garnering reviews from the L.A. Times and the Huffington Post.
 
In the review “Feeling the pull of Edith Beaucage's vibrant hallucination,” L.A. Times reporter Sharon Mizota writes:
 

Details Names Alumnus Kour Pour An Emerging Artist to Watch

8 Emerging Artists to Watch Right Now

By Maxwell Williams
 

Kour Pour

Fine Arts Faculty Larry Johnson Publishes New Book

As part of a generation of artists that emerged in the US in the early 1980s, Larry Johnson is the 'artist's artist' par excellence, highly respected by fellow practitioners and students but little known outside of these circles.
 

The L.A. Times Profiles Alumnus and Muralist Kent Twitchell

Mural artist Kent Twitchell is extra busy at his canvas: L.A.'s streets

By Deborah Vankin
 
With his shock of silver hair, snowy beard and paint-spattered blue jeans, Kent Twitchell races around his downtown L.A. art studio, giving a tour. The searingly bright loft feels like a kaleidoscopic time warp, the stark, white walls a prism of murals, all from different time periods, all at different stages of production.
 

Fine Arts Faculty Scott Grieger’s Exhibition Opens at Temporary Space LA in July

Signs & Alarms: The Art of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, 1970-2015
 
Two-part exhibition celebrating the works of Margaret Nielsen & Scott Grieger, curated jointly by the artists and noted critic Peter Frank. The 4,000 square foot exhibition will present works selected from two careers spanning 45 years. 
 

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