Events
  • 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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graphic design

Ludovic Balland Lecture

Ludovic Balland Typography Cabinet is a graphic design studio established in 2004 by Ludovic Balland. The studio focuses on book and editorial design, as well as new visual identities for international brands and cultural institutions.

 

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Academic Excellence: Renee Rasmussen

INTERESTING THINGS YOU DID OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL?
Road trips and surfing.

 

Hometown?
Independence, Iowa

 

Why Otis?
Right time at the right place. I have wanted to attend art school since I was young but was always told it wasn’t an option. When I moved out to L.A. and had some real life/work experience, I knew that art school (Otis) was the best option for my career path and for me as an artist.
 

Design Week; LAVA Design

The main goal of the "Hacking the LA City Brand" was to arm students with the tools to create design with intention. With critical thinking, they created design solutions that respond to the complexity and richness of their social context. Their journey went from research, analysis and conceptual thinking to design development. Students developed three concepts into visual identities: LA-ish, Los Angeles Originals and Lost Angels.


Can a city brand truly reflect the authenticity of a complex entity as a city?

 

Raul Plancarte lecture

Communication Arts presents a lecture by type designer Raul Plancarte

TYPO San Francisco features faculty

TYPO San Francisco features faculty members Yasmin Khan, Davey Whitcraft and Ana Llorente, and three Graduate Graphic Design alumni. Communication Arts and Graduate Graphic Design Chair Kali Nikitas acts as a facilitator in this year's conference, entitled Rhythm, which "explores the cadence of the creative process, the underlying tempo of inspiration, and the beats of the design experience." April 10-11.

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Jan and Randoald lecture

Communication Arts presents a lecture by Jan and Randoald, Belgian designers who have a collaborative studio
 

Communication Arts lecture by Designer Félix Beltran

Communication Arts presents a lecture by Félix Beltran, Cuban graphic designer who lives and works in Mexico City.

Academic Excellence - Chris Cherrie ’13

CHRIS CHERRIE ’13
COMMUNICATION ARTS: ADVERTISING DESIGN

Hometown?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Why Otis?
I was attracted by the idea that I didn’t have to specify a major until junior year within the Communication Arts department. I felt that I could be in charge of my own education.

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