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  • 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.

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John Mason

Alumnus John Mason

John Mason ('57), born in Madrid Nebraska in 1927, began exhibiting his powerful ceramic work at L.A.’s legendary Ferus Gallery in the late 1960s. He was one of the leaders of a revolution that transformed clay into a fine art medium. Mason is closely allied with Peter Voulkos, and the pioneering Otis Clay group. During the 1950s and 1960s, both master ceramicists pushed the boundaries of functional ceramics to create massive, energetic sculpture that broke the field wide open.

ArtScene Reviews AMOCA'S 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Curated By Faculty Jo Lauria

ArtScene, June 2015 Publication
By Scarlet Cheng
 

Los Angeles Modern Auctions Features Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Otis College and the Ceramic Revolution

 
The Los Angeles County Art Institute, which became the Otis College of Art and Design, was at the center of ceramic’s evolution as an artistic medium in America. In 1954 Peter Voulkos became head of its ceramics department. He brought with him energy, strength and a bold streak influenced by Abstract Expressionism–all new elements for the discipline.
 

Otis Honors Pioneers in Online Education and Fine Art; Lynda Weinman and John Mason to Receive Honorary Degrees

Los Angeles, CA - May 06, 2015 - Otis College of Art and Design will award honorary doctorates to Lynda Weinman, co-founder of the pioneering distance education company lynda.com, and renowned ceramics sculptor and Otis alumnus John Mason (’57) at the 2015 Commencement ceremony May 10, 2015.
 

Otis artists in Whitney Museum Biennial

The Whitney Museum Biennial features work by two Otis artists who blur the difference between art and craft: alumnus John Mason ('57), a leader of the Ceramics Revolution started by Peter Voulkos at Otis in the 1950’s, and Fine Arts faculty member Joel Otterson, whose work combines aspects of domestic handicraft with traditional sculptural material.  This 77th Biennial, which runs through May 25, presents work by 103 artists at the Whitney's Madison Avenue location.