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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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Filipina Barbie Lands Alumnus Carlyle Nuera on NBC

New Filipina Barbie Inspired by Culture, Fashion, and Family

BY FRANCES KAI-HWA WANG
A new Filipina Barbie doll, Mutya Barbie - recalling the glamour of old-school Filipino beauty pageants - has been released by Mattel as part of the brand's Global Glamour Collection. The debut Barbie doll of designer Carlyle Nuera, Mutya Barbie was inspired by both his culture and his own family.
 

Alumnus Carlyle Nuera Designs New Barbie Doll

Alumnus Carlyle Nuera (’10) debuts his first doll for The Barbie™ Collection - the Mutya™ Barbie® Doll, which is part of the Global Glamour Collection.
 
Nuera has also designed  the Fashionistas® and So In Style® lines, as well as stunning OOAKs like Barbie® Loves Adam Lambert and Haute Hiver Barbie® and has created fashion packs, including for Ken® doll. 

Toy Design Chair Deborah Ryan in Long Beach Press Telegram

Designers came to toys from varied careers

By Jordan England-Nelson
 
Actively seeking a career in toys is a relatively new phenomenon. Toy design schools didn’t exist a generation ago, which means most veterans of the toy industry got into the business by accident. Product and industrial design is a common background for toy designers, as is fashion, illustration and animation.
 
Here are the stories of six designers who never could have predicted they would be working in toys as adults:
 

Barbie's Housewarming Party

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Otis and Mattel partnered in a unique creative collaboration among students from five different creative disciplines to celebrate Malibu, CA's most fashionable resident, Barbie ®, as she renovates her new home. The show entitled "Barbie's Housewarming Party" hosted by Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, CA, featured student  work.

Barbie's Housewarming Party will feature work by students including:

Barbie's Malibu Dream House

Visit Barbie®'s new dreamhouse in Malibu, on display at Santa Monica Place for a limited time. Her house has been redesigned by a team of students, working with Mattel. See bathing suits and cover ups, designed with alumnus Rod Beattie ('86) of Bleu, art collection, furniture, and fitness center. Students from fashion design, product design, fine arts, toy design, and liberal arts and sciences created this environment.

Barbie Housewarming Exhibition

Come to Santa Monica Place for a housewarming party for Barbie's new house! Otis and Mattel have partnered to present a unique creative collaboration among students from five different creative disciplines to celebrate Malibu, CA's most fashionable resident, Barbie ®, as she renovates her new home. On view January 18-20, 2014 (walk-thru), 22-29 (window display). Work by fashion design, product design, fine arts, toy design, and liberal arts and sciences students.