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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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Boutique run by alumna Astrelle Johnquest ’11 highlighted in the L.A. Times

From the outside, it looks like an unassuming 1940s home on Alhambra Avenue in Los Angeles’ El Sereno neighborhood.
 
But Now Space is anything but nondescript.
 
Sculptor and former product designer Astrelle Johnquest runs the hybrid vintage store, art gallery and experimental space as a continuation of a project she started years ago.
 

Student Spotlight: Arturo Vazquez

Arturo Vazquez came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was two years old. In order to give him a better education, his parents moved the family from Compton to Whittier and it was later, at Rio Hondo Community College that Arturo would meet his mentor, ceramics professor, and Otis alumnus, Robert Miller.

Alumna Melanie Abrantes Featured in Better Homes and Gardens

When Melanie Abrantes ('12 Product Design) decided to pursue her love of handmade home goods, cork and wood were the perfect media for the California-based lathe-loving woodworker. Her commitment to sustainably farmed materials coupled with her genuine curiosity keeps her one-of-a-kind bowls, plates, cups, and planters constantly changing.

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What was your "aha entrepreneur moment" -- when you knew you wanted your own business?

Alumni Danny Phillips and Kim Karlsrud

Phillips ('08 Architecture/Landscape/Interiors) and Karlsrud ('07 Product Design) met when they were students, and started their Greenaid project, Guerrilla Gardening, shortly after graduating. “Johnny Appleseeds for the 21st Century” is how Fast Company described their seed bomb project, a grass roots campaign to raise public awareness as well as reveal and remedy issues of spatial inequity.

Otis at Dwell on Design 2015

Last weekend Otis College of Art and Design exhibited selected work of students from the departments of Architecture/Landscape/Interiors and Product Design at the Dwell on Design show. Product Design presented work from juniors and seniors ranging from tea cups to furniture, while A/L/I exhibited images of various students’ work that represented the department’s disciplines and curriculum.

Product Design Sophomore Jasmin Druffner Wins First Place Award at Spring Green Expo 2015 for “Garden on Wheels”

Jasmin Druffner, a sophomore in Product Design with a minor in Sustainability and founder and “Chief Leaf” of Otis’ Dirty Deeds Garden Club, won first place at the sixth annual ECO Innovators’ Showcase at Metropolitan Water District’s (MWD) Spring Green Expo 2015.  Each spring, the MWD invites Southern California college students to showcase their work, not only to help raise awareness regarding sustainability issues, but also to meet like minds, to develop experience talking about t

Senior Emi Ichikawa Wins Windgate Fellowship Award

Product Design senior Emi Ichikawa (’15) won the 2015 Windgate Fellowship Award.

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.
 

Alumna Melanie Abrantes' Woodwork in the San Francisco Chronicle

Melanie Abrantes Pairs Woodwork with Cork

By Sophia Markoulakis
Oakland woodworker Melanie Abrantes is determined to disrupt the notion that wood is rough, linear and unforgiving.
 

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