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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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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.
 

Alumna Melanie Abrantes Discovered by Dwell at NYNow

Dwell recently stopped by the 2015 edition of NYNow to have a look at some of the latest home goods and accessories. Among their design finds was a line of hand-turned candlesticks, planters, and serving boards made from wood and cork by Oakland-based designer, maker, and Product Design alumna Melanie Abrantes ('12).

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. 

Otis at the 2014 AICAD Symposium

Distinguished Otis faculty and staff participated in the 2014 Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) Symposium, "New Paradigms 2.0: Art and Design as Collaborative Action," held at Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio. 
 
Interim President Kerry Walk, Acting Provost Randy Lavender, and Special Projects Coordinator Meg Linton attended, along with faculty and staff members who gave presentations as part of the symposium program.

The Marks Project: Joan Takayama-Ogawa

Joan Takayama-Ogawa

Product Design Faculty Joan Takayama-Ogawa has been identified by The Marks Project as one of the top 50 American Ceramic Artists, which requires Joan to document the artist signature throughout her career for future authentication. 

The Dictionary of American Studio Ceramic Makers and Their Marks, an on line searchable database, will document the marks of makers working in America from 1946 to the present.

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