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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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Alumni Win California Community Foundation Fellowships for Visual Artists

The California Community Foundation (CCF) has named 22 emerging and mid-career Los Angeles County artists as recipients of the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA), with a total of $385,000 in unrestricted grants. Otis alumni Jeffrey Vallance (’81 MFA Fine Arts) and Raul Baltazar (’09 Fine Arts; ’13 MFA Public Practice) were named as two of the recipients.
 

Public Practice Alumnus Daniel French in Antelope Valley Press

Antelope Valley Art Outpost is a creative placemaking project that supports regional vitality through innovative, artist-driven projects in the unincorporated communities of Littlerock and Sun Village. In creative placemaking, public, private, nonprofit and community sectors partner to strategically shape the physical and social character of a place by leveraging creative assets to support community development.

Alumna Paige Tighe Featured in KCET Artbound

The Transgressive Act of Holding Hands on the River

By Carren Jao 
 
Over the past few months, the Los Angeles River has been a political issue. It has been the center of debates about social equality, health, and fiscal feasibility. The Los Angeles River has been so buried in these laden terms that it's easy to forget this waterway is first and foremost a place where real people gather, where they seek shelter legally or illegally, where residents come to simply commune with others.
 

KCET Feature on Alumna Lili Bernard

Lili Bernard: Fighting Trauma With Art

By Liz Ohanesian
 

KCET Artbound Features Graduate Public Practice's Antelope Valley Art Outpost

Antelope Valley Art Outpost: Building Community in the High Desert

By Evan Senn
 

Public Practice Faculty Misael Diaz Wins SPArt Grant

Grants Help Southern California Artists Make Work in the Social Sphere

By Carolina Miranda
 
An  art-making project with former prison inmates, an interactive broadcast at a Los Angeles swap meet and a collective that will create a new space for women to learn and create. These are three artist projects selected to receive $10,000 grants from SPArt, a grant-making organization based in Los Angeles.
 

Academic Excellence: SILVIA JULIANA MANTILLA ORTIZ

INFORMATION/TIPS FOR FUTURE STUDENTS?
Take care of each other. Being an artist is a hard road. The only way to succeed with sanity and joy is to support one other and avoid jealousy.

 

Hometown?
Bogotá, Colombia, and Edison, N.J.

 

Why Otis?
I was looking for a program that would support my interests in both art and activism, and Otis was the right choice.

 

Conversation with Carolina Caycedo, Dana Yahalomi and Suzanne Lacy

 Graduate Public Practice and the 18th St Arts Center present a conversation with
Carolina Caycedo, Dana Yahalomi and Suzanne Lacy about social and political
actions demonstrated in an art practice and public performance.
Dana Yahalomi is founder and leader of Public Movement, a performative
research body that stages public political actions; Carolina Caycedo is an
L.A.-based artist whose work engages the public, and Suzanne Lacy,
Chair of Otis' MFA Public Practice program, creates large-scale
public performances and installations.

Graduate Public Practice

A profile of MFA Public Practice described by the Founding Chair Suzanne Lacy. Shows students and faculty at work, as well as some discussion about benefits of being in Los Angeles.

KCET Feature on Graduate Public Practice Alumni's Mobile Mural Lab

Art on the Run: Roberto Del Hoyo's Mobile Mural Lab

By Sonya Fe