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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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Painting

PAINTING is one of three areas of study in Fine Arts.  World-class faculty, who are active professional artists, teach all classes.  Students in Fine Arts study each of the core disciplines—Painting, Sculpture/New Genres, and Photography—before selecting one or more areas to pursue in depth. 

Painting students learn the basic principles, techniques and concepts of painting and drawing while developing their talent.  Students learn to invent visual images of their ideas, passions and interests.  Student artists in the program work on surfaces ranging from paper, canvas, panels, and walls among many other possibilities.

Students are exposed to the ideas and methods that make up the long, rich history of painting.  Classes include abstract and representational approaches to the medium and how to use them to make successful paintings.  Students experiment using a wide variety of materials (oil, acrylic, watercolor, spray paint and others) as part of their journey to become professional artists with their own unique direction.  For Materials, Methods and Skills taught in the Painting Progam Download (PDF).

Students in the Painting Program work in three studio environments.  The Galef Center Painting Studio has 24/7 access, a storage facility, an outdoor work area, and adjoining clean space where students present work for critique. 

The Otis Midtown Studio on Wilshire Boulevard is the site of an unprecedented relationship that Otis has with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Students take classes at the Midtown Studio, which is just one block away from the museum.  They are able to visit the museum weekly to study the LACMA collection and use it as a primary resource for their work.

The Senior Studios offer each student a private space to work in for the entirety of their senior year in the Fine Arts Program.

Areas of emphasis within the Painting Program include Drawing and Artists, Community and Teaching (ACT).

Learn more about degrees offered by Otis in our view book, open with Page Viewer or Download (PDF).