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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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Fine Arts

Contemporary artists use their talent, imagination, and skill to create works of art that add beauty and richness to the world. They produce work for a vast global network of museums, commercial art galleries, publicly funded arts organizations, and artist-run spaces. Taught by a faculty of active professional artists, A Fine Arts student can choose one of three curricular areas of emphasis, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture/New Genres. The curriculum and requirements to graduate vary for each area.  Please visit the respective area for course descriptions and graduation requirements.

 

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.

Photography

Students gain technical and conceptual skills to analyze and make photographic works of art while focusing on a medium with a wide presence in popular culture. Students learn analog and digital approaches to the medium.

Sculpture/New Genres

Students learn to create three-dimensional and time-based works of art. This very broad area allows students to explore the traditional forms of sculpture as well as the contemporary genres of installation, performance, video, and film.

Minors

Fine Arts students have the opportunity to extend and complement their studies by pursuing a minor in another department. View the list of minors here.

Area of Emphasis

Students may choose to focus on a particular medium within the Painting, Photography and Sculpture/New Genres Areas of Emphasis.  Focus opportunities include DrawingEditorial/Fashion Photography, and Film/Video.

Internships

As juniors, Fine Arts students are encouraged to do an internship.  They may either take the Public Engagement/Internship course offered in the department or pursue other opportunitites through the Center for Creative Professions.

Travel Study

Also during the junior year, students may choose to participate in the Travel Study and Exchange Program.  Art in Context: New York is a course taught by fine arts faculty where students experience first-hand historical and contemporary aspects of the New York art world.

Meet the People

Meg Cranston, Chair
Alex Slade, Asst Chair
Scott Grieger, Program Director of Painting
Soo Kim, Program Director of Photography
Jacci den Hartog, Program Director of Sculpture/New Genres

 

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By Phone: (310) 665-6890

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