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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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LIBS 440 capstone courses offer seniors the opportunity to reflect upon, discuss, critique and write about their experience in art and design in relation to general education, major fields, senior projects, vocational aspirations, and compelling questions in practice and community.  Thus, the capstone is a unique opportunity for students to reflect on their education: the expectations that they arrived with, the knowledge and skills gained and how these experiences have, can, and will shape their creativity. Through discussion and reflection, students identify articulate, research, write about, and discuss specific issues and concerns that they believe are the most critical in developing an understanding of and evaluating their college experience and its dynamic relation to themselves as artists and designers. A minimum grade of "C" (2.0) is required to pass this course.

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Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the issues that you think are most important in relation to your studio work and/or yourself as an artist or designer through discussion, personal reflection, research, and reflective writing.
  • Critically reflect on your educational experience at Otis, and its relationship and value to your development as an artist/designer/creator over the past four years.
  • Critically position yourself and your studio work within the larger expanse of the art/design world, your particular field, or conversations in academia/culture.
  • Utilize an electronic portfolio where you will post your reflections and your own work.
  • Demonstrate senior-level critical thinking, researching, and writing skills through an assignment that involves individual choice of topic, independent research, analysis and synthesis of information, and the ability to sustain a convincing argument in a paper of substantial length.
  • Refine your time management skills through assignments that require independent organization of time and effort.