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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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About Otis
Otis prepares diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, their skill, and their vision.

At Otis we promote excellence, innovation, and rigor in education within a caring, collaborative environment. Students are encouraged to be individualistic, passionate, and joyful in their approach to art and design.

As Los Angeles’ first independent professional school of art and design, Otis College is located on the west side of Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California’s creative community. The nearby coastal communities of Venice, Marina del Rey, and Santa Monica are home to many of Los Angeles’ most important art and design studios, as well as headquarters for many leading film, digital imaging, and toy companies.

Admissions Welcomes You...
Throughout your Otis experience, the Admissions office is available to answer questions about Otis and applying to a college of art and design. All Summer of Art students are invited to drop in any weekday at 4:00pm to speak with an Admissions Counselor and receive an informal portfolio review.

Otis BFA Scholarship Award

One accepted Otis undergraduate applicant who completes the Summer of Art program with outstanding artistic and academic achievement and meets the Otis GPA requirement will be selected to receive an $80,000 scholarship award towards tuition for Otis College of Art and Design, to be paid out over the course of four years.

“It’s a great place to grow and make art! People here want to make work. Students and teachers drive me to develop ideas and process them.” -- Alexa Nakumura, Recipient of the 2014 inaugural Otis Summer of Art Alumni BFA Scholarship Award

Facilities
Main Campus
All courses, with the exception of Fashion Design, are held at the Otis’ Elaine and Bram Goldsmith main campus.

Fashion Campus
Fashion students travel by courtesy shuttle to Otis’ campus at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles three days per week.

Access to the following labs is determined based on specific Summer of Art Specialization Courses:

Computer Center with the latest Mac OS and Windows workstations including large format scanners, digital projectors, and wide-format color printers

Frederick Monhoff Printing Lab

Letterpress Studio

Photography Lab and Lighting Studio

Video Lab

Wood, Model, and Metal Shops

All students have access to:

Abe and Helen Bolsky Gallery
Exhibits include student work

Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibits include local and international artists

Café
The café provides a diverse menu that includes hot entrées, salads, and snacks. The campus is within easy walking distance of a variety of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores.

Millard Sheets Library
The library houses approximately 40,000 volumes, including books, exhibition catalogs, and DVDs, and maintains over 150 current periodical subscriptions, mostly in areas of Visual Arts. Summer of Art students may use the library, but are not eligible to check out materials.