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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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Graduate Public Practice Course

Second Year Studio Electives

 

Studio production electives are determined in consultation with the Chair in order to build specific skills for the student’s final project. These skills might include: photography, video, installation, landscape design, computer web design, etc. These courses (a minimum of 11 units overall) will be available each semester and will be sited in appropriate design or fine arts production labs. A student is expected to create a comprehensive skills learning plan with a convincing rationale, rather than make ad hoc skills course selections.

Pedagogy Practicum

Experience in teaching is required, before or during the Program. Students are offered opportunities to assist teach in Otis’ undergraduate and other programs. In this seminar, students reflect on the relationship between teaching, public pedagogy, and their own practices. This requirement takes the form of a multiple-session “insert” into the Production Studio III course.

Field Internship

PUBP790   2-10 credits

Over the course of their study at Otis, students will select an internship with a professional artist working in public practice. This seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on learning and share with other students through presentations.

Thesis I/II

 

Thesis I

LIBS784   3 credits

Public Realm Seminar II

Theory perspectives on working in public, topics in art criticism, interdisciplinary topics regarding art/anthropology, civic policy, urbanism, etc. These are a changing set of topics determined by interest and relevance to their critical repertoire.

Thesis Review/Exhibition

Over the course of the final semester students must pass periodic reviews by faculty, guest artists and a final critique that encompasses a review of all their work.

Production Studio III/IV

 

Production Studio III: Implement and Critique

PUBP700    6 credits

This series of four studios over two years forms the core of the MFA Public Practice program and is where the student’s Final Project is created. In the second year we expect intensive, phased production on a project of student’s interest. In the third Production Studio, students will implement their plan and begin a critique process within their community. During this semester individual studio visits will focus on production critique.

 

First Year Studio Electives

Studio production electives are determined in consultation with the Chair in order to build specific skills for the student’s final project. These skills might include: photography, video, installation, landscape design, computer web design, etc. These courses (a minimum of 11 units overall) will be available each semester and will be sited in appropriate design or fine arts production labs. A student is expected to create a comprehensive skills learning plan with a convincing rationale, rather than make ad hoc skills course selections.

General Electives

Field Methodologies for Artists

 

Seminar on research and other career/professional methodologies for artists. This seminar will feature discussions, readings, presentations by visitors and field trips. This is a companion course to Production Studio II.

Case Studies

 

This course features an overview of collaborative and public practices based on either geographic location (in Los Angeles or elsewhere) or on relevant themes, such as eco-art or community-based art. Focusing on specific examples from public practices, students will learn how to analyze results, deconstructing both practice and theory, using social science or other relevant matrices to assess effectiveness and impact of the work in the public sphere. The development of an individual model (Case Study) of one’s work sets the stage for the Thesis courses in the following year.

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