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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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Foundation

What you learn will serve you for a lifetime

During your first year, known as Foundation, you will experience an immersive program that promotes your success in college. Through inspiring studio and Liberal Arts and Sciences courses, you will acquire skills that are fundamental to all visual arts and the construction of meaning.

As adept, well-informed makers, you will examine new ideas, learn new ways of thinking, and ask new questions that will enhance your creativity, expression, and innovation. Visual and idea-oriented research will support your pictorial and 3-D compositions. Collaborative experiences in a learning community will ignite a spirit of investigation that will propel your education and practice. Frequent workshop demonstrations will help you to realize ideas you never knew you had. Close dialogue with faculty members will allow you to visually resolve your work, and discover working methods that will carry you into a major, serve you through college, and last a lifetime.

Foundation Forward This spring event helps you select a program of study. You may elect to pursue a Minor by entering one program of study and taking a number of elective courses outside that program.

Paris Trip Each spring break, a group of Foundation students travel to Paris for nine days to view art and design in an extraordinary urban environment. 


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By the end of the Foundation Year, students will have acquired these skills and concepts:

Fundamental Skills

  Mindful making and improving of work by manipulation of art and design media.
Thinking Skills   The ability to distinguish between and use rational, intuitive, and critical thinking processes, and to construct meaning using visual information.
Visual Quality   The ability to identify visual strengths and weaknesses to promote aesthetic resolution and clarity of intention.
Professionalism  

Strategies for success such as attentiveness, time-management skills, and the ability to commit to a personal vision in the endeavor of art making.

Quantitative Skills  

The ability to use sound principles of proportion to measure, calculate, and transfer dimensions of the observed and built world.

Inventiveness and Spirit of Investigation    

The ability to develop problem solving skills utilizing visual and idea oriented research, the spirit of play, and the sequential application of process.

Awareness of Social Responsibility   An awareness of the social and environmental impact of art and design.

 

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