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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 Supply Kit

The Foundation Supply Kit (download here) is required of all Foundation students. Your Foundation Supply Kit provides many of the items you will use across several studio classes. The list has been compiled for efficiency — to help you buy supplies all at once, and for a preferred price.

Note: Please also see First Day Materials & Supplies for additional items you MUST bring to your first meeting of each class.

The supply kit is available at Graphaids, located at 3030 S. La Cienega Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232  Phone: 310-204-1212. Open Monday - Friday 8:00AM - 5:30PM, Saturday, 9AM-4PM.

For your convenience, Graphaids will be selling the kits on campus on August 24th, 25th, 31st, and Sept. 1st and 2nd.

The total cost of the Supply Kit, including tax, is $225.00.  List price for items purchased individually is substantially higher.  The kit is priced competitively.

 

Foundation Material and Supply Requirements in Addition to the Foundation Supply Kit

Your Foundation Supply Kit will provide many of the items you will use across several studio classes this year.  The list has been compiled for efficiency -- to help you buy supplies all at once, and for a preferred price.

The Foundation Supply Kit does not however constitute all of the tools, materials and/or supplies you will need throughout the year in Foundation.  On an ongoing basis, in each of your classes, various additional materials and supplies will be required.

It is estimated that on a monthly basis, you should plan for approximately $85.00 in expenses related to project requirements in your studio program.  Some months may require little or no new expense, while other months will require more than $85.00 in new expenses.

The best practice for maximizing your preparedness for success in studio classes and minimizing your expenses is to plan ahead, share materials and costs with classmates (when appropriate), shop in a group, and shop around for best prices and availability.

Your faculty will expect you to bring all materials and supplies to class when required.  Faculty will provide reasonable time and sufficient information for you when assigning any new material and/or supply requirements. 

You will also be required to purchase textbooks and course readers for many of your studio courses.  Readers will be available online from universityreaders.com after you have registered for classes. You must purchase your textbooks and readers and bring them to the first class session.  The approximate cost for textbooks and readers for first semester studio courses only is $100.  Additional textbooks and supplies will be required by your Liberal Studies courses.