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  • Sitting in Sound

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    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
     
  • Opening Reception

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    L: Nora Slade, Kate Mouse Mickey Moss, 2014, Photo transfer and fabric paint on sweatshirt, cardboard and found objects. R: Marisa Takal, I Love My Sister, 2016, Oil on canvas, 65 x 50 inches.

    Opening Reception for the two-person exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artists Nora Slade and Marisa Takal

    Light snacks and refreshments.

    Exhibition on view July 15 - August 19, 2017.

    Bolsky Gallery located across from Ben Maltz Gallery, ground floor, Galef Center for Fine Arts.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Image: BijaRi, On the rooftops of Santa Domingo-Savio neighborhood as part of the project Contando con Nosotros, 2011

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

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MFA Fine Arts Curriculum

Show All First Year Course Descriptions
Fall - First Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Special Topics in Art History AHCS575A 2
Special Topics in Art History

This two-semester course sequence focuses on the history of modern and contemporary art. Starting in the 1880s with the advent of Modernism, students in the first semester investigate the movements and artists active up to the late 1950s and Abstract Expressionism. The second semester starts in the 1960s with the development of Conceptualism and POP Art and proceeds to the present. Projects around the utilization of historic precedents are a part of this course.

Graduate Critique GRAD610 3
Graduate Critique

Part of the two year course sequence GRAD610 / GRAD611 / GRAD710 / GRAD711.

In this two-year course sequence, all graduate students, regardless of media, discuss common issues of studio practice. The course provides an in-depth discussion and investigation of how an artist’s work is perceived as a public statement, and how one’s work exists in the world.

Graduate Studio I GRAD620 4
Graduate Studio I

Part of the course sequence GRAD620 / GRAD621 / GRAD720 / GRAD721.

This two-year course sequence focuses on each individual student’s practice, specifically directed toward aesthetic and technical issues arising out of their work. Students meet with a number of individual instructors on an independent basis, as they have work or issues prepared for discussion.

Critical Theory and Practice I LIBS650 3
Critical Theory and Practice I

The in-depth examination of a critical or theoretical text focuses on contemporary issues in art, philosophy, politics, or criticism.

Electives * 3
Electives

Please see your department for available electives.

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Spring - First Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Special Topics in Art History AHCS575A 2
Special Topics in Art History

This two-semester course sequence focuses on the history of modern and contemporary art. Starting in the 1880s with the advent of Modernism, students in the first semester investigate the movements and artists active up to the late 1950s and Abstract Expressionism. The second semester starts in the 1960s with the development of Conceptualism and POP Art and proceeds to the present. Projects around the utilization of historic precedents are a part of this course.

Graduate Critique GRAD611 3
Graduate Critique

Part of the two year course sequence GRAD610 / GRAD611 / GRAD710 / GRAD711.

In this two-year course sequence, all graduate students, regardless of media, discuss common issues of studio practice. The course provides an in-depth discussion and investigation of how an artist’s work is perceived as a public statement, and how one’s work exists in the world.

Graduate Studio II GRAD621 4
Graduate Studio II

Part of the course sequence GRAD620 / GRAD621 / GRAD720 / GRAD721.

This two-year course sequence focuses on each individual student’s practice, specifically directed toward aesthetic and technical issues arising out of their work. Students meet with a number of individual instructors on an independent basis, as they have work or issues prepared for discussion.

Critical Theory and Practice II LIBS651 3
Critical Theory and Practice II

The in-depth examination of a critical or theoretical text focuses on contemporary issues in art, philosophy, politics, or criticism.

Electives * 3
Electives

Please see your department for available electives.

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Show All Second Year Course Descriptions
Fall - Second Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Special Topics AHCS575 2
Special Topics

Please see your department for details.

Graduate Critique GRAD710 3
Graduate Critique

Part of the two year course sequence GRAD610 / GRAD611 / GRAD710 / GRAD711.

In this two-year course sequence, all graduate students, regardless of media, discuss common issues of studio practice. The course provides an in-depth discussion and investigation of how an artist’s work is perceived as a public statement, and how one’s work exists in the world.

Graduate Studio III GRAD720 4
Graduate Studio III

Part of the course sequence GRAD620 / GRAD621 / GRAD720 / GRAD721.

This two-year course sequence focuses on each individual student’s practice, specifically directed toward aesthetic and technical issues arising out of their work. Students meet with a number of individual instructors on an independent basis, as they have work or issues prepared for discussion.

Professional Practices GRAD774 1
Professional Practices

A seminar in which the intricacies, idiosyncrasies, and responsibilities of the professional artist are discussed and deconstructed. (Fall semester).

Thesis I LIBS774 3
Thesis I

This course encourages and trains students to write a thesis about their own work through the development of the requisite critical writing skills that will serve them in the future when applying for grants as well as preparing them for the literary demands of an artist’s career.

Electives * 2
Electives

Please see your department for available electives.

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Spring - Second Year (Show All)
Course Course Number Credits
Special Topics AHCS575 2
Special Topics

Please see your department for details.

Graduate Critique GRAD711 3
Graduate Critique

Part of the two year course sequence GRAD610 / GRAD611 / GRAD710 / GRAD711.

In this two-year course sequence, all graduate students, regardless of media, discuss common issues of studio practice. The course provides an in-depth discussion and investigation of how an artist’s work is perceived as a public statement, and how one’s work exists in the world.

Graduate Studio IV GRAD721 4
Graduate Studio IV

Part of the course sequence GRAD620 / GRAD621 / GRAD720 / GRAD721.

This two-year course sequence focuses on each individual student’s practice, specifically directed toward aesthetic and technical issues arising out of their work. Students meet with a number of individual instructors on an independent basis, as they have work or issues prepared for discussion.

Exhibition Preparation GRAD775 1
Exhibition Preparation

Each student in the final year works on the organization, planning, and installation of MFA exhibitions. The course focuses on exhibition psychology, design, and documentation. Additionally, the professional practices needed for well-planned entry into the art world are discussed. (Spring semester).

Thesis II LIBS775 3
Thesis II

This course encourages and trains students to write a thesis about their own work through the development of the requisite critical writing skills that will serve them in the future when applying for grants as well as preparing them for the literary demands of an artist’s career.

Electives * 2
Electives

Please see your department for available electives.

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* In addition to Independent Studies, electives may be taken from the offerings of Fine Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and other departments with department approval.


The curriculum displayed is meant to provide an overview of the current semester’s offerings in this department; it does not represent all degree requirements for the Major or Area of Emphasis. These can be found in each student’s Course Catalog (identified by the year in which one would have entered the college as a Foundation student), which can be found here. If you have questions regarding your specific curricular requirements and/or Course Catalog, please contact Academic Advisement Coordinator Carrie Malcom at cmalcom@otis.edu or (310) 846-2550.