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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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Life Drawing

Associate Professor Gary Geraths on Drawing

Gary Geraths 
Associate Professor, Foundation
 
Geraths has been teaching drawing to first-year students for twenty years. More than 140,000 YouTube viewers have learned from his how-to videos.  He received a BFA (Drawing and Painting) from CSU Long Beach, and MFA (Drawing and Painting) from Claremont Graduate Univ. He works as a figurative draughtsman, representational painter, and courtroom artist, and as a consultant for clients such as Disney, Mattel, and Sony. He is the author/illustrator of Drawing Animals.
 

Foundation 2013 Life Drawing

One of the most challenging and compelling of all Western art traditions — drawing the human figure, is presented in this sequenced course. The figure is one of the most complex natural forms, and serves well as a model of nature itself in drawing. The curriculum provides instruction in gesture, structure, visual relationships, and mark-making using observation from a live model each week. Traditional methods of analytical figure drawing are taught — gesture, anatomy, measurement and transparency.