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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Ways to Give

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Institutional Advancement implements advancement goals and objectives in the context of the College-wide strategic plan. This includes fundraising (major donors, foundations, and corporations), alumni, communications, and special events.

Online Donation

Specify your gift using our online giving form.


You may also mail a check to:

Otis College of Art and Design / Institutional Advancement

1700 East Walnut Avenue, Suite 650, El Segundo, CA 90245


Amazon Smile Program

Otis College participates in the AmazonSmile program.  - a program that allows a percentage of your qualified Amazon purchases to be donated directly to the O-Fund! You can get started by following these easy steps:

  • Go to AmazonSmile
  • Select "Otis College of Art and Design" to support Otis while you shop
  • Bookmark AmazonSmile to make future shopping a piece of cake

Your support of the O-Fund directly assists students in the form of campus improvements, program support, and scholarships.  (Eligible purchases as marked)


Other Ways to Give

Cash Gifts

Cash Gifts — Cash gifts are the simplest and easiest gift you can make. Gifts can be made through our online giving form, outright cash, personal checks, cashier's checks or money orders or over the phone (310-665-6869).

Ofund— Gifts made to the O-Fund by alumni, parents, and friends are unrestricted and are the foundation of all giving to Otis. Unrestricted money is used where it is needed the most. Currently, the needs are greatest in student scholarships, campus improvements, and upgraded technology in labs and classrooms.

Matching Gift Program — An easy way to double or triple your donation to Otis is to check with your employer. Many corporations match their employees charitable gifts. Matching gift programs provide Otis with "free money" from your employer. Contact us at ia@otis.edu to find out if your company is a matching gift entity.

Securities, Stocks, Bonds

Securities, Stocks, and Bonds — These can provide considerable tax advantages when transferred to Otis before they are sold.

Gifts of Stock — Gifts of stock are a great way for an individual to avoid financial implications from capital gains tax. You can make a gift of stock  Details (PDF)

New Charitable IRA Legislation —  Make a tax-free gift from your IRA! Individuals aged 70 1/2 or older with individual retirement accounts can make outright gifts  without tax complications. Details (PDF)

Planned Gifts

Legacy Society — The Otis Legacy Society honors the generosity of individuals who have included Otis in their estate plans. Making a planned gift creates a lasting legacy.

Real Estate — Personal residences, second homes, income property and vacant land. There are considerable tax advantages to these gifts.