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    SCREENING AND CONVERSATION with Margaret Prescod, Founder, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders and host of “Sojourner Truth” on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK.
    Nana Gyamfi, Lawyer-Black Lives Matter, Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Oliver Payne, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Kimberli Meyer trained as an architect and an artist, and has been the director of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in West Hollywood since 2002. She has initiated and curated many programs there, including the exhibitions How Many Billboards?

  • Industry Spotlight

    Oct 15| Special Event

    An advertising creative director for more than 25 years, Otis alumnus Josh Weltman was the Mad Men co-producer responsible for Don Draper's credibility as an advertising genius.


    Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit series, plus hear key insights from Weltman's new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You're Selling.


    October 15, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Yutaka Makino. He lives and works in Berlin.  Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • 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.

  • Joe Sola (‘99)’s work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Hammer Museum, The Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Andy Warhol Museum  and Kunsthaus Gras, Austria, Museum of Modern Art Jean-Duc, Luxembourg. Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.  His performances have taken place at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, MOT International in London, 356 Mission Rd, Los Angeles.


Legacy Society

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The Otis Legacy Society honors the generosity of individuals who have included Otis College of Art and Design in their estate plans.

You can create a lasting legacy by helping to ensure the future of Otis for generations to come. We invite you to join with other dedicated philanthropists in enjoying the benefits of the Otis Legacy Society. 


Planned giving opportunities:

  • Bequest provision in your will or revocable trust
    With a bequest provision naming Otis College of Art and Design as a beneficiary in your will or revocable trust, you may designate a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or the remainder of your estate after other bequests are honored. A will provision allows you to make a substantial contribution without diminishing the assets available to you during your lifetime.
  • Qualified Retirement Plans

    Naming Otis College of Art and Design as a beneficiary of your qualified retirement plan may be particularly advantageous.

    Current distributions from qualified retirement plans are reported as taxable income. In addition, distributions from these retirement plans at the death of the account-holder can be subject to estate taxes. In some cases, these income and estate taxes can claim as much as 70 cents from every dollar of the plan�s balance left for your heirs (excluding your spouse).

    By naming Otis as the beneficiary of the remainder of your retirement plan, the total balance would become available for the College's use, avoiding income and estate taxes.

  • Charitable Lead Trust
    Setting up lead trust results in significant estate tax savings. You can transfer assets to a trustee, such as your financial institution* so that an annual sum is paid to Otis each year. When the trust terminates, the assets in the trust revert to the named beneficiaries
  • Life Insurance
    A gift of life insurance can allow you to leave a significant gift to Otis at a very small net cost to yourself and your heirs. You can donate a fully-paid policy, which is removed from your taxable estate or purchase a policy with
  • Otis as the beneficiary.
  • Real Estate
    A retained life estate allows you to gift your home to Otis, take an immediate income tax charitable deduction for a portion of the appraised value, and continue to live in your home for life. You remain responsible for all taxes and upkeep. At the end of the life estate, Otis would use the proceeds of the sale of the property to benefit the area of Otis you care about most.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
    A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) is an attractive method to achieve a variety of goals while providing income for life. After your lifetime, the property that remains in the trust will benefit Otis.
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
    A Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to make an irrevocable gift to Otis so that you or a designated beneficiary receive a fixed income for life plus an IRS calculated immediate charitable deduction for income tax purposes. At the death of the last income beneficiary, Otis receives the principal to use in accordance with the terms of your gift.
  • Deferred Income Charitable Gift Annuity
    Income payments begin on a predetermined future date with a deferred annuity. This deferral results in higher income payments for the beneficiary(ies) and a higher tax deduction, as compared with a gift annuity that has an immediate payment.


This information should not be construed as legal advice or instruction. These examples are intended merely to illustrate possibilities. We encourage you to speak with your attorney or financial advisor about your options.

For further information about how you may benefit from making a bequest or other planned gift to Otis College of Art and Design, contact Rebecca Cunningham, at 310-665-6869 or rcunningham@otis.edu Or give now online .