• Sitting in Sound

    Jul 15| Special Event
    Jesse Fleming, A Theory of Everything, 2015, Installation view.
  • Opening Reception

    Jul 15| Special Event

    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).


Board of Trustees

Gail Buchalter (Chair)

Gail Buchalter

Gail Buchalter joined the Board in 2004. She is the widow of the late Chair, Stuart Buchalter. The Buchalter family has played an integral role in Otis since the early 1980s. Originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming, Gail received a BA from the University of Arizona. She is an interior designer who attended the New York School of Interior Design. Passionate about philanthropy and the arts, Gail currently serves on the boards of Today and Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’ Friends of Camp, and Junior Blind of America. She also serves on the MBA non-profit board of American Jewish University, and on the community grants board of the Jewish Community Foundation. “Design, talent, youth and creativity have always been part of my life and my life with Stuart. I am delighted to be a member of the Otis Board through which I am able to continue Stuart’s dream while making my own contributions to this remarkable College.”

Rodney Freeman (Vice Chair)

Rodney Freeman

A native of Los Angeles, Freeman attended the Architecture and Construction Management Program at L.A. Pierce College and furthered his studies at the Construction Management Program in the School of Engineering at California State University at Long Beach. He received his MBA at Pepperdine University, Malibu. Freeman continued his studies as a Wexner fellow. In addition to his degrees, Freeman holds a California State Contractors License. He has served as an arbitrator on multiple panels for the American Arbitration Association. Freeman also is a guest lecturer at UCLA’s Ziman Center for Real Estate.  [more...]

Bob McKnight (Vice Chair)

Bob McKnight

Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, serves on the Executive Committee. He joined the Otis Board in 2002 and has the distinction of being an Honoree at Otis’ 1999 Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show student and the parent of an Otis alumna. Bob graduated from USC with a BS in business administration, marketing and management. In 1976, he founded Quiksilver, Inc. and now serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Quiksilver, Inc. (NYSE: ZQK) is the world’s leading outdoor sports lifestyle company, which designs, produces and distributes a diversified mix of branded apparel, wintersports and golf equipment, footwear, accessories and related products. Quiksilver products are sold in over 90 countries in surf shops, ski shops, skateboard shops, snowboard shops, proprietary Boardriders Club shops, other specialty stores and select department stores.  [more...]

Lee Bartlett

Bio forthcoming.

Jennifer Bellah Maguire

Jennifer Bellah Maguire

Jennifer Bellah Maguire serves on Otis‘s Finance and Investment Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee. She is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s Los Angeles office and is co-chair to the firm‘s Investment Fund Group. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder, currently Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College, magna cum laude, and studied at Sorbonne University. She graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as an Associate Editor for the California Law Review. She speaks and writes French fluently and practiced in the firm‘s Paris office in the late ‘80s.  [more...]

Warren Breslow

Bio forthcoming.

Stephanie Cota

Stephanie Cota

As Mattel Brands’ Senior Vice President of Global Marketing for Barbie, Girls and Games, Stephanie Cota oversees the global direction of businesses including the world-famous Barbie brand and the Monster High franchise. In this position, she drives the portfolio holistically, leading strategy, branding and marketing across all product categories. Additionally, Cota leads an internal creative agency responsible for but not limited to television commercial production, print, retail merchandising, outdoor, events, and social media. During her 13-year tenure at Mattel, Cota has led with break-frame and headline-making successes. Her entrepreneurial spirit and outstanding leadership skills coupled with her track record of partnering with best-in-class names has resulted in top market share, and continued business growth year after year.  [more...]

Robert Feldman

Robert Feldman

Robert (Bob) Feldman is a retired corporate partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (WGM) specializing in real estate acquisition, development and bankruptcy and restructuring. Feldman’s practice has covered the full range of real estate assets: retail, office, multi-family, hotel and resorts, land and housing, tax exempt bonds, mixed use developments throughout the US, and cross border transactions with particular emphasis on transactions in Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. Feldman has represented financial institutions and developers in lending, restructuring and workouts, and was the principal counsel for several major developers and opportunity funds in major developments including Lehman Bros., Olympus Real Estate Fund, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Paine Webber Properties. In the non-real estate bankruptcy arena, he was the leader of a 25-lawyer team at WGM, representing the Chapter 11 Debtors’ estate of Enron Corporation in analyzing and negotiating settlements for the infamous off-balance sheet partnerships of Enron.  [more...]

Bruce W. Ferguson (Ex-Officio)

Bruce W. Ferguson

An accomplished author and curator of dozens of nationally and internationally noted exhibitions, Mr. Ferguson is the founding director and first curator of the nationally acclaimed SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico. He has curated for such eminent institutions as the Barbican Art Gallery in London, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Winnipeg and Vancouver art galleries in Canada. He has also organized exhibitions within the international biennales of Sao Paulo, Sydney, Venice, and Istanbul. Mr. Ferguson’s extensive academic leadership experience includes roles as Dean of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Founding Director of Arizona State University’s F.A.R. (Future Arts Research), and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Kansas City Art Institute in recognition of his leadership in the arts.

Frederick Fisher (Ex-Officio)

Frederick Fisher

Frederick Fisher is Chair of the Otis Board of Governors, and serves on the Educational Planning Committee and the Facilities Development Task Force. He has been involved with Otis since 1987 and joined the Board in 2003. His internationally acclaimed architecture firm, Frederick Fisher and Partners, designed the Galef Center for Fine Arts and Ben Maltz Gallery, and from 1988 through 1995, he served as Chairman of the Environmental Design Department. Fred won the 2008 Rome Prize in architecture from the American Academy in Rome and the 2013 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter.  [more...]

Bronya Pereira Galef (Chair Emerita)

Bronya Pereira Galef

Bronya Pereira Galef has been involved with Otis since the early 1980s, both as Chair Emerita and Chair, Board of Governors. She serves on the Executive Committee and the Academic, Student Life and Campus Planning Committee. Bronya spearheaded a $4 million Capital Campaign fundraising effort. Otis' Center for Fine Arts is named for Bronya and her husband Andy, the chairman, CEO, and president of The Spectrum Group, Inc. They also founded the nonprofit Galef Institute to strengthen public school art education, especially in disadvantaged communities. Bronya’s past affiliations include the Board of the Rand Institute's Educational Policy group; Board of Reprise; and Co-Chair of the California Department of Education's Visual and Performing Arts Task Force. She is a Patron Board member of the Comite International pour les Musees d'Art, and member of the Board of Overseers of the Hammer Museum. An art collector, professional photographer, and journalist, Bronya believes that the arts are an essential dimension of human experience that must be promoted equally across all socioeconomic strata.

Bryant Garth


Bryant Garth joined the Board in 2013. He is currently Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the UC Irvine, He served as Dean, Southwestern Law School (2005-2012), Director, American Bar Foundation (1999-2004), and Dean, Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law (1986-90). His scholarship focuses on the legal profession, the sociology of law, and globalization. Two of his books co-authored with Yves Dezalay, Dealing in Virtue (1996) and Asian Legal Revivals (2010), were given the Herbert Jacobs Award from the Law and Society Association as the best books in the field of Law and Society. He is on the Executive Coordinating Committee of the "After the J.D." project, the first longitudinal study of the legal profession; co-edits the Journal of Legal Education; and chairs the advisory committee of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). He is involved in philanthropy focusing on education with the Harle Garth Montgomery Foundation, of which he is President.

Elaine Goldsmith (Chair Emerita)

Elaine Goldsmith

Elaine Goldsmith is an accomplished sculptor who chaired the Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1998, and has helped guide every major development of the College during the past four decades. First appointed to the Board of Governors in 1973, Elaine has recruited many other leaders to the Board and volunteer committees, and consistently plays a major role in organizing the annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show. She has also solicited many of the gifts from donors whose names appear on Otis studios and classrooms. She is a Chair Emerita, and serves on the Executive and Board Affairs Committees. In appreciation of Elaine’s outstanding service, the College named its five-acre Westchester campus after her and her husband, Bram, who is Chairman of the Board of City National Corporation. The Goldsmiths are active in a wide range of community and charitable organizations, including the United Jewish Fund, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, the Music Center’s Blue Ribbon Group, and the Hillcrest Country Club.

Kirk Hyde

Kirk Hyde

Kirk R. Hyde joined the Otis Board of Trustees in 2012 and is the parent of an Otis alumna and a BFA student. He graduated from USC with a BS in Business and a minor in Graphic Art. Presently, he serves as General Partner for KPC Limited Partnership, Hyde Family Partnership, and Hyde Properties, a timber management company based in Washington State. From 1975 to 1996, Kirk was President and CEO of Kirk Plastic Company, a manufacturer of high value plastic transaction cards and a card personalization bureau. He also served as President and CEO of Oberthur Card Systems USA, headquartered in Paris. Kirk has been a Board member of the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region since 1999, having previously served as Chairman, Treasurer, and as a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee. From 2004 to 2011, Kirk also served as a Board member of Goodwill Southern California and co-chaired Goodwill’s capital campaign from 2010-11.

Thomas R. Miller (Chair Emeritus)

Thomas Miller

Thom Miller is Executive Vice President of Marketing, and is responsible for marketing, communications and corporate strategic development at City National Bank. He is a member of the company’s Executive Committee and reports to Chief Executive Officer Russell Goldsmith. During his more than 30 years in marketing and advertising, he has helped position some of the world’s premier brands for companies like Ford Motor Company, Procter & Gamble, Mattel, RJR Nabisco, The Pillsbury Company, Sunkist and Universal Studios. His extensive experience ranges from product branding and strategic development to national political marketing and executive-level corporate management.  [more...]

Mei-Lee Ney

Mei-Lee Ney

Mei-Lee Ney joined the Board of Trustees in 2014 and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee. She is the president of Richard Ney & Associates, Asset Management, Inc., an investment management firm which she joined in 1973. She was the business partner and wife of Richard Ney, author of three books on the stock market: “The Wall Street Jungle,” “The Wall Street Gang” and Making It in the Market,” the last two of which she edited. She was co-writer and editor of “The Ney Report,” an investment newsletter, 1976 to 1999. Mei-Lee also serves on the USC Davis School of Gerontology Board of Councilors and the Board of the California/International Arts Foundation. She is active in community and arts organizations, including the Music Center, the L.A. Opera, the USC Pacific Asia Museum, Caltech Associates, and the Huntington Library; and is a member of the Valley Hunt Club and The Town Club. Mei-Lee believes the arts humanize us through their universal language.

Kent Twitchell (MFA ’77), Artist Seat (Ex-Officio)

Bio forthcoming.

Diane Ziering

Diane Ziering

Diane Delpit Ziering joined the Otis Board of Trustees in 2012, and serves the Educational Planning and Institutional Advancement Committees. She earned a BA from UCLA in Political Science with a minor in Art History, and a JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Although the legal field was an interesting profession, raising a family shifted her attention toward charitable causes that can better the standard of living for people of all ages and backgrounds.  [more...]


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