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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event

    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.


  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures

    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.


  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.



European Travel Agency Procedure

*links marked in asterisks need to be updated*




Person booking college trips contacts European Travel (Travel Agent) and provides them the intended travel information via Traveler Information form. The Traveler Information Form must be faxed to 818-748-2238. The Travel Agent prepares the proper itinerary and quotes and submits it to the individual (within three hours) in charge for final approval. The individual booking the trip (Booking Agent) must sign the quote and fax back it back to the Travel Agent.

Flight information needed:
  • Dates and times of travel
  • Full legal name (appears on government issued identification, passport required for all international travel).
  • Travelers’ date of birth and gender.
  • Travelers’ frequent flyer number if applicable
  • Seating preference (aisle or window seat)
  • Email for confirmation of ticket

Hotel Accommodations:

The Booking Agent contacts the Travel Agent and provides them information contained on the Travel Information form. The Travel Agent prepares the proper itinerary quotes and submits it to the Booking Agent. The Booking Agent must sign the quote and fax back it back to the Travel Agent.

Information needed before bookings:
  • Date/time and departure
  • Full name of traveler
  • Specific vicinity

(When attending a conference or special event, special hotel pricing may be available under a special convention or event rate. In this situation, there will be no charge to make the necessary reservations).

Other Services:
  • The Travel Agent has the ability to print train tickets in office. There is usually a $20.00 flat fee per person for issuing train tickets regardless of number of tickets or journeys.
  • Car rental reservations are available to be booked by the Travel Agent (if necessary). Car rentals may be booked with published fares that are payable to the car rental company or booked under European Travel’s contracted pricing, which allows for greater discounts, if applicable. Renters MUST have their own credit card when picking up the rental car.

Changes/Cancelations and Penalty:

After a flight has been booked, there may be an instance when a traveler must change or cancel a reservation. The following schedule will typically apply for reservation changes and cancellations:

  • Domestic tickets normally have a $150.00 per change penalty plus any fare difference if one applies.
  • International tickets normally have a $250.00 per change penalty plus any fare difference if one applies.
  • Hotel reservations typically have a cut off by when you are able to cancel/change a room without penalty. A cancellation/change deadline varies.
  • Domestic tickets are normally non-refundable. A majority of airlines will provide credit with the airline for up to one year from the date the ticket was originally issued.
  • International tickets are normally non-refundable. A majority of airlines will provide credit with the airline for up to one year form the date the ticket was originally issued.
  • The Travel Agent has agreements with over 80 airlines that travel internationally. Some of these airlines allow for a passenger to cancel a ticket and obtain a refund, less a cancellation fee. Typically that cancellation fee consists of $300.00.

Emergency Notification Contacts:

If you run into problems with your travel arrangements contact the Travel Agent.  The Travel Agent team members can be reached by calling:

Chris Balciyan (818) 842-7500 X-106 (during office hours) or (818) 406-7648 (after hours)

Linda Ciilingirian (818) 842-7500 X-109

Von Missirian (818) 842-7500 X-108

European Travel office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

If you are unable to reach Otis’s Travel Agent call the Director of Purchasing at 310-735-3154.