Events
  • Solmaz Sharif

    Mar 01| Lectures
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    Solmaz Sharif’s first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press and is a 2016 National Book Award finalist. Her poetry has appeared in the New Republic, Granta, Poetry, and other journals. Her first collection, Look, was recently published by Graywolf Press. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Richard Shelton Director of Creative Action an Integrated Learning Program, Otis College of Art and Design. For the past twenty years, Rich has been active working with community organizations such as: Junior Blind, The Republic of Palau, Homeboy Industries, Urban Compass in Watts, The Getty, Los Angeles Poverty Department, the Minnesota State and Federal Correction Facilities; Film in the Cities (video in the schools, animation with non-verbal students, conducting video workshops on Cass Lake/Leech Lake Ban of Ojibwe Native American Reservation); Open Arms; and Upward Bound.

  • Join us on Thursday, March 2nd for an evening of conversation and exploration! Connect with fellow alumni, see friends, tour our new buildings, and meet President Ferguson at this Alumni Night reception. It will be a casual and fun evening and we hope you can join us. 

    The evening includes:

    A beer and wine reception 

    Introduction of the new Director of Alumni Relations Phil Scanlon

    Campus tour and Visits to the Anna Craycroft exhibit at the Ben Maltz Gallery and Millard Sheets Library

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  • Brendan Folwer was born 1978, Berkeley, California and lives and works in Los Angeles. His solo exhibitions include New Portraits (2017), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, Portraits (2016), Mathew, New York and New Pictures, Six Sampler Works, and Benches (2015), Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles.

  • LISTEN: Hands-on show and tell of artists' books that emphasize the aural and other perceptual elements of the book as object. Come hear the history of the Artists Book Collection, highlights, and stories behind the books selected in conjunction with the Tuning the Room exhibition. Presented by Cathy Chambers, Assistant Director, Millard Sheets Library.

  • Paul Lisicky

    Mar 08| Lectures
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    Paul Lisicky’s memoirs include The Narrow Door, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and Famous Builder. He is the author of a collection of short prose entitled Unbuilt Projects, and the novels The Burning House, and Lawnboy.

  • O-Space is a solo exhibition by artist Austyn de Lugo, who embraces the iconic, the tawdry, the flamboyant, and the dismissible as he considers the role of the image in identity formation, media narrative, and historical record.  On view at the Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, on March 9th, 2017. One Night Only!!

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How to Sponsor a J-Visa Scholar

The Center for International Education at Otis (CIE) in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE) which is a third party provider, will work with you in an effort to help procure you a J-Visa. Please review the step by step process below to view your role and responsibilities. Completed support documents, and Application for J-1 Exchange Visitor and Sponsorship Services listed in STEP 1 must be submitted to the Center for International Education, via email to Darren Grosch, dgrosch@otis.edu

 

DECISION PROCESS

  1. A prospective visiting scholar should send an application to the Department of office of their choice. 
  2. The application should include:(1) application letter, (2) academic vita, (3) research plan, (4) statement of faculty support needed, and (5) potential benefits to the department and/or the college.
  3. Department Chair will review application and render a decision.
  4. Department Chair may set up a committee to review application and provide her/him with more information.
  5. Department Chair will submit a DS-2019 Request form to the Center for International Education for final approval
  6. No application will be approved unless a department member is willing to sponsor the visiting scholar. 
  7. Departments normally supports one visiting scholar at a time.

 

STEP 1: Application & Supporting Documents

The visiting scholar will work with the sponsoring Otis Department and complete the IIE Application for J-1 Exchange Visitor and Sponsorship Services, download HERE.

In addition to this application, the sponsoring sponsoring department will also need to submit:

  • A letter detailing the "Exchange Activities"
  • An "English Language Verification Letter"
  • A letter detailing the "Selection Process"

 

In addition to the application, and letters of support from the sponsoring department (the Visiting Scholar) must also submit the following documents in English:

  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Document of Highest Degree
  • Passport Data
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Letter of "Motivation"

 

TO VIEW ADDITIONAL STEPS THAT THE VISITING SCHOLAR MUST TAKE TO PROCURE A J-1 VISA CLICK HERE

 

SPONSORING DEPARTMENTS MUST INFORM SCHOLARS ABOUT

  • Correspond with potential Visiting Scholar regarding appointment, clarifying expectations regarding work space, staff support, faculty availability and cooperation, and benefits.
  • Note that Federal regulations require all J visa holders to have health insurance coverage for themselves and their families at the following minimum level of coverage:
  • Upon arrival the scholar may need help with transportation, housing or banking. Please arrange within the department for assistance in these matters before the scholar's arrival.
  • If there are any changes in the scholar's situation, including significant changes in job duties, transfer to another institution, or leaving Otis College, please notify the Center for International Education to obtain pre-authorization as soon as possible.
  • If the department intends to extend the scholar's appointment, please contact the Center for International Education three months before the expiration on the scholar's DS-2019, for assistance with the extension process.
  • Submit a mid-year and year-end report describing the success (or lack of success) of the exchange program to the Center for International Education.
  • Submit departure information and a final report form when the exchange program is completed to the Center for International Education. For programs of less than 3 months only the final report is required.
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