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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
  • Join Otis’ new President Bruce W. Ferguson and new Director of Galleries and Exhibitions Kate McNamara at a special reception for alumni and friends at the historic National Arts Club.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015
    7:00 – 9:00 pm

    National Arts Club
    15 Gramercy Park South
    New York, NY 10003
    Business Casual attire is required by the National Arts Club
    For dress code information, visit: www.nationalartsclub.org (under About Us/FAQs)

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Adam Linder is a choreographer based between Berlin and Los Angeles, working both in theatre and visual art contexts. He has been developing a dance based  format he calls Choreographic Services since 2013. This aspect of his work is focused on underscoring real time and economic conditions that are integral to the discipline of  choreography. At Otis Linder will introduce this format both conceptually and practically, discussing why 'servicing' is the relevant way for his work to publicly engage.  

  • 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


Health Insurance

The U.S. Government regulations governing J-1 visa status require health insurance coverage for the J-1 and each J-2 dependent. This coverage must be in effect during the period of time you remain in the U.S., and must meet the minimum requirements.  Health insurance in the United States is primarily a private industry with a variety of options for coverage and cost. The Department of State has established minimum requirements for insurance that are designed to protect the exchange visitor and his/her family.


Insurance Requirements

Sponsors shall require each exchange visitor to have insurance in effect which covers the J visitor for sickness or accident during the period of time that you remain in the U.S.  The insurance policy must meet the following requirements:

  1. medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness;
  2. repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500;
  3. expenses associated with medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000; and
  4. a deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.


An insurance policy secured to fulfill the requirements above may require a waiting period for pre-existing conditions which is reasonable as determined by current industry standards and may include provision for co-insurance under the terms of which the visiting scholar may be required to pay up to 25 percent of the covered benefits per accident or illness.


The policy must be underwritten by an insurance corporation having

  • an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or have;
  • an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-" or above;
  • a Standard & Poor's Claims-paying Ability rating of "A-" or above
  • a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above.


It is your responsibility to confirm with the insurance company that they meet these criteria.  As an alternative to the above ratings, the insurance coverage must be backed by the full faith and credit of your home country government.


There are many health insurance companies in the U.S. that provide adequate health insurance for international visitors. Below are examples of health insurance companies that offer policies tailored to the needs and requirements for international scholars and visiting students. Otis College of Art and Design does not endorse any particular policy and we encourage international scholars to research the best policy for themselves and their families.


Additional health insurance information is available through the following insurance brokers:

•    Compass Benefits Group or call 800-767-0169
•    The Harbour Group or 800-252-8160
•    HTH Worldwide or 888-243-2358
•    Renaissance Agencies, Inc. or call 800-537-1777
•    Barney & Barney or call (510) 466-6030
•    Wallach & Company, Inc. or 800-237-6615