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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
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


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 .