• Lecture presented by Kata McNamara. From contemporary art museums to independent project spaces to college art galleries, Otis College Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Kate McNamara, will discuss her dedicated engagement with alternative and not-for-profit art spaces and the vital role these kinds of institutions play in today’s contemporary art world.

  • Open Studios

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Open Studios: L.A. Summer Residency

    The artists and designers of the first-ever L.A. Summer Residency invite you to their open studio event! The public can join family and friends as they tour the studios and view all of the incredible work produced during the past three weeks. A closing reception will follow from 4-5:30pm.

    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

  • Closing Reception

    Jun 23| Special Event

    Closing Reception: L.A. Summer Residency


    The L.A. Summer Residency at Otis College of Art and Design offers an opportunity for artists and designers to work side-by-side in an immersive three-week residency within the vibrant art and design community of Los Angeles.

    More information about the L.A. Summer Residency Program.


    Join us for the closing reception of Otis College’s first residency. 

    Friday, June 23, 2017  

    The Forum | 4:00 PM

  • 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


Preferred Pronoun Policy

Policy on Preferred Gender Pronouns

Effective August 1, 2016

Otis College of Art and Design is committed to fostering an inclusive campus that values self-expression and respect for the variety of communities it serves. The College recognizes that each of our students, faculty and staff may choose either a binary (him/her) or non-binary gender pronoun.  Therefore, the Otis College community is committed to respecting chosen preferred gender pronouns (PGPs).  As a community, we understand that changes to traditions and habits take time and practice.  We strive to patiently work together to respect and use preferred gender pronouns at Otis College.

In addition, some students, faculty and staff may choose to use a preferred first name (see Preferred First Name Policy).



This guide serves as an educational resource for the entire community so that we can continue to be an inclusive and sensitive campus.

What is a preferred gender pronoun (PGP)?

A preferred gender pronoun, or PGP, is simply the pronoun or set of pronouns that an individual would like others to use when talking to or about them. We all have preferred gender pronouns that we feel best represent us.

What are some currently used English pronouns?


She, her, hers and he, him, his are common gender pronouns in English. These particular pronouns are binary. Some of us feel comfortable with the binary pronouns assigned to us at birth.  Others of us identify with a gender that is different than the one assigned at birth and may choose a different pronoun accordingly.  Binary pronouns may not accurately represent the gender identity of some individuals, including  gender nonconforming individuals.

Many individuals use the following non-binary pronouns instead:


They, them, theirs.

(yes, “they” can be used in the singular).

Harley has volunteered to be a driver for the field trip because they have an SUV.


Ze/Xe, Zir/Xir.       

Harley forgot zir drawing pad.  Ze needs to borrow some paper.


Just my name please! 

Some people prefer not to use pronouns at all.

Harley wants to gain job experience, so Harley wishes to find an internship while studying at Otis.


Never, ever refer to a person as “it” or “he-she” (unless they specifically ask you to.)

“It” and “he-she” can be perceived as offensive slurs.


How can I let others know what my preferred pronoun is?


Here are two suggestions:


1. When you meet someone for the first time, introduce yourself and include your pronoun.  “Hi, I’m Andrea, and I use they/theirs.”  Or, “Nice to meet you.  I’m Dave, and I use him/his.”




2.  Include your preferred pronouns in your email signature.

Pat Johnson


CommArts/Graphic Design Junior


How do you know which pronouns a person prefers?


Correctly using a person’s preferred gender pronoun is an important way to show respect for their gender identity and to acknowledge all genders. Try asking: “What pronouns do you use?” or “Can you remind me what pronouns you use?”  The person you are speaking with will feel respected.


For faculty:  How can I use this information in how I address my students at Otis?

Here’s a suggestion:


On the first day of class, share your own preferred name and gender pronouns:

“Hi, everyone.  My preferred first name is Lenny, and my last name is Huckleberry.  My preferred gender pronouns are he-him.”


During initial introductions or first taking of attendance, ask students to share:


  1. Their preferred first name
  2. Their last name
  3. Their preferred gender pronouns


And of course, document this on your roster, and address your students as they indicated.


What if I make a mistake?  What if I use “her” instead of the person’s preferred “they”, for example.  It can be hard to remember!


Mistakes are going to happen!  Apologize, and rephrase what you were saying or asking.  The person you are speaking with or about will appreciate it.


Did you know that not all languages pose the same pronoun difficulty for genderqueer people?  For example:


In 2014, the gender-neutral pronoun “hen” was added to the Swedish dictionary - for use when the gender of a person is not known or when it is not desirable to specify them as either a "she" or "he".

Turkey does not have a system of grammatical gender and thus does not have any gender-specific pronouns.

In Japan, pronouns, while not explicitly carrying gender, can strongly imply gender based on understood levels of politeness and social formality. While 'boku' and 'ore' are traditionally known to be masculine pronouns and 'atashi' is characterized as feminine, 'boku' is considered to be less masculine to its 'ore' counterpart and often denotes a softer form of masculinity. It is often used by women who find the pronoun 'atashi' as  too feminine.


The Korean pronoun geu (그) is somewhat gender-neutral. While the gender-specific pronoun geunyeo (그녀) is often the preferred pronoun when referring to feminine nouns, geu can refer to masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns.

The Cantonese third-person-singular pronoun is keui5 (佢), and may refer to people of any gender.

The May Fourth Movement to modernize Chinese culture resulted in the gendering of the written Chinese language in order to to make it similar to gendered European languages. In spoken standard Mandarin, when the antecedent of the spoken pronoun (他) is unclear, native speakers will assume it is a male person. However, the pronoun can also mean "other" or "third person".  There is a recent trend on the Internet to write "TA" in Latin script, derived from the pinyin Romanization of Chinese, as a gender-neutral pronoun.                                                                           


(Information in the preceding section sourced from Wikipedia)

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