• 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


Travel Advance & Expenses

The Center for International Education & the Business Office will work with you to prepare the paperwork required to request your travel advance and review policies and procedures for managing the advance in more detail. Some common issues related to advances are outlined below.

What is a Travel Advance?

  • It is a temporary source of CASH- up to 75% of your out of pocket expenses used to support your travel program. At the end of the program, all spent funds are reconciled and posted to the program budget. Unspent funds are returned to Otis.


  • To pay for day-to-day expenses of your program while in the field
  • To be used ONLY in the field for program-related business when Otis is unable to process payments on your behalf via check, or credit card

Common usage of Field Advance

  • Taxi rides, bus tickets, tips, entrance fees, phone cards, and group meals.
  • Per diem (for you or your supporting staff)
  • Meal or Activity Stipend for students

General Rules and Criteria

  • The person requesting the advance must be a permanent Otis employee (program leader or support staff)
  • Keep all field advance cash funds physically separate from any other cash-on-hand, such as personal funds
  • All remaining balances must be returned to Otis within 45 days from the program end date

Procedure Overview


  1. Research which establishment(s) YOU will need to pay at the point of sale/service. In most cases all of your expenses can be covered by using a program provider.
  2. Finalize your program budget with the Center for International Education by Sept 15
  3. 30 days before departure:  Meet with the Center for International Education to finalize your Travel Advance amount. We will request a travel advance on your behalf prior to your departure.

During: Managing Your Advance

  1. Retain all your receipts (minus food per diem) and bank statements
  2. Maintain expenditure spreadsheet
  3. Update request for reimbursements (if any) while travelling to have ready upon return

Return: Reconciling Travel Advance

  1. Complete and submit Travel and Expense form to the Center for International Education within two weeks of your program return date.



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