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The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is a professional art space that presents group and solo exhibitions in a variety of media. The Gallery's main focus is showcasing contemporary art that pushes the boundaries of form and subject... Read more
The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is a professional art space that presents group and solo exhibitions in a variety of media. The Gallery's main focus is showcasing contemporary art that pushes the boundaries of form and subject matter in the context of national and international programming. Serving the local art community, the public, and Otis students and faculty, the Maltz Gallery presents emerging and established Los Angeles talent as well as international artists.
The Gallery is dedicated in honor of Benjamin N. Maltz (1901-1993), a local businessman and founding Director of City National Bank, who was a supporter of many nonprofit art organizations. Designed by the Los Angeles-based Frederick Fisher and Partners, the 3,500 sq ft Gallery is located on the ground floor of the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts. The Ben Maltz Gallery oversees the Otis College's Jennifer Howard Coleman Distinguished Lectureship and Residency. This program was created in 1995 in collaboration with the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation to pay tribute to the memory of Jennifer Howard Coleman, who was an artist and Otis alumna. The biannual appointment acknowledges leading contemporary painters by granting a residency at the College and by according them a solo exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery. The Otis Speaks lecture program is also produced in association with the Ben Maltz Gallery. Free and open to the public, the weekly event series offers a platform for contemporary artists, designers, curators, filmmakers, writers and critics to share their projects and ideas about the visual world.
Since September 2003, the Ben Maltz Gallery has been led by Meg Linton, Director of the Gallery and Public Programs.