Events
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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About the Gallery

Opening reception Phyllis Green

The Ben Maltz Gallery supports the artistic/cultural production of creative professionals and connects their work to the Otis community and the public at large through exhibitions, presentations, and publications. The Gallery—equal parts public forum, classroom, and laboratory—is an active academic partner on and off campus. Its expansive curatorial initiatives provide direct experience with artists/designers/curators/scholars and their work within an environment that fosters conversation, curiosity, visual literacy, critical thinking, individuality, collaboration, and social responsibility. Engaging in a wide range of contemporary art and ideas, the Gallery highlights work that pushes the frontiers of traditional form and subject matter while providing a contextual framework for interpretation, reflection, and understanding. Open free to the public year round, the Gallery serves Los Angeles’ vibrant art community and the City's diverse population, while acting as an important educational resource for students, faculty, and staff. It also reaches beyond the region by both originating and participating in national and international touring exhibitions and programs.

Learning Outcomes

Attentive visitors from the student body, campus community, and general public will be able to:

  • Attend, experience, and identify the work of emerging and established creative practitioners first hand and be exposed to the visual language of contemporary cultural production from the region and beyond.
  • Distinguish a range of genres, media, and creative practices from the traditional to the contemporary including sculpture, painting, printmaking, installation, time-based media, and emerging practices. 
  • Identify and articulate the primary themes, concerns and/or context (aesthetic, social, political or historical) of an exhibition after viewing it.
  • Engage with public programming and creative actions like lectures, symposia, workshops, and performances led by artists, designers, curators, writers, scholars and other creative practitioners.

Gallery History

The Otis Gallery was the vision of artist Millard Sheets and opened in 1957 at the MacArthur Park campus in downtown Los Angeles. When the College moved to Westchester in 1997, the Gallery was temporarily housed on the ground floor of the Ahmanson Building until the Bronya and Andy Galef Fine Arts Center was completed in 2001. Los Angeles Architect Frederick Fisher designed a stunning 3,200 square foot exhibition space and it was christened the Ben Maltz Gallery.

Gallery Name

The Gallery is named in honor of Benjamin N. Maltz, father of Elaine Goldsmith (namesake of the Otis main campus), and prominent philanthropist. Maltz was a broker and founding Director and former Chairman of City National Bank in Beverly Hills. Ben Maltz had a strong belief in giving back to the community and he was a generous benefactor of many local and national charities. He passed this philosophy on to his children, one of whom is Elaine Goldsmith, a longtime member of the Otis Board of Trustees, and one of the College's major supporters.

Artist Submissions
For artist submissions, please see our Artist Submission Guidelines document (PDF).
 

Staff

Kate McNamara
Director of Galleries and Exhibitions
310.665.6907
kmcnamara@otis.edu

Kathy MacPherson
Gallery Manager and Outreach Coordinator
(310) 665–6909
galleryinfo@otis.edu

 

Jinger Heffner
Exhibitions Coordinator and Registrar
(310) 665–6906
jheffner@otis.edu


 

 

 

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