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  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • Otis Graduate Writing students will read from their works-in-progress.

  • Exquisite Beauty is the first retrospective and publication to document the eye-dazzling ceramics created by Ralph Bacerra (1938–2008), a Los Angeles–based artist known for his innovative approach to surface embellishment. Curated by Jo Lauria, the exhibition features more than ninety of the artist’s finest pieces—dramatic, highly decorated vessels and sculptures that have never before been the focus of a major exhibition or publication.

  • Opening Reception for Ralph Bacerra: Exquisite Beauty

  • David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and currently teaches at USC. He is the author of the novels Little, The Hiawatha, The Translation of Dr. Apelles, named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as a critical work, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual. In 2012, he published another nonfiction work, Rez Life.

  • Angela Flournoy’s first novel The Turner House was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, and she has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Flournoy has taught at the University of Iowa and Trinity Washington University. She lives in Los Angeles.

  • Susan Choi’s first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction, and her second novel, American Woman, was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. With David Remnick she co-edited the anthology Wonderful Town: New York Stories from The New Yorker. A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and in 2010, the inaugural winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award, Choi lives in Brooklyn.

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About the Gallery

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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

Jeseca Dawson
Curatorial Assistant / PST Coordinator
(310) 846–2579
jdawson@otis.edu