• Todd Gray

    Oct 25| Lectures

    Todd Gray was born in 1954 in Los Angeles. Gray received an MFA and a BFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach. He has shown performance work at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater), Los Angeles (2010); California African American Museum, Los Angeles (2009); the Commons, New York University (2008); 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica (2008); New Renaissance Theater, Syracuse, NY (2007); and Academy of Media Arts, Cologne (2004).

  • Ruby Neri is a sculptor, painter, and former street artist from San Francisco and Los Angeles, California, known for her evocative portrayal of horses.

  • Otis in NYC
    October 27, 2016 
    6 - 8 pm 
    Franklin Parrasch Gallery
    53 East 64 Street
    New York, NY 10065

    Otis College President Bruce W. Ferguson is coming to NYC! 
    Please come say hello and visit with your fellow alumni and friends of Otis College of Art and Design.
    Drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


  • Lecture takes place at 356 S. Mission Rd., co-presented with Ben Maltz Gallery in conjunction with the exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

    New York-based critic and independent curator Bob Nickas presents his musings on one hundred paintings, choosing one from each year from 1915-2015.

  • Bob Nickas

    Oct 31| Lectures

    Bob Nickas is a critic and independent curator based in New York, having organized more than ninety exhibitions since 1984.
    He was Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1/MoMA in New York between 2004-07, where his exhibitions include: 
    Lee Lozano: Drawn From Life; 
    William Gedney—Christopher Wool: Into the Night; 
    Stephen Shore: American Surfaces; 
    Wolfgang Tillmans: Freedom From The Known. 

  • Looking at the recent works of Sebastian Stumpf one finds an interplay between performance and the recording of performance, between the execution of a physical act and the documentation of it by means of a camera. [He] operates in two distinct realms: in the empty spaces of contemporary art institutions and in urban settings with their preexisting orders. […] An inconspicuous architectural detail suddenly becomes the catalyst for a physical exploit…. The art gallery becomes a space for action.

  • Passionate Voices Expressed in Sound Bearing Plastic: An Evening with Collector Richard Shelton


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).


Kate McNamara
Director of Galleries and Exhibitions

Kathy MacPherson
Gallery Manager and Outreach Coordinator
(310) 665–6909


Jinger Heffner
Exhibitions Coordinator and Registrar
(310) 665–6906




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