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- PUBLIC PROGRAMS
- COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
The Ben Maltz Gallery presents a diverse program of group and solo exhibitions in a variety of media. It serves Los Angeles' vigorous art community and the city's diverse public at large, while acting as an important resource for Otis students and faculty. The program engages a wide range of contemporary art and ideas through exhibitions, catalogues, and public events. Highlighting work that pushes the frontiers of traditional form and subject matter, the Gallery typically exhibits emerging and established Los Angeles artists and designers, placing them in the context of national and international programming. The Gallery both originates and participates in national touring exhibitions.
The gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is named after Benjamin N. Maltz. His 1993 obituary in the LA Times noted that he was a ìprominent broker and distributor in the liquor industry in Chicago and Los Angeles; and founding Director and former Chairman, City National Bankî in Beverly Hills. He was also a benefactor of many local and national charities, and Otis is fortunate to be among them. Ben Maltz had a strong belief that those who are successful have an obligation to give back to the community. He passed this philosophy on to his children, one of whom is Elaine Goldsmith, a longtime member of the Board of Trustees who cares deeply about the College. Otis celebrated the involvement of the Goldsmith and Maltz families by naming its gallery in their honor.