Los Angeles

United States

9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles
Phone: 310.665.6905
Fax: 310.665.6908
Website: www.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery

Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College Of Art And Design

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles 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. 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 College’s Board of Trustees. Otis celebrated the involvement of the Goldsmith and Maltz families by naming its gallery in their honor.


Shaolin: Temple of Zen
Photographs by Justin Guariglia
February 2 – March 29, 2008
Public Reception: Saturday, February 2, 5-7pm

Shaolin: Temple of Zen is an exhibition and publication that documents, for the first time in history, the exceptionally private warrior monks of the fifteen-hundred-year-old Shaolin Temple in the Henan province of China. Justin Guariglia’s body of work brings to light the secretive society of the Chinese Buddhist sect dedicated to preserving a form of kung fu known as a “vehicle of Zen.” Over the course of eight years, Guariglia earned the monks’ trust to create a compelling record of their traditions. www.guariglia-chen.com

Previous Exhibitions

November 3, 2007 - January 18, 2008
Nancy Chunn: Media Madness

Chunn’s paintings portray the power of the media to define and control public opinion. A self-proclaimed “political junkie,” she achieved critical success with her early map paintings of tyrannized nations and has continued her commitment to documenting world events.

August 25 - October 20, 2007
Do it Now: Live Green

Do It Now: Live Green features household products and services made from renewable, recycled, and repurposed sources by individuals and companies who are manufacturing and distributing with environmental integrity.

July 14-August 11, 2007
The Sims: In the Hands of Artists

The Sims: In the Hands of the Artists features works inspired by one of the world’s most popular games, The Sims™. Using The Sims as a creative toolbox, Otis’ young, talented and creative artists and designers have created works that extend beyond the virtual world.

April 14-June 23,2007
Don Suggs: One Man Group Show

One Man Group Show is a survey exhibition spanning 35 years of the work of Los Angeles based artist Don Suggs. The exhibition includes drawing, painting, photography and sculpture from Suggs’ major bodies of work: Passions, Autochthonous Views, Proprietary Views, Portraits, Old Genres, Heuristic Paintings, Tondototems, Paint Ons and Feastpoles.

The Moral Museum: Selections from the Bick Archive
A multi-media installation by Cindy Smith
January 20-March 31, 2007

The Moral Museum: Selections from the Bick Archive is a multi-media installation created by New York artist Cindy Smith that began as a critical examination of Frank Capra’s classic...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Keith Puccinelli: The Wondercommon
April 19 – July 3, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 19, 2-5pm

Premiere of a new body of drawings, sculptures, and an interactive installation called The Morgue.


Free admission

Opening hours

- Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm / Thu: 10am-7pm / closed Sunsays, Mondays & major holidays
- Gallery Office: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm

Getting there

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is located on the ground floor of the Bronya and Andy Galef Center for Fine Arts on the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Campus, which is just north of LAX at 9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045.

For directions, please visit http://www.otis.edu/fileadmin/pdfs/MainMap.pdf


Free visitor parking on site, entrance on La Tijera.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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News and events

Saturday February 2, 5-7pm
Public Reception
with special kung fu and calligraphy demonstration by Shaolin Monk Shi De Chao from Henan, China, followed by a book signing.

Monday February 4, 7:30pm
With photographer Justin Guariglia of National Geographic Traveler; Gene Ching, Associate Publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine; and Craig Reid, martial arts film historian, fight choreographer and martial artist.

Monday February 25, 7:30pm
Cultural Presentation in the Media
A panel discussion with Felix Gutierrez, Lena Chao-Young, and Clint C. Wilson II; led by Otis Director of Art History Parme Giuntini.

Friday February 29, 8pm
Film Screening
Screening Room, Ahmanson B06
Double Feature introduced by Craig Reid; 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) and Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1983).


The Ben Maltz Gallery oversees 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 Residency offers Otis students the opportunity to engage with a professional artist who is pursuing an active an viable studio practice, about aesthetic, economic, and technical issues that artists face today.