Enthusiastic reception and international acclaim have surrounded the imaginative paintings of Don Maitz.
Maitz created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum character, has worked for the National Geographic Society, New York Publishing Houses, Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios where Maitz has worked on the animated feature films, Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius and Ant Bully as concept and production artist. The History Channel, Today Show, Wife Swap, and Dateline NBC all included Maitz pirate art in their broadcasts. Maitz’s sea rover art has been included in several National Geographic publications, books, cards and mass market calendars. Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Odyssey Marine Exploration have included Maitz art in their traveling museum presentations,
Exhibitions of his works have been displayed all over the United States. Previous exhibits include: the North Carolina Museum of History- Raliegh, NC the North Carolina Maritime Museum- Beaufort, NC, the South Florida Museum- Bradenton, FL, the Mariners Museum- Newport News, VA, the San Diego Maritime Museum - San Diego, CA, the Orlando History Center, the Key West Museum of Art & History, the Florida International Museum, The Door County Lighthouse & Maritime Museum- Sturgeon Bay, WI, Cultural Arts Center at Delray Beach,FL. All venues had increased attendence at these exhibits. Maitz has exhibited several times at the International Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT, receiving an award of excellence in 2006. Maitz is a Signature Member of the American Marine Artists Society.
After graduation with honors from the Paier School of Art in 1975, Don Maitz received awards and world wide recognition for his work in the field of imaginative art, among them, ten Chesley awards, two Hugo awards, an Inkpot award, and a World Fantasy award for best artist. He has also received an Award of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators. His paintings have been displayed in the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Delaware Art Museum, The Hayden Planetarium, the Canton Art Museum, the Allentown Art Museim the Higg Museum of Fine Art , and NASA’s 25th Anniverary. Maitz helped to initiate the first group exhibition of fantastic art in an American art museum. Don Maitz resides in Florida with his wife, Janny Wurts, who is a published novelist and artist.