Benjamin Gardner

www.benjaminagardner.com

 

 

solo and two-person exhibitions

2013  Untitled exhibition. Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, Illinois. (October) The Soothsayer. Box 13, Houston, Texas. (July)
         Rooted, Grounded (w/ Diana Gabriel). Design Cloud Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

         

2012  Mesmerism and 16 lights. CSU Gallery, Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota.

         songs of the night. FLUXX Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

         as above so below: the thought of morning and breathing. Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, Illinois.

         A Dream of Heard Music and What is Left Behind. Morton College, Morton, Illinois.
         The Stars Spell Silence. Best Friends Gallery, Arlington Heights, Illinois. To Being in the World; For We Have Displaced Ourselves in All                                        Dimensions and Units of Measurement. Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, Illinois. For Those Who Need Protection From the Variety of Troubles and Surprises. BS          Space, Iowa City, Iowa.

 

2011  Although We Reflect Our Surroundings... Times Club at Prairie Lights, Iowa City, Iowa.
 

2010  The Conjured (w/ Dawn Roe). Dog and Pony Projects, Buffalo, New York. apophatic time. Violet Poe Projects, Bloomington, Illinois.

         Evensong #4 (affirming the night). Farnham Gallery, Simpson College. Indianola, Iowa.

 

2007  The Reflecting Subject. Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, Illinois.
          You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello: Adam Farcus and Benjamin Gardner. McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

 

2006  This Moment (w/ Bill Conger). Vergette Gallery, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

 

2005  to the one not in the room. University Galleries, Normal, Illinois.

 

2002  Off-hand Paintings by Barbarians. Goatsilk Gallery, Missoula, Montana.

 

2001  Farmland’s Heavy. Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

 

 

selected group exhibitions

2014 Above and Below. Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. (January) 2013 Define Drawing. McLean County Art Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

The House of Seven Gables. University Galleries, Bloomington, Illinois. [Catalogue forthcoming]
Rural American Contemporary Art Juried Exhibition. Ridgewater Community College, Hutchinson, Minnesota.

Kentucky National. Clara M. Eagle Gallery. Murray, Kentucky. [Catalogue forthcoming]

 

2012 DrawBack. Backspace Collective, Peoria, Illinois.
Degrees. Swell Gallery. West Dundee, Illinois.
Bemis Center Regional Juried Exhibition. Bemis Underground, Omaha, Nebraska.

 

2011 Rural American Contemporary Artists. St. Peter Art Center, St. Peter, Minnesota.

Walser-Drop. Flying Object, Hadley, Massachusetts.
ABSTRKT. Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
I Am Two With Nature. Tugboat Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska. Spotlights. Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

2010 Open Door 6. Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

2010 Alumni Spectacular. University Galleries, Normal, Illinois.

21st Annual Juried Exhibition. Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Iowa Artists 2010. Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa. [Catalogue]

Texas National 2010. The Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Juried Exhibition. Instinct Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa.

Blind Proxy. Desotorow Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

The Indirect Index. Morgan-Hammond Print Gallery, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.

 

2009 Illinois. McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, Illinois. Faculty Biennial. Anderson Gallery, Drake University.
The Indirect Index. Transpace Gallery, Normal, Illinois.

 

2008 Faculty Biennial. University Galleries, Normal, Illinois.


2007 Without Like or As: Painting and Poetics. University Galleries.

...and I am blue... McLean County Arts Center.

The Language of Evidence. Studio: Douglas, Bloomington, Illinois. 2006 Alumni Biennial. University Galleries, Normal, Illinois.

Representation and Being. 33 Collective Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. but you gave me flowers. University Galleries.
Painter as Mentor. McLean County Arts Center.

 

2005 Between Visions. Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.
Idir Aisling (Between Visions). South Tipperary Art Center, Clonmel, Ireland.
The Modern Landscape. Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois. Sophisticated Traveler Again. Stray Show/Art Chicago. Butler Field, Chicago, Illinois.
Intimate Immensities. TranSpace Gallery, Normal, Illinois.

 

2004 Sketches, Scrawls, Scribbles and Such III. The Wiggle Room, San Antonio, Texas.

Sketches, Scrawls, Scribbles and Such II. The Stray Show, Chicago, Illinois. ...And Now For Something Completely Different. Unit B (Gallery). Chicago, Illinois.
Sophisticated Traveler at the Stray Show. The Stray Show, Chicago, Illinois.

 

2003 So Squared. McLean County Arts Center.
Reading Room. University Galleries.
Sketches, Scrawls, Scribbles and Such. Unit B (Gallery), Chicago, Illinois.

 

2002 12 and Under. O’H + T Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.

 

2001 63rd Annual National Exhibition of Contemporary American Paintings. The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, Florida.

 

 

education

2005 MFA, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. 2001 BFA, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.

professional experience

Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. 2008 – Current
Instructional Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. 2006 - 2008

 

 

courses taught

Drawing II / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing (stacked course along with Senior Capstone in Drawing, offered every semester) / Paths to Knowledge: Personal Identity
Pre-tenure Sabbatical

Drawing II / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing / Paths to Knowledge: Post 9/11 Culture and Society
Drawing I (2 sections) / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing Drawing II / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing / You Are Here: Place, Time, and Identity

Drawing I (2 sections) / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing Drawing II (2 sections) / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing Drawing I (2 sections) / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing Drawing II / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing / Special Topics: Space and Place

Drawing I (2 sections) / Intermediate + Advanced Drawing /

 

 

grants and awards

2013 Faculty Development Support Grant, Drake University. Faculty Travel Grant, Drake University.

2012 Faculty Development Major Research Grant, Drake University. Faculty Travel Grant, Drake University.

2011 John August Course Development Grant, Drake University. Honors Professor of the Year, Drake University.
Faculty Development Support Grant, Drake University. Friends of Drake Arts Grant.

2010 Friends of Drake Arts Grant.

presentations / lectures / visiting artist positions

2012 University of North Carolina Charlotte, Visiting Artist / Print Edition University of Dayton, Visiting Artist / Print Edition with Advanced Printmaking class

2011 Idaho State University, Visiting Artist
2009 Towards a New Vade Mecum. Center for the Book, University of Iowa. 2007 Brigham Young University, Visiting Artist Program
2006 Minnesota State University Mankato, Guest Lecturer
2006 Southern Illinois University, Visiting Artist Program

 

 

publications of writing

“Images and Things: Emily Newman at FLUXX” Iowa City Arts Review

“Susan Chrysler White at Olson-Larsen” www.artbeacondesmoines.com

“Beyond Un/Conventionality: Tony Feher” www.artbeacondesmoines.com

“on Salvage, order-of-things, and usefulness” essay for Salvage exhibition by Jan Brandt at Rex Recycled, Chicago, Illinois. January 2012.

“The Motive of Form: Michael Wille at violet poe projects”, essay for Episode(s) exhibition by Michael Wille at violet poe projects, Bloomington, Illinois. Decem- ber 2011.

middle states exhibition catalogue, essay, 2010.

“On the Invisible Practice of Painting.” Painter as Mentor exhibition catalogue, Mclean County Art Center, Bloomington, Illinois. 2006.

publications of artwork

Studio Visit Magazine, Winter 2012.
New American Paintings #83, August 2009.
New American Paintings #59, August, 2005.
Chicago Reader. June 26, 2003. Work featured in section 2, page 29. Chicago Journal. June 12, 2003. Work featured on page 13.
New American Paintings #41. September 2002.

curatorial projects

dust. Heavy Brow Gallery, Bloomington, Illinois. 2014.
meaning without words: contemporary abstract painting. Anderson Gallery, Drake University. November 2014.
middle states. Anderson Gallery, Drake University. January 2011.
Without Like or As: Painting and Poetics. University Galleries, Normal, Illinois. 2007.