Ben Butler received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from Bowdoin College.  His work has been exhibited in solo shows in New York at Coleman Burke Gallery and Plane Space, as well as at Zg Gallery in Chicago, John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, and Davidson Galleries in Seattle, among others.  He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Artist Grant and numerous fellowships at residency programs including the MacDowell Colony, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Ucross Foundation.

He currently lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee and Quogue, New York.

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2003     School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, M.F.A., Sculpture

2000     Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, B.A. with high honors, Visual Arts

1998     School of Visual Arts, New York, New York


Teaching Experience

2015 -  Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

2008 – 2015       Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee, Assistant Professor of Art


Solo Exhibitions


2015     Intervals and Disturbances, University of Mississippi Museum, Oxford, Mississippi

             Unbounded, Rice Gallery, Houston, Texas

             Elegy to the Disappearance of Objects, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina

2014     Cloud Morphology, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee

2013     Propagation, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington

2011     Allen Priebe Gallery, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

             Limits of the Mind, Coleman Burke Gallery, New York, New York

             On Growth, Clough-Hansen Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

2008     Plane Space, New York, New York

             John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

             Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2007     Coleman Burke Gallery, Brunswick, Maine 

2006     Suyama Space, Seattle, Washington

2005     Plane Space, New York, New York

             Ben Butler: New Sculptures and Works on Paper, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

             Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2003     Plane Space, New York, New York

             Species & Sediment, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois


Selected Group Exhibitions


2015     Quogue Gallery, Quogue, New York

             John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York 

             Watson McRae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida

2014     Outside / In, K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, California

2013     Resplendent, University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas

             Scope, Hyde Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee

             Present Tense, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee

2012     Gallery Artists, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

             Wood, Paper & Fiber, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

             Fractured, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey

             Material Matters, Peerless Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska

2011     John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

             Architecture, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York

             Chain Letter, Samson Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts

             Winter Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2010     Simple Gifts, Hancock Shaker Village, Lenox, Massachusetts

             Ucross Alumni, Nicolaysen Museum of Art, Casper, Wyoming

             John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

2008     Infrastructure, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

             Gangbusters, Plane Space, New York, New York

2007    Tiny, Whitney Art Works, Portland, Maine

             John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

2006     John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

             Bowdoin Alumni Print Exhibition, ICON Gallery, Brunswick, Maine

             Contemporary Outdoor Sculpture at Chesterwood, Chesterwood, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

             Gallery Artists: Inaugural Exhibition, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

2005    Working Process, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

2004    Drawings, Plane Space, New York, New York

            Summer Show ’04, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

            Perfect, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois

2003    As Small As Possible, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

            Depiction, Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois

            Compendium, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

            Waiting (with Rena Leinberger), Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois

2002    12” x 12” A Group Show, Zg Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

            The Stray Show, MN Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

            Glacial Erratics, University of W. Alabama, Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Livingston, Alabama

            16th Evanston & Vicinity Biennial, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois


Residencies / Fellowships


2014     ACRE, Artist Residency, Steuben, Wisconsin

2008     Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Artist Residency, Omaha, Nebraska

2007     Norton Island Artist Residency, Norton Island, Maine

2005     Art Omi, Artist Residency, Ghent, New York

2004     MacDowell Colony, Artist Residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire

             Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson, Vermont

2003     Plane Space, Artist Residency, New York, New York

2001     Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, Artist Residency, Temecula, California

2000     Ucross Foundation, Artist Residency, Clearmont, Wyoming

             Vermont Studio Center, Artist Residency, Johnson, Vermont


Commissions and Collections


2015     Overton Park Old Forest Entry Portal, Sculpture Commission, Memphis, Tennessee

2014     Loews Chicago Hotel, Sculpture Commission, Chicago, Illinois

2013     Hyatt Regency Chicago, Sculpture and Mural Commission, Chicago, Illinois

2013     Music City Center, Drawing and Sculpture Commission, Nashville, Tennessee

2010     Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Sculpture Commission, Memphis, Tennessee

2008     John Deere Corporation, Sculpture Purchase, Moline, Illinois




2013     Arts Memphis Individual Artist Grant

2006     Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Artist Grant


Selected Bibliography


Fredric Koeppel, "Nothing fluffy, white about piles of vapor in Ben Butler's 'Cloud Morphology," The Commercial Appeal, October 22, 2014.

Eileen Townsend, "Ben Butler's 'Cloud Morphology' at Crosstown Arts," Memphis Flyer, October 16, 2014.

Matthew Kangas, "Ben Butler," Visual Art Source, October 12, 2013.

Fredric Koeppel, "Contemporary Memphis Artists on Exhibit at the Dixon," The Commercial Appeal, February 2, 2013, 6.

Fredric Koeppel, "Best of 2011: Standout Memphis Art Shows Made Compiling List Easy," The Commerical Appeal - Go Memphis, December 22, 2011, 4.

Andrew Caldwell, "Another Brick in the Wall," Memphis Flyer, April 7, 2011, 6.

Fredric Koeppel, "Philosophy aside, 'Growth' blows mind," The Commerical Appeal - Go Memphis, January 28, 2011, 9.

Alan Artner, "In the Galleries," Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2008, C20

World Sculpture News, "Quiet Repetition," Winter, 2008, 14.

Ian Paige, "Unseen Forces," The Phoenix, August 8, 2007, C1.

Gayle Clemans, "Art that Speaks for itself, and some that needs a little help," The Seattle Times, December 1, 2006, 46I.

Regina Hackett, "Math-inspired sculpture is anythiny but by-the-numbers," Seattle Post-Intelligence, September 22, 2006.

Alan G. Artner, "Ben Butler's Warm, Humane Minimalism," Chicago Tribune, January 14, 2005, C21.

Fred Camper, "Meditative Math," Chicago Reader, January 21, 2005, 25.

Brendan Tapley, "Sculpture times two: Ben Butler," The Monodnock Ledger, February 26, 2004, 11.

Sculpture Magazine, "Waiting, Evanston Art Center," January/February, 2004.

John Brunetti, "Reclamation: Themes in the Work of Three Emerging Artists," Chicago Artists' News, October, 2003, 6.

Michael Workman, "A House is Not a Home," New City, September 18, 2003, 18.

The New York Times, Arts & Leisure Guide, August 31, 2003, 25.

Lisa Stein, "Depiction of art for art's sake," Chicago Tribune, August 1, 2003, 23.

Fred Camper, "Critics Choice," Chicago Reader, April 11, 2003.

Susan Rayfield, "The Old School Ties," Portland Press Herald, November 29, 1999, 1B.