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

Public Art & Commissions


Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital, Installation, Memphis, Tennessee (forthcoming)

Ocean Bow, Outdoor Sculpture, Quoque, New York (forthcoming)


Emergence, Private Commission, Outdoor Installation, Hudson, New York

Crosstown Arts Theater, Wall Sculpture/Acoustical Treatment, Memphis, Tennessee

Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Wall Sculpture, Atlanta, Georgia  


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

Kimpton Everly Hotel, Sculpture, Hollywood, California

Kirkland & Ellis Law, Wall Sculpture, San Francisco, California


Eastman Chemical, Wall Sculpture, Kingsport, Tennessee

West Cancer Center, Sculpture, Memphis, Tennessee


Loews Chicago Hotel, Sculpture, Chicago, Illinois


Hyatt Regency Chicago, Sculpture and Mural, Chicago, Illinois

Music City Center, Drawing, Nashville, Tennessee


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


John Deere Corporation, Wall Sculpture, Moline, Illinois

Recent Solo Exhibitions


John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York (forthcoming)


John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

Vertebrates, Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas

Variations on Growth, Foothills Art Center, Golden, Colorado


Exchange, Heritage Plaza, Houston, Texas


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

Sculpture and Drawings, Fairbanks Gallery, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon

Unbounded, Rice Gallery, Houston, Texas

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


Cloud Morphology, Crosstown Arts, Memphis, Tennessee


Propagation, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Washington


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

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

On Growth, Clough-Hanson Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee

Selected Recent Group Exhibitions


Charting Terrain: A Confluence of Light and Form, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas


Artists Choose Artists, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, New York

American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition, New York, New York


Quogue Gallery, Quogue, New York

John Davis Gallery, Hudson, New York

Watson McRae Gallery, Sanibel, Florida


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


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


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

Residencies / Fellowships

2016 Crosstown Arts, Artist Residency, Memphis, Tennessee

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


2013 Arts Memphis Individual Artist Grant

2006 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Artist Grant

Video Interviews

Crosstown Arts, Studio Residency:

Crosstown Arts, Cloud Morphology Exhibition:

Rice University, Creating Unbounded:

Rice University, Unbounded Exhibition:


Jobe, Brian. “Studio Visit with Ben Butler,” Locate Arts: The Focus, October 2017,

Beckenstein, Joyce. “When Artists Choose Artists,” Brooklyn Rail, December 2016,

Stevens, Philip. “Ben Butler Deploys over 10,000 Sticks of Poplar Wood for Unbounded Installation,” DesignBoom, June 2015,

Holmes, Taylor. “Interview with Ben Butler,” Thinc, December 2015,

Sierzputowski, Kate.  “A Monumental Scaffolding of Poplar Wood at Rice Gallery by Ben Butler,” This is  Colossal, July 2, 2015,

Hosmer, Katie. “Hundreds of Pieces of Stacked Wood Form Beautifully Organic Sculptures,” My Modern Met. July 17, 2014,

Holtermann, Rose. “Ben Butler Creates “Unbounded” Installation From 10,000 Wood Sticks,” Beautiful Decay, December 22, 2014,

Koeppel, Fredric. “Art Review: Ben Butler – Cloud Morphology”, Commercial Appeal, October 22, 2014.

Townsend, Eileen. “Ben Butler’s Cloud Morphology at Crosstown Arts”, Memphis Flyer, October 16, 2014.

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

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

Koeppel, Fredric. “Best of 2011: Standout Memphis Art Shows Made Compiling List Easy,” The Commercial Appeal – Go Memphis, December 22, 2011, 4.

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

Koeppel, Fredric. “Philosophy aside, ‘Growth’ blows mind,” The Commercial Appeal – Go Memphis, January 28, 2011, 9.

Artner, Alan. “In the Galleries,” Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2008, C20.