Born 1976, Perth Amboy, NJ. Lives and works in Florida.

 

Education

2009                        Vermont Studio Center Residency, July 2009

2006, 8                    “Painting’s Edge” Seminar, Idyllwild Arts, CA                                    

2004                        Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

2002                        MFA (with Distinction), University of Georgia –-Lamar Dodd School of Art

2000-1                     UGA Study Abroad Program, Cortona, Italy

1998                        BFA, Rutgers University ---Mason Gross School of the Arts

 

Exhibitions

2011

 

Neil Bender, Andy Nasisse, John Byrd :Drawings and Ceramic Collaborations. NCECA Conference,

Tampa, FL

 

Trace Gallery, Athens, GA.

 

2010

 

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA.

 

Angus Negro, Circa PR Contemporary Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Collaborative painting installation with Ivan Reyes-Garcia and the Paula Ysom Group.

 

The New, Weird America (with Sean McCarthy, Brent Fogt, and Matt

Krawcheck). Dana Art Gallery, Wellesley, MA.

 

L’Arabesque, Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL. Group show of artists taking aesthetic or compositional cues from Matisse.

 

2009

 

The Lilt, The Front, New Orleans, LA. *(solo)

 

Artists’ Books, Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL.

 

Florida Friendly, Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL. Three-person show with Cesar Cornejo and Elisabeth Condon.

 

2008

 

Freaks, Privateer Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Group show with Trenton Doyle Hancock, Peter Saul, Lamar Peterson, Derrick Adams, and more.

 

Beyond Picturopolis, (with Elisabeth Condon and Michelle Weinberg),  ArtCenter of South Florida, Miami, FL. Executed a large wall mural entitled Café Pink Grapeshot, with 23 mixed-media drawings hung throughout.

 

 

Randy, Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL. *(solo)

Screenprinted wall installation with 20 new small-to-mid-scale mixed media paper pieces.

 

Play, Saya Woolfalk, Andrea Loefke, Neil Bender, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY.

 

Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Selected work from ‘Painting’s Edge’. Curated by Peter Frank.

 

University of Alabama --Huntsville (solo)

 

2007

            

Picturopolis (with Elisabeth Condon and Michelle Weinberg), DACRA--Moore Space,

Miami, FL.

 

Bridge Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, Miami, FL. Concurrent with Art Basel, Miami, December 2007.

 

Pick A Hole, Fuller Projects, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. (solo) Solo exhibition which comprised a large-scale wall-painting which riffed on Botticelli’s Primavera, and incorporated monoprints and large-scale acrylic drawings.

 

Artists’ Books: Transgression/Excess, SpaceOther, Boston, MA. (Curated by Gamaliel Herrera and Dirk Meinzer).  Exhibited a 12” tall by 180” long collaborative accordion book titled “Two Who Stalk” with painter Chad Abel. The show was an open library, with works by Warhol, Kippenberger, Ernst, Terence Koh, Picabia, and many other historical and contemporary artists. 

 

2006

 

Circa PR (Puerto Rico), Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan, PR,. Group exhibition organized by Charo Oquet.

 

A Socialized Veneer, Edge Zones, Miami, FL. Two-person show with Chad Abel. Approximately 15 individual ink, acrylic, and collage drawings were displayed amidst an 88-piece cut paper installation. A collaborative sculpture entitled "The Triumphant Horseman" was the centerpiece of the show.

 

"What's In a Name? The Ben Show" ,Spruill Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA. 

 

The Violence Below, (with Chad Abel), Edge Zones, Miami, FL. *

Two-person show with 10 individual pieces on display during the Art Basel fair.

 

Bridge Art Fair, Catalina Hotel, Miami, FL. Concurrent with Art Basel, Miami, December 2006. Catalogue

 

Skinnydipping, Mercury Art Works, Athens, GA. Curated by James Herbert, filmmaker and painter in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and directed by Chris Wyrick, owner of Mercury.

 

Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA. Selected work from ‘Painting’s Edge’.

 

Entre Chien Et Loup (Between the Dog and Wolf), Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL. October-December 2006.

 

2005

The Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA (Curated by Denise Markonish). Executed a site-specific piece called Pleasure Tower, 12’ x 9’.

 

Contemporary Queer, Shaw Center for the Arts, Brunner Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA. Six-person exhibition in conjunction with the opening of the new Shaw Center, and the 1st Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Baton Rouge.

 

Pink for Miami, Edge Zones, World Arts Building,  Miami, FL (Curated by Genaro Ambrosino). Group show with New York and Miami artists (Amy Sillman, etc.)

 

Florida Focus, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, FL. Curated by Mark Ormond (catalogue). Four large-scale multi-media drawings in an overview exhibition of artists practicing in the Western part of Florida.

 

2004

 

Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL. (catalogue). Executed a large-scale wall painting entitled The ‘Be Mine’ Wave of Sentiment, approx. 12’ x 50’, with 12 cut paper drawings dispersed throughout.

 

New American Talent 19, Arthouse, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX. Juror: Jerry Saltz(Traveled for two years throughout Texas) (catalogue)

 

CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY. (catalogue) Work made and exhibited in conjunction with receiving the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Work written about by Gregory Amenoff in catalog Foreword.

 

Mostra, Palazzo Casali, Cortona, Italy.

 

Gender Acts, Roe Art Gallery, Furman University, Greenville, SC. Three-person exhibition in conjunction with a forum on feminism which included a panel with the Guerilla Girls.

 

Scope Art Fair, Miami, FL. (Saltworks Gallery)

 

Lust, Fe (Iron) Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Project SGF Downtown, SGF Building, Atlanta, GA. Executed a 10’ x 30’ translucent plastic mural with pink latex titled Wealthy and Prominent Men.

 

Nether Regions, Fugitive Art Center, Nashville, TN.* Two-person exhibition with Kathryn Refi.

Heaven In Your Hand, London Gallery, Athens, GA.* Solo exhibition.

Halpert Biennial, Turchin Center for Visual Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. National Juried exhibition.

 

Viscera: The Subjective Body, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA. 12 Artists all executed work specific to the curatorial topic. My work was a 12’ x 15’ wall drawing titled Taut.

 

Collaborations: James Barsness, Neil Bender, Alex Murawski, Andy Nasisse, Tom Hammond, Broad Street Gallery, Athens, GA.

 

2002

 

Gone Tomorrow: A Series of Ephemeral Installations, Atlanta   Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA. Curated by Helena Reckitt. Executed a wall and floor drawing titled The Big Pink Elephant , 13’ x 30’ x 15’.

 

Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, GA. A small solo show of 8 small to large

scale drawings. Concurrent with small solo shows by Kathryn Refi, Joe Lupo, and Mike Wsol.

 

Rise and Fall, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA. 5 large-scale ink and acrylic drawings were dispersed throughout the museum, creating a broken and circular narrative.

 

27th Annual Juried Exhibition, Lyndon House Arts Center, Athens, GA. Juror: James Rondeau, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago

 

                       

 

Honors, Awards

2009

                       

Studio Visit, Winter 2009

Juror: Ian Berry, Curator, Tang Museum at Skidmore College

 

The Black Boot, Issue #8, Date TBA

Images to be featured in Los Angeles-based literary and artistic journal

 

2007

 

New American Paintings, Volume 70. Juror: Charlotta Kotik, Chairman of Painting and Sculpture and Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum

 

2006           

           

USF Provost’s Summer Grant

$5,000 Award based on Research potential and initiative

 

2006

                       

The Boston Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA.

    

2005-6           

           

“Painting’s Edge” Seminar/Workshop in Idyllwild, CA.   

Funded in 2006 by a $1,250 grant by the USF College of Visual and Performing Arts Research Committee

 

2004           

           

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency

Received $5,000 approximate financial gift to attend

 

2003

                       

The Drawing Center Slide Registry. Interviewed by Yun Fei-Ji.

 

2002

                       

Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant

 

New American Paintings, Volume 40. Juror: Linda Norden, Associate Curator, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University

 

2001

                       

Jack and Marilyn Kehoe Award

A competitive $2,500 Award to attend the UGA Cortona Program

 

1998           

           

Giza Daniels Endescha Award, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers

University. Awarded to a graduating BFA candidate in Painting/Drawing.

 

 

Other Experience

Lecture: “Pick A Hole”

Lecture on recent production presented as part of a Visiting Artist stint at SUNY-Oswego, September 2007.

 

Lecture: “Pick A Hole and Fuck It”

Given in conjunction with exhibition at Fuller Projects at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN., March 2007.

 

Lecture: “Keith Haring: The Line Determines the Work”

Presented at the Tampa  Museum of Art, March 2006, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition –curated by Jade Dellinger—related to Haring’s work and the establishment of the Pop Shop.

 

Lecture: “A Critical Joy: Pictorial Perversity in Renaissance Painting”

Given to Dr. Helena Szepe’s Italian Renaissance Seminar at the University of South Florida, October 2007. An analysis of how works by Sassetta, Pontormo, Tintoretto, and Bellini affect contemporary painting.

 

Lecture: “Looking for Real”

On contemporary and classical painting in Italy as a guest speaker at the University of Georgia, January 2005.

 

Participated in a public interview/discussion with USF Contemporary Art Museum curator David Norr at the Blue Acier exhbition featuring my work entitled Art Plastique.

 

 

 

 

Bibliography

“Great Show at the Front in New Orleans”, by Doug MacCash, The New Orleans Times-Picayune,

21 May 2009.

“Fun With Nipples and Tongues”, by Megan Voeller, Weekly Planet, May 2008. (photo)

“Art In Your Ear”  May 9, 2008. Interview on WMNF by Joellen Schilke, with Erika

Schneider.

“Body Issues Eyed in ‘Randy’ Show”, by Esther Hammer, Tampa Tribune, 23 April 2008.

Charley Friedman in Miami/’Beyond Picturopolis’”, by Chris Bors, 14 February 2008,

artinfo.com                 

ArtCenter Under Psychadelic Renovation By Picturopolis”, 30 January 2008, artdaily.org

“Treat Yourself”, by Megan Voeller. Weekly Planet, October 2006. (photo)

“’Ben’ artists offer tribute to whimsy”, by Jerry Cullum. Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 5, 2006.

“Mutations on a Theme”, by Christopher Millis. Boston Phoenix, December 2, 2005.

“With striking images, ‘Drawing Show’ leaves its mark”, by Cate McQuaid. The Boston Globe, December 23, 2005.

“Drawing Show at the Boston Center for the Arts”, by Rachel Gepner, Big, Red, and Shiny 32, December 5, 2005.

“Black and White, Yet Full of Color”, by Lennie Bennett. St. Petersburg Times, September 8, 2005.

“Tampa Bay Artists Display Their Wit”, by Lennie Bennett. St. Petersburg Times, February 13, 2005.

The Austin Chronicle, August 6, 2004, by Robi Polgar

Pittsburgh Pulp, December 11, 2003, by Alice Winn

Nashville Scene, September 11-18, 2003 (photo), by Jonathan Marx

Art Papers, May/June 2003, by Robin Dana

Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 28 and September 27, 2002

Atlanta Creative Loafing, September 4, 2002, by Felicia Feaster