Paul Stephen Benjamin

Education

2013   
Master of Fine Art in Studio, Concentration in Sculpture, Welch School of Art and Design Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

1988    
Bachelor of Art, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

Selected Solo / Two-Person Exhibitions

2016    
Poem 88, God Bless America, Atlanta GA
High Museum of Art, Black is the Color, Atlanta GA Michael Rooks
The Department of Cultural Affairs: City of Atlanta Gallery 72, Come Over, Atlanta, GA Kevin Sipp             
2014    
Georgia Perimeter College, Black is a Color Clarkston, GA

2013    
Georgia State University, DAEL (Digital Art and Entertainment Lab) Window Project, Atlanta, GA
Georgia State University Welch Gallery, Plot and Escape, Atlanta, GA

2010    
Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, Between Here and There, Atlanta, GA Curator Karen Comer Lowe
Concordia University Chicago, Ferguson Gallery, Antiques and Heirlooms, River Forest, IL

2009    
Swan Coach House Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, G2: Transformations, Atlanta, GA             
Nicole Gallery, Between Here and There, Chicago, IL
 
2008    
University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign, Alice Campbell Alumni Center, Between Here and There, Champaign, IL
2007    
Chicago State University, A Cut Above: Collages with Spirit, Chicago, IL
2006    
University of Illinois African American Cultural Center, Defining the Lines of Color: A Patriotic view of America, Chicago, IL
2005    
University of Illinois, Montgomery Ward Gallery, The Traveler, Chicago, IL
2004    
Tall Grass Arts Foundation, Collaged Image, Park Forrest, IL

University of Illinois Montgomery Ward Gallery, New Works, Chicago, IL
2003    
ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Sound, Chicago, IL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015    
The Luminary, Sporadic Democracy: Somebody Else’s Problem, St. Louis, MO Curators James McAnally and Rachel Reese
Whitespace Gallery, Short Shorts 2015: Somebody Else’s Problem, Atlanta, GA Curator Rachel Reese
2014    
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Coloring, Atlanta, GA Curator Stuart Horodner
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Exquisite Corpse, Atlanta, GA Curator Joey Orr 
2013    
Fieldwork Contemporary, On Paper, Pittsburgh, PA Curator Ayanah Moor

University of Chicago Logan Center For The Arts, Diasporal Rhythms, Chicago, IL Curator Joyce Owens

Tubman Museum of African American Art, One City, Macon, GA Curator Jeffrey Bruce

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Decatur Book Festival, Word, Atlanta, GA, Curator Stuart Horodner

Hudgens Center for the Arts, The Fowler Gallery, The Dream: Five Artist, Five Voices, Duluth, GA Curator Angela Nichols
2011    
Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater Gallery, The Painted Photograph, Atlanta, GA Curator Lisa Tuttle
Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, G2: Transformations, Atlanta, GA

Texas Tech University Landmark Gallery, Bring It, Lubbock, TX
2010    
Swan Coach House Gallery, Little Things Mean a Lot, Atlanta, GA Curator Marianne B. Lambert
South Suburban College, The Lee E. Dulgar Gallery, Interpretations, South Holland, IL Curator Julian Williams
2009    
Southside Community Art Center, In the Community of Others, Chicago, IL Curator Faheem Majeed

Swan Coach House Gallery, Little Things Mean a Lot, Atlanta, GA Curator Marianne B. Lambert

Cultural Art Center of Douglasville/Douglas County Douglas, GA Curator Annette Cone Skelton

Tubman African American Museum, Urban Chrysaliosis, Macon, GA Curator Michael Scoffield

Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Dissolving Stereotypes/Forging New Dialogues: An Exhibition Beyond Race, Atlanta, GA Curator Larry Walker
Madison Morgan Cultural Center, The Reclamation of Memory, Madison, GA Curator Lynn Marshall Linnemeier
2008    
Hyde Park Art Center, Not Just a Pretty Face, Chicago, IL

South Shore Arts: The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, The Daniel Texidor Parker Collection, Munster, IN
Museum of Science and Industry, Black Creativity, Chicago, IL
 2007    
Orleans Street Art Gallery, Re-Fuse, St. Charles, IL Curator Anni Holm .
Spruill Gallery, Looks Good on Paper, Atlanta, GA

ARC Gallery, Re-Assignments: Creative Changes, Chicago, IL

Susan Woodson Gallery Chicago, IL
Swan Coach House Gallery, Constructed Images: The Art of Collage, Atlanta, GA

City of Atlanta Dept. of Cultural Affairs, 2007 Pinup Show, Atlanta, GA Curator Freddie Styles
City of Evanston Noyes Cultural Art Center, Personal Journeys, Evanston, IL
2006    
Southside Community Art Center, A.Q: After Qualls, Chicago, IL Curator Faheem Majeed
Museum of Science and Industry, Black Creativity, Chicago, IL
2005     
Orleans Street Gallery, African American: Contemporary                 Conceptions, St. Charles, IL Curator Anni Holm
Gallery Romain, Color Me Black and White, Chicago, IL

South Shore Cultural Center Chicago, IL

Southside Community Art Center, Reconnect, Chicago, IL
Museum of Science and Industry, Black Creativity, Chicago, IL

Fourth Presbyterian Gallery, Hot Images for Cold Times, Chicago, IL Curator Joyce Owens
Tall Grass Fine Arts Gallery, Park Forest, IL
South Shore Cultural Center, Cultural Journeys, Chicago, IL

Susan Woodson Gallery, Chicago, IL
2004   
Vietnam Museum, CAC Chicago Art Open 2004, Chicago, IL

South Shore Cultural Center, Daniel T. Parker Collection, Chicago, IL
Susan Woodson Gallery Chicago, IL 
2003    
Galleria Samuel Menache Mexico City, Mexico

Gallery 415, Blues, Jazz, Dance...That’s Chicago, Chicago, IL Curator Ed Paschke 

Tall Grass Fine Arts Gallery, Park Forest, IL
 
Awards
Working Artist Project MOCA GA Finalist
Artadia The Fund for Art and Dialogue 2014 Recipient
Winnie C. Chandler Art and Design Fellowship
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program
Museum of Science and Industry
Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award
Diasporal Rhythms Artist Recognition Award
Hambidge Fellow
Louis Comfort Tiffany Nominee
 
Lectures
Savanah College of Art and Design with Gail O’Neill, Atlanta, GA
Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Gallery 72 with Kevin Sipp, Atlanta, GA
Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston, GA
Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Concordia University Chicago, Ferguson Gallery, River Forest, IL
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Dissolving Stereotypes/Forging New Dialogues: An Exhibition Beyond Race, Atlanta, GA with Larry Walker
Madison Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA
Swan Coach House Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, with Marianne Lambert , Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Looking Closely at a Work of Art with Stuart Horodner, Isolde Brielmaier and Jason Fancisco
 
Bibliography
Amirkhani, Jordan. "Paul Stephen Benjamin: God Bless America." Daily Serving, Sept 2016
Emerson, Bo. "Atlanta Contemporary Museum of Art Celebrates Three Artists." Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sept 2016 
O’Neill, Gail. “Paul Stephen Benjamin’s: Come Over Beckons Viewers to Collapse Past, Present and Future.” ArtsATL, Mar 2016
Robinson, Shantay. “Studies in Blackness: Paul Stephen Benjamin at the High Museum and Gallery 72.” Burnaway, Mar 2016
Manuel, Faron. “Come Over: Paul Stephen Benjamin Interview with Faron Manuel.” Black Art in America, Mar 2016
Vega, Muriel. “Paul Stephen Benjamin Explores the Color Black.” Creative Loafing, Feb 2016
Moshayedi, Aram. “Art and Dialogue: Atlanta Summary from Aram Moshayedi.” Artadia.org June 2015
Caudell, Sherri. “Exquisite Exhibit: An Exercise in Collaboration at ATL Contemporary.” Burnaway, Oct 2014
Rojas, Carl. “Studio Visit: Paul Stephen Benjamin.” Burnaway, Apr 2014
Cash, Stephanie. “Artadia Awards to Atlanta Artists” Burnaway, Apr 2014
Johns, Myke. “Bringing Coloring to the Contemporary.” NPR’s WABE, Mar 2014
Rojas, Carl. “Five Shades of Color at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.” Burnaway, Jan 2014
 
 



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