ARTIST STATEMENT Whether a small room or a vast city, space is redefined from moment to moment. Inhabitants come and go, leaving their mark and altering their surroundings in a never-ending cycle. This is particularly evident in larger urban environments, where the populations, landscapes and economic conditions are constantly evolving.
I am fascinated not only with the evolution of spaces, but also with conveying that evolution on a two-dimensional surface. I’ve been particularly focused on the impact of time and change on a given space.
I begin with impressions of a space and apply a constructive process that adds a sense of past and future. Layering and mark-making are used to explore the dynamics of history and vitality, expansion and growth, and action and change. Combining and splicing source images allows for the representation of multiple views or subjects simultaneously. Manipulation, collage and varied states of completion create a sense of impermanence and further convey the passage of time. With this process, I hope to convey spaces as the alive, active subjects they are.
BIOGRAPHY Ben Schwab grew up in the Midwest and currently lives and works in upstate New York. He earned his MFA in Painting from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Ben’s work has been featured in gallery and university exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada. His work is in the permanent collections of PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Barkan Companies, Sheraton (Denver), Hub50House, Brandywine Realty Trust, Courier Corporation, TMA Systems, The Windsor Companies, and Hancock Whitney Bank. Ben has long been fascinated with the dynamics of cities, which allow him to simultaneously observe decay and vitality, expansion and contraction, and history and impermanence. He uses layering and mark-making to explore these themes, and by combining and manipulating images, he captures multiple views and introduces a sense of abstraction. The result is a place that is both familiar and unfamiliar, blurring the lines between “here” and “there” and creating an experience that is unique for each viewer.
Education 2001-2005 Master of Fine Arts, Painting Indiana University; Bloomington, Indiana- Studied under the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship 1996-2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting Missouri State University; Springfield, Missouri
Selected Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions 2018 Ben Schwab: Invisible Cities, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2017 Ben Schwab: Alumni Solo Exhibition-The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Philadelphia, Pennsylvania TBD: James Thatcher & Ben Schwab-The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Main Gallery-Troy, New York 2016 In Praise Of Shadows: Ben Schwab-Wilson Art Gallery, Le Moyne College Syracuse, New York Neighborhood Connection: Ben Schwab-Saratoga Arts Center, Reception Gallery-Saratoga Springs, New York 2011 YOU ARE HERE: Ben Schwab: New Work– The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Foyer Gallery-Troy, New York sub/urban: Scott Foster & Ben Schwab – Clement Gallery-Troy, New York 2010 Marjorie Derrick & Ben Schwab– Saratoga County Arts Council, The Arts Center Gallery-Saratoga Springs, New York Ben Schwab & Keith Sandman – PrattMWP Arts Institute, School of Art Gallery Utica, New York Dana Clancy & Ben Schwab -Lake George Arts Project, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, New York 2009 Ben Schwab & Blake Shirley-Albany Center Gallery-Albany, New York Graphite: Ben Schwab -Gross McCleaf Gallery-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ALB to NRT: Ben Schwab - University of Rochester, The Gallery at the Art & Music Library-Rochester, New York 2008 ALB to NRT: Ben Schwab- Siena College, Yates Gallery-Loudonville, New York 2006 Interior/Exterior: Ben Schwab and Steven Fishman- Benoliel Gallery at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2003 Occupied Space: Ben Schwab-Joseph Gierek Fine Art-Tulsa, Oklahoma
Selected Group Exhibitions 2017Artists of the Mohawk-Hudson Region-The Hyde Collection-Glens Falls, NY, Juror Michael Oatman, Associate Professor, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute
2016 The Cityscape Show VI-George Billis Gallery LA-Los Angeles, California Space & Time-Lapham Gallery, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council-GlensFalls, NY 30th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition-Saratoga Arts Center Faculty Exhibition: Center for Art & Design-The College of Saint Rose, Massry Art Gallery-Albany, New York 2015 Realism Vs Abstraction-Lapham Gallery, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council -Glens Falls, New York; Juror Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions, Saratoga Arts Center Upstate Artists-Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville, New York; Juror John van Alstine The Cityscape Show V-George Billis Gallery LA-Los Angeles, California 2014 Industrial Beauty-George Billis Gallery-New York, New York Between the Boroughs-George Billis Gallery-New York, New York The Cityscape Show IV-George Billis Gallery LA-Los Angeles, California Faculty Exhibition: Center for Art & Design-The College of Saint Rose, Massry Art Gallery-Albany, New York 2013 New Directions ‘13-Barrett Art Center-Poughkeepsie, New York; Juror Susan Sayre Batton, Managing Director, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, New York 2012 The Cityscape Show II-George Billis Gallery LA-Los Angeles, California Faculty Exhibition: Center for Art & Design-The College of Saint Rose, Massry Art Gallery-Albany, New York The View from 915-Philadelphia Center for Architecture-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2011 The Cityscape Show-George Billis Gallery LA-Los Angeles, California Drawing-Gross McCleaf Gallery-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Annual National Juried Exhibition-Academy of Fine Arts-Lynchburg, Virginia; Juror George Billis of George Billis Gallery, New York 2010 Dear Fleisher-Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Faculty Exhibition: Center for Art & Design-The College of Saint Rose, Massry Art Gallery-Albany, New York Considering the City-Work • Detroit Gallery-University of Michigan-Detroit, Michigan; Curator Charlie Michels 18th Annual Juried Exhibition-Bowery Gallery-New York, New York; Juror Rackstraw Downes
Fellowships, Grants and Awards 2016 Saratoga Arts Community Arts Grant-Saratoga Arts-Saratoga Springs, New York 2015 Residency Fellowship-Vermont Studio Center Sabbatical Leave Grant-The College of Saint Rose-Albany, New York Juror’s Award-Realism Vs Abstraction-Lapham Gallery, Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council-Glens Falls, New York; Juror Elizabeth Dubben, Director of Exhibitions, Saratoga Arts Center 2014 Professional Development Grant-The College of Saint Rose-Albany, New York 2012 Professional Development Grant-The College of Saint Rose-Albany, New York 2011 Best In Show Award-Annual National Juried Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts- Lynchburg, Virginia; Juror George Billis of George Billis Gallery, New York Scholars & Artists Grant-The College of Saint Rose-Albany, New York Professional Development Grant-The College of Saint Rose-Albany, New York 2010 Scholars & Artists Grant-The College of Saint Rose-Albany, New York