Ben was born in 1977. He was raised in the rural town of Pingree, Idaho, where his love for art was nurtured from the time he was a small boy. He studied art at Ricks College graduating with a degree in Illustration.
Ben’s sculptures have been included in many juried shows throughout the country, and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. In 2018 he was awarded first place in sculpture at The Portrait Society of America’s 20th annual International Portrait Competition. In 2015, he was awarded the Gloria Medal and the Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award and in 2013, he received the Bronze Medal Award at the National Sculpture Society’s Annual Awards Exhibition. He received Best of Show Bronze for nine consecutive years (2010-2018) from SculptureWalk in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Ben was selected to compete in The National Competition for Figurative Sculpture where he was awarded the prestigious Charlotte Geffken prize in 2010 and 2011. For three consecutive years (2008-2010) he was awarded the Dexter Jones Award for his work in bas-relief from the National Sculpture Society.
Ben is also a talented portrait artist and since 2007 has completed over 25 portrait busts for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His works have found permanent homes in collections, both public and private, throughout the United States. Most recently, he completed an eight figure, over-life-size Monument for the Utah Women’s Walk. From 2011 through 2015 he completed five large sculptures for the Healing Gardens of the Methodist Women’s Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska.
Ben has taught sculpture workshops throughout the United States and is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and the California Art Club.
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