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Benjamin Bellas

Assistant Professor of Art/on leave, fall semester, 2014
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1998
  • M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2005

Benjamin Bellas stages subtle interventions and gestures within the everyday in an attempt to understand the experience of understanding; cognition itself. Bellas has exhibited his work nationally and internationally at various venues such as Contemporary Istanbul; Track 16, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; la Space, Hong Kong; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.  He is the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund Award, School of the Art Institute Faculty Enhancement Grant, and Illinois Art Council International Artist Grant. He has been awarded residencies at Redux Contemporary Art Center, 1a space, and the Contemporary Artists Center.  His writing has been published in journals such as Cadillac Cicatrix and Drain Magazine. He holds a BA in Studio Arts with minors in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.