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The Birth of the Universe

Flower City Arts Center
Event organized by Flower City Arts Center

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Exhibition Dates: April 6th - April 30th, 2018 in Printmaking & Book Arts, Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY
Reception: Friday, April 6th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Printmaking & Book Arts, Flower City Arts Center, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY

Join us for the opening reception of The Birth of the Universe. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on street and in the lot across from Flower City Arts Center. These large scale original pen and ink works (22.5"x30") will be available for sale.

Ben's journey as a “thingmaker” (he doesn't like the word artist) began with Saturday classes at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. In college, he found his way to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, where he studied ceramics with Hall Riegger and sculpture with Gene Kloszewski. After graduating from Keene College he worked for a few months as an assistant to the school's Director, Fran Merritt.

Ben studied conceptual art with Carl Florsheim at Temple University, where he received an MFA in sculpture. After graduation, he and his wife Evelyn joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Afghanistan.

Upon his return to the US, he took a position as an instructor at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri, where he became interested in Zen meditation. He moved to Rochester in 1972 to join the Zen Center and spent 25 years balancing career, family and volunteer work in refugee resettlement.

In 1997 he began working on a series of black-and-white drawings called “The Birth of the Universe”, some of which are being shown here.