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BEN DALLAS Studio - Chicago, IL     EMAIL: ben@bendallas.com




Significant art surprises and confounds us by escaping conventionalized appearances or identities devised to accomplish some specified purpose; this includes the conventions of art itself. As a result, its quality is directly dependent on its ability to evoke some degree of vagueness and incompleteness that forces us to feel and contemplate the unfamiliar. This experience usually reveals more than it reinforces. Because they do this, good art works are like visions even when they have no aspirations to revelation or prophecy. A visionís look is unexpected and holds your attention for as long as it remains a vision. To stay alive it must be stronger and more demanding than the satisfaction and assurance felt from believing you understand it or from knowing what it is; this we determine later after the experience. Attributing its appearance to metaphor or symbol or finding the patterns within yourself that remind you of something like it will break the visionís spell, so it works to deny our ability to do this while itís in our presence. Without equals, it resists resolution and clarity, as it doesnít seem to belong to the world as it is. Instead, it partially brings the past to a close and redirects what will be by adding itself to our experience. I work to make objects that function as visions.

-Ben Dallas      


GALLERY REPRESENTATION:
ELIZABETH LEACH GALLERY - 417 N.W. 9th Avenue PORTLAND, OR 97209 (503) 224-0521   site
LOVELY FINE ARTS - Deborah Lovely     EMAIL: dlovely@att.net

EDUCATION:
B.A. History of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1969
M.A. History of Art, University of Illinois, Chcmpaign, IL 1971

EMPLOYMENT:
Professor of Art, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL 1974 to 2001
Staff Lecturer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1972 to 74

DISTINCTIONS:
Artist Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE, Spring 2006
YADDO Residency, New York, Sept.- Nov. 2004
Hungarian Multicultural Center Residency, Hungary, July,2004
Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 2002
Artist in Residence, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, 2001
Artist Fellowship Finialist Award, Illinois Arts Council, 2001
Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 1998
Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 1995
ICIS (Illinois Consortium for International Studies) Faculty, Visiting Artist
Christ Church College, Canterbury, UK 1995 ICIS Faculty, London, 1987
Fullbright-Hayes Fellowship, Belgium and The Netherlands, 1976

EXHIBITIONS

ONE PERSON:
BEN DALLAS - BREAKING EVEN, Michelle Litvin In Process Space, Chicago, IL June 2008
BEN DALLAS - SERIAL WORKS, LIPA Gallery, Chicago, IL. Feb. 2006  review
BEN DALLAS - RECENT WORKS, Harper College, Palatine, IL Sept. 2005
BEN DALLAS - GRADIENTS, Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA Jan. 2003
BEN DALLAS Mainsite Contemporary Art, Norman, OK 2001
BEN DALLAS Studio Exhibition, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, 2001
BEN DALLAS -LOUD Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL Sept. 2000
BEN DALLAS -DIMENSIONAL WORKS Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR Mar.2000
BEN DALLAS Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL Nov. 1999
BEN DALLAS- WALL WORKS Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR Nov. 1998
BEN DALLAS- RECENT WORKS Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL July-Sept 1998   image    review
BEN DALLAS Wood Street Gallery , Chicago, IL Sept. 1998
BEN DALLAS Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN Feb. 1998
BEN DALLAS Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA June 1996
BEN DALLAS Christ Church College, Canterbury, UK Dec. 1995
BEN DALLAS Harper College, Palatine, IL Mar. 1991

COLLABORATIVE:
DAA MORE THAN ONE, Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL Dec. 2006
DAA DOUBLE VISION Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Or. Sept. 2003
DAA RECENT WORKS- LIPA Gallery, Chicago, IL Sept. 2004

2/3 PERSON:
MIKE FAMOUS/BEN DALLAS, THE FACTOR OF PLACE, Michelle Litvin In Process Space, Chicago, IL Sept. 2008
T HERE - BEN DALLAS + JB DANIEL Lobby Gallery / NAB Gallery, Chicago, IL, Sept. 2005
PAINTING- BEN DALLAS/TIM VAN LAAR New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN Aug.- Sept. 2002   image
THE DIRECTIVE OBJECT- DALLAS AND KARRASCH Gallerie im Saalbau, Berlin, Oct. 2001   image
BEN DALLAS/VALERIE GILMAN Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL Feb. 2000
DALLAS, CLARK, AND POLLOCK Loyola University, Chicago, IL Jan. 2000
BEN DALLAS AND MICHAEL KOZIEN College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL July, 1999
DALLAS, GEICHMAN, AND POWELL Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL Mar. 1997   review
BEAUTY AND THE THREE Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL May, 1997
Bradley University, Peoria, IL Aug. 1997
BEN DALLAS/MICHAEL HOPKINS Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL Mar. 1996   review
TWO PAINTERS: DALLAS AND MATALAN Baylor University, June 1994
SHAPES OF SURFACE- DALLAS, POLLOCK AND RIZZO Wood Street Gallery Chicago, IL Sept. 1996   image
ABSTRACTION -THE IMPLIED RULE- DALLAS AND ANDERSON NAB Gallery, Chicago, IL 1993

SELECT GROUP:
SERENE, CALM, ETC- DALLAS, HAVLIS, BURLEIGH, NANCE KAPOOR, POLLOCK UkraInian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL Oct.- Nov. 2004
8TH ANNUAL SUMMER SUMMIT- POETOVIO, SLOVENIA, L.I.P.A. Gallery Sept. 2004
ALL OR NOTHING L.I.P.A. Gallery, Chicago, IL Mar. 2003
PUSH/PULL Chicago, IL Oct. 2002
CHICAGO ART EXPO Elizabeth Leach Gallery, May, 2002
ABSTRACT TRUTHS Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale, IL, Jan. 2002
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ART EXPOSITION (Elizabeth Leach Gallery) Jan. 2002
CONTEMPORARY LANDSCAPE Davidson Gallery, Seattle, WA 2001
LAYERINGS Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR 2001
INSTINCT Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA 1999
CONTEMPORARY ABSTRACTION- CHICAGO Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL 1999
SMALL SIGNIFICANT SCULPTURE -Ben Dallas, K. Hamanishi, Richard Hunt, Rob Lorenson, E. Maakestad, Bruce White, Deborah Lovely Fine Arts, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 1999
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ART EXPOSITION (Elizabeth Leach Gallery) 1999
THE CONSCIOUS LINE Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID 1999
SMALL WONDERS San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, San Francisco, CA 1996
SHAPE SHOW Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR 1996
WANDERLUST-ABSTRACTION IN CHICAGO A.R.C. Gallery 1995
THOUGHT MANIFESTED-3D WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL 1995
FASSBENDER GALLERY GROUP SHOW Chicago, IL 1995
RHONA HOFFMAN GALLERY GROUP SHOW Chicago, IL 1995
ABSTRACT CHICAGO Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL 1993
SMALL WORKS INTERNATIONAL Amos-Eno Gallery, New York, NY 1992


REVIEWS:

"BEN DALLAS - Serial Works" - Alan G. Artner, Tribune Art Critic - Chicago Tribune April, 18 2006

"BEN DALLAS" - Tim Van Laar - Catalog Essay, Elizabeth Leach Gallery 2001

"BEN DALLAS: Recent Works" - Ed Maldonado - Chicago Cultural Center 1998

"Making Strange" - Fred Camper, Art Critic - Chicago Reader March, 27 1997

"The act of making their marks" - Alan G. Artner, Tribune Art Critic - Chicago Tribune April, 18 1996







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