Painters & Sculptors Program 2019 Paul Stephen Benjamin

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Paul Stephen Benjamin

Atlanta, GA

Paul Stephen Benjamin received a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MFA from Georgia State University. Most recently, Benjamin exhibited in the 2019 Havana Biennial in Matanzas, Cuba, and had a solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY. He’s been included in solo and group exhibitions at a variety of institutions and art spaces, including Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (2018); Telfair Museum Jepson Center, Savannah, GA (2018); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta (2017); The High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2016); among others. He has received a range of awards and fellowships, including The Distinguished Hambidge Fellowship 2019, Southern Art Prize 2018, The State Fellow of Georgia 2018, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Fellow 2017, Artadia Award 2014, and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award. Benjamin is a 2019 finalist for the distinguished Hudgens Prize in Georgia.

“My art practice has always consisted of looking at the past as it relates to the present and future. Mining history that begins with The Civil Rights Movement is the origin of my research. My work frames protest and patriotism side by side.”

  • Come Over, Come Over Shall We/We Shall Over Come, 2016, tvs, dvd players, power cords, black extension cords, black multi-outlet cords, 10 x 14 x 5 feet

  • Black is the Color, 2019, TVs, digital players, power cords, black extension cords, black multi-outlet cords, 12 x 18 x 6 feet

  • H. Res 194, 2018, fluorescent light fixture, black lights T8, black power cords, black extension cords and black multi-outlet, 12 x 24.5 feet

  • Black Cotton Flag Made in Georgia, 2019, black cotton fabric, black flag pole, 14 x 27 x 6 feet

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.