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WAP: Paul Stephen Benjamin
11am - 5pm
About Paul Stephen Benjamin
Paul Stephen Benjamin received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA from The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. Benjamin is a recent recipient of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artist Project. Benjamin will have solo and group exhibitions in 2017 at MOCA GA , The Hyde Park Art Center, The Studio Museum In Harlem and in 2018 at the Telfair Museum’s Jepson Center in Savannah, GA. In 2016 Benjamin exhibited Black is the Color at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA and his video installation God Bless America at Poem 88. Among his awards to date are the NBAF Visual Artist Award, MOCA GA WAP, Artadia Art Award, Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Hambidge Fellowship, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award.
The Working Artist Project
This round of Working Artist Project was curated by René Morales, Curator, Perez Art Museum, Miami, Florida.
René Morales received degrees in Art History from Swarthmore College and Brown University. He has been a curator at the Perez Art Museum Miami—previously known as Miami Art Museum—since 2005. In 2014, he organized the museum’s current collection display Global Positioning Systems. Morales organized three well-received exhibitions for the opening of PAMM in 2013—Amelia Peláez: The Craft of Modernity, A Human Document: Selections from the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, andMonika Sosnowska: Market. Recent exhibitions he has organized include a survey of the work of Miami-based painter Victoria Gitman, a discursive installation by Marjetica Potrc, a project that incorporates live parrots by the Rotterdam-based artist pair Bik Van der Pol, a site-specific sculptural work by Miami-based artist Nicolas Lobo, and a selection of Romare Bearden’s 1964 Photostat works. Morales is currently working on newly commissioned projects with Sarah Oppenheimer and Susan Hiller, as well as a major survey of the work of Dara Friedman. Prior to working at PAMM, Morales worked at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.
Major funding provided by the Charles Loridans Foundation and the Antinori Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Special thanks to Lifecycle Building Center and American Insulated Glass for providing in-kind material donations for this exhibition.