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 Georgia State University. Benjamin is a recent receipient of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artist Project. Benjamin will exhibit new works in 2017 at the MOCA GA as a part of the award. Benjamin was also recipient of the 2014 Artadia Award. In 2016 Benjamin’s new video God Bless America will be on exhibit at Poem 88 through October 29, 2016. In 2016 Benjamin also exhibited Black is the Color at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. His work has been on exhibit at the Mayor Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta, Georgia. Among his awards to date are the MOCA GA WAP, Artadia Award 2014, Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Diasporal Rhythms Artists Recognition Award, Hambidge Fellowship, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award.
Opening Reception Friday, September 22nd from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm at MOCA GA!
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.