Associate Professor of Art and Design
Office Location: 338 Fine Arts Center
Benjamin Gardner's website
Gardner's work featured on Make Space
Gardner's work featured on Beautiful/Decay
Benjamin Gardner teaches drawing at Drake University. He received his M.F.A. from Illinois State University and B.F.A. from Millikin University. Gardner has had recent solo exhibitions at Box 13 Artspace in Houston, Texas; FLUXX gallery in Des Moines, Iowa; Heavy Brow Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois. His work has also been featured in exhibitions at Design Cloud in Chicago, Illinois; Contemporary Arts Center in Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Des Moines Art Center in the exhibition Iowa Artists 2010. Gardner also teaches courses within the Honors Program at Drake.
Working with painting, drawing, woodworking, and found materials, Gardner's studio work involves research in superstition, divination, folk traditions and how these ideas relate to our identity and understanding of space and time. The implications of the individual being involved in non-scientific practices that transcend understanding or explanation are a vehicle for his studio production. To this end Gardner has been working with numerology, hex signs, mandalas, and constellations in his most recent mixed media paintings and sculptures.