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Benjamin Duke
Lansing, Michigan

Michigan State University, Assistant Professor


pages 78-81


In my paintings I ask myself "Is this the way the world is?" I reshape and retool my painting experience to answer that question.  But while the question begins with the world, it ends with the work itself: "Is this the way the world is in this work?"

The search is for the world in painting and painting in the world (painting worlds/paintings world). Am I in the world or is the world in me? I allude to my life, to writers' works, to imagery and it is my hope that this record of allusion conjures and creates the same. I am referring to text, theory, idea but I am also finding myself already there, looking out to see in.


born: 1977, Louisville, Kentucky


Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA 2006
University of Utah, BFA 2002

selected awards/honors

Intramural Research Grant: Michigan State University: 2008

selected publications

Benjamin Duke: Works 2001-2010, Garden City Press, 2010

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Cloyde Snook Gallery, Adams State College, Alamosa, CO (solo 2010)
Notwithstanding: Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago IL (solo show) 2009
We Drew a Circle and Called it an Island: Garden City Art Space,  Taipei, Taiwan (Two Person Collaborative Drawing Show) 2008

selected group shows

Coburn Gallery at Ashland University, Ashland Ohio 2010
River 2: Bitan, Taiwan ( 2009
Weak Painting Group: Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei, Taiwan 2009
Weak Painting Group:  Da Xiang Art Space, Taichung City, Taiwan 2009

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