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Selected Works Exhibitions Biography Press


Born in Hawthorne, Nevada, 1977
Lives in Oakland, CA


B.F.A. in Painting, California College of the Arts, 2004
M.F.A. Stanford University, 2014

Solo Exhibitions

Modelo Ciudadano, The Lab Program, Mexico City
Curated by Jim Ricks

Nebraska, Ratio 3, San Francisco

The Pilgrim’s Progress, Ratio 3, San Francisco

The Ownership Society, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles
You Build It, We Burn It, Ratio 3, San Francisco

News at 11, G Fine Art, Washington DC

The War of the Roses, Ratio 3, San Francisco

Bedroom Community, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston 
Boxes, 667 Shotwell, San Francisco

Ben Peterson, Door 7 Gallery, Oakland, CA 

Group Exhibitions

Hollows, Basket Books & Art, Houston, TX
Summer 2022 Exhibition, 57W57WArts, New York, NY
BARRO, Materia Studio, Mexico City, Mexico
Sea Change, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
New Material, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA

Way Bay, Berkeley Art Museum/ PFA, Berkeley, CA  

The Present Tense, Ratio 3, San Francisco
Chevalier, Stable Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
Detritus, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA
The Stand, P! Gallery, New York, NY

Half Tilt Full Lean, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford, CA

PLOT : PLAN : PROCESS: Works on Paper from the 1960s to Now, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York, NY
Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art

Spot Check, Academy Contemporary, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, NY

Locally Localized Gravity, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Recent Acquisitions Exhibit, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Alpha, Ratio 3, San Francisco
This Place is Ours, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Panic Room, DESTE Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece

Sprawl, Haley Martin Gallery, San Francisco
Out of Place, Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles
Strange Architecture, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco
Much Madness is Divinest Sense, Cohan and Leslie, New York City

Color Wheel Oblivion, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Collector's Edition, Triple Base, San Francisco 
Majority Whip, White Box, New York City

Our Hospitality, Adobe Bookstore, San Francisco 
Phantom Arch, White Columns, New York City 
Visual Alchemy- Phase 2, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland 
Thee Magick Boxx, Ratio 3, New York City 
Taqueria Cancun, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston

Color Wheel Oblivion (exhibition catalogue), Milan, Italy: Marealla Arte Contemporanea, 2004.
Gaston, Diana. "Boston." Art on Paper, vol. 7, no. 6 (April 2003), p. 70
Kurtz, Katie. “You Build It, We Burn It - Review.” San Francisco Bay Guardian, vol. 40, no. 26, March 29 – April 4, 2006, p. 52.
Martin, Lucy. “Ben Peterson at Ratio 3.” Artweek, vol. 37, issue 4 (May 2006), pp. 13,14.
McQuaid, Cate. "Artist's metaphors..." The Boston Globe, January 17, 2003, p. C19.
Myers, Julian. “Ben Peterson.” Frieze, issue 100 (June-July-August 2006), p. 277.
Orden. Abraham. "Ben Peterson." ArtReview (June 2006), p. 117.
Orden, Abraham. "San Francisco Days." Artnet
Orden, Abraham. “Aperto San Francisco.” Flash Art, vol. 38, no. 243, July – September 2005, pp. 71-72.
Pagel, David. “The instability of American culture.” Los Angeles Times, May 12, 2006, p. E24.
Parcellin, Paul. "The Out of Towners." RETRO-ROCKET
Pollock, Barbara. “Phantom Arch.” Time Out New York, no. 407, (July 17–24, 2003), p. 78.
The Progressive Corporation 2005 Annual Report, Cleveland, OH, pp. 12, 27.
Swanhyuser, Hiya. “Drawing Your Attention.” SF Weekly, vol. 25, no. 9, March 29 – April 4, 2006, pg. 24.

Residencies and Awards

Eureka Fellowship, Fleishhacker Foundation

Pew Fellowship in the Arts

Ujazadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Berkeley Art Museum
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Deutsche Bank
DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA
The Bayer Collection of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA
JP Morgan Chase Art Collection
The Progressive Art Collection, Cleveland, OH