Benjamin Zellmer Bellas b. 1976

Benjamin Bellas was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1976. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Studio Arts with minors in Art History and Philosophy and a 2005 graduate of The School of Art Institute Chicago's MFA program. He has participated in residencies at the Roger Brown Residency, New Buffalo, MI; Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC; 1a space, Hong Kong; and the Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA. He has shown at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI; ARC gallery, Chicago, IL; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; tactile-BOSCH Gallery, Cardiff, UK; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis, MO; Garage Projects, Atlanta, GA; and Contemporary Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey. Bellas has exhibited numerous solo and group works in the US and Europe.


Bellas has spoken at venues like the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Oregon, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. He has exhibited his own artistic work in Canada, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. He has shown his work in group exhibitions in spaces like the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh), 1a space (Hong Kong), the Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki, Finland), and the Florean Museum of Contemporary Art (Baia Mare, Romania). In 2012, he won the Franklin Furnace Fund for his work, and he has been featured in The Washington Post, WAMU NPR, and Sculpture Magazine.


He lives and works in Miami, Florida.