Benjamin Weil is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, he grew up playing music and learning skills from everything like music production to blacksmithing, but found a love for sculpture, performance, and installations when studying at the University of Minnesota. During his years spent in the Twin Cities, Ben participated in HECUA's Art for Social Change program in 2017. This experience excelled his confidence and body of work as an artist. The program spurred a love and interest in public, community driven art that has a larger purpose than being producing work in/for a gallery. Since then he has been learning metal craft and sculpture with the hopes of continuing to spread art through the public eye. 

EDUCATION

  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities — B.A. Urban Studies, 2018

  • Intern — Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, working on community art clean up program, 2017-2018

  • HECUA Art for Social Change program — Minneapolis, MN, spring, 2017

  • Intern and artist — In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, May Day celebration, spring 2017

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • For Getting — Radical Vulnerability, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Minneapolis, MN, March, 2017

  • Sounds of the 8th & 9th Wards — Stranger Zines, the Third Place gallery, Minneapolis, MN, March 2017

  • For Getting (performance and documentation) — In flux: resist, heal, create, Intermedia Arts, May-August, 2017

  • CAIRN (Fixity/fragility) & Puppet show! — Art for Social Change alumni show, Regis Center for Art, April, 2018

  • Catharsis — Arts Quarter Festival in collaboration with artist Madi Ballis, Regis Center for Art courtyard, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2018

  • Akin to Vomiting & A Separation of Points — 10th Annual Pour Yer Heart Out group exhibition, Crucible Nightclub, Madison, WI, February, 2019

  • A Separation of Points — Cope, drag, and core NCCCIAP group show, Sloss Metal Arts, Birmingham, AL, April, 2019

  • Akin to Vomiting — "50X50" Alumni group show, University of Minnesota Regis Center for Art, May, 2019

PROJECTS

  • Set Fabrication - Action Sequence (original play by Steve Ackerman), In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, June, 2017

  • Music Composer, It n’ Git (original play by Theresa Linnihan) — In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, MN, January, 2018

  • Guest Artist — Kids Make Sculpture, Franconia Sculpture Park, September, 2018

  • Mississippi Watershed Casting — in collaboration with Tamsie Ringler, Capitol Region Watershed District Headquarters lobby, St. Paul, MN, 2018

  • Installation Assistant — Still Life, Tamsie Ringler solo show, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN, November, 2018-February, 2019

  • Co-Captain and Iron pour assistant — Pour Yer Heart Out 11th Annual Iron Pour, Olbrich Botanical Garden, Madison, WI, February, 2020

 

IRON POURS ATTENDED

  • Iron pour technician/assistant - Franconia Sculpture Park valentine’s day iron pour, MN, February, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Star Pours, 49th annual University of Minnesota iron pour, Regis Center for Art, April, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Igneous Metal Arts, Minnesota Museum of Mining, Chisholm, MN, June, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Cambridge Fire Fest, Cambridge, WI, July, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Igneous Metal Arts public pour, Caponi Art Park, MN, July, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Down on the Farm 15th annual iron pour, Decorah, IA, July 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Franconia Sculpture Park summer public iron pour, August, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Franconia Sculpture Park summer artist iron pour, August, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Lamberton Hot Iron Days (two separate pours), Lamberton, MN, September, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Capitol Region Watershed District project for Tamsie Ringler, September, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Igneous Metal Arts artist pour, Caponi Art Park, MN, October, 2018

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — FeLion Studios 10th annual Pour Yer Heart Out iron pour, Madison, WI, 2019

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — University of Minnesota 50th Annual Iron Pour, Minneapolis, MN, May, 2019

  • Iron pour technician/assistant — Carhartt Sponsored Pour at Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee, WI, May, 2019

  • Iron pour technician/assistant —Down on the Farm 16th Annual Pour, Decorah, IA, July 2019

  • Iron pour technician/assistant —Igneous Metal Arts, Caponi Art Park, MN, August, 2019

  • Iron pour assistant — Pour Yer Heart Out 11th Annual Iron Pour, Olbrich Botanical Garden, Madison, WI, February, 2020