Statement and Bio
I use painting to look closer and explore my environment, experiences, and ideas. In an effort to materialize a fleeting moment or feeling, something entirely new is born. This process never ceases to excite, frustrate, and intrigue me. Painting makes me look at the rest of the world as artwork and my paintings are a response to (or a failed imitation of) the real thing.
Socially engaged projects and teaching are integral components of my artistic practice. Working with, learning from, and sharing experiences with others motivates other aspects of my work and allows me to better contextualize my role as an artist.
Ben Hamburger is an artist and educator based in New Orleans, LA. Hamburger holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Hamburger has led workshops and taught courses in schools, universities, art centers, museums, correctional facilities, and nonprofit organizations around the United States, as well as Bolivia, Thailand, and India. Hamburger has attended artist residencies at Sustainable Bolivia in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Joshua Tree Highlands Residency in Joshua Tree, CA. His work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions around the country at locations including the Maryhill Museum of Art, The San Bernardino County Museum, Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, and the Western Carolina University Art Museum. Hamburger’s work has been covered by Indy Week, The News and Observer, Voice of America, Tampa Bay Times, and The Baltimore Sun. Hamburger is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University and teaches painting at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art. He can frequently be found painting around New Orleans and in his space at Mid City Artist Studios.