About

Benjamin Madeska is an award-winning artist who has been included in more than 60 regional, national, and international exhibitions. His work primarily engages the tradition of still life painting with a focus on the formal qualities of the subjects. These paintings feature realistic renderings and stripped-down compositions that explore the relationship between abstraction and representation. He received his bachelor degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He lives and works in Chicago.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017
    • Biennial Juried Exhibition – Five Points Gallery, Torrington CT
      Juror: Joe Fig, Artist
    • Themeless, Whitdel Arts x Marygrove College – The Gallery at Marygrove College, Detroit MI
    • Art for Life Chicago – Venue One, Chicago IL
    • 11th Annual National Juried Exhibition – Arts & Culture Alliance, Knoxville TN
      Juror: Dorothy M. Habel, Professor emerita, School of Art, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN
    • 5th Annual Invitational Exhibition “Visions 2017: Food for Thought” – High Point University, High Point NC
      Juror: Greg Shelnutt, Department of Art Chair, Clemson University, Clemson SC
  •  2016
    • 13th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition – Freeport Art Museum, Freeport IL
      Juror: Sergio Gomez, Artist, Owner and Director, Gallery 33, Chicago IL
    • 36th Annual Juried Competition, A Sense of Place – Gertrude Herbert Art Institute, Augusta GA
      Juror: Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art in Atlanta GA
    • 29th September Competition – Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria LA
      Juror: Francis Pavy, Artist
    • 10x10x10xTieton – Mighty Tieton, Tieton WA
      Jurors: Adam Gildar, Owner and Director, Gildar Gallery, Denver CO; Susanna Crum, Assistant Professor of Fine Art – Printmaking, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany IN; Rodolfo Salgado, Adjunct Faculty, Kentucky College of Art and Design, Louisville KY
    • American Landscapes – Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD
      Juror: Liza Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
    • Jax Juried Exhibition – Jacksonville Center for the Arts, Floyd VA
      Juror: Stefanie Fedor, Executive Director, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond VA
    • The Thing of It Is – Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT
      Juror: Eric Aho, Artist
    • City at Night – Random Acts of Gallery, Chicago IL
    • Gateway to Imagination: National Juried Art Competition – Farmington Museum, Farmington NM
      Juror: BettyAnn Mocek, Professor of Art and Director of the Ferguson Art Gallery, Concordia University, Chicago IL
    • 2016 Emerald Spring Exhibition – Emerald Art Center, Springfield OR
      Juror: Barbara Jaenicke, Artist
    • 2016 BAAC National Juried Exhibition – Batesville Area Arts Council, Batesville AR
      Juror: Joe Ford, Assistant Professor of Digital Design, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro AR
    • 27th Annual Juried Show – Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas NV
      Juror: Mary Leigh Cherry, Co-Founder, Cherry and Martin Gallery, Los Angeles CA
    • NEXT Up – NEXT Gallery, Denver CO
      Jurors: Amber Cobb, Artist; Thadeaous Mighell, Executive Assistant and Business Manager, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver CO
    • 6th Annual Juried Exhibition – Gallery 110, Seattle WA
      Juror: Melissa Feldman, Independent curator and Writer, Distinguished Visiting Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA
    • 2016 Invitational Show – Conroe Art League, Conroe TX
      Juror: Francesca Fuchs, Artist and Head of Painting Department, Glassell School of Art, Houston TX
    • 8th National Juried Show – Prince Street Gallery, New York NY
      Juror: Graham Nickson, Artist and Dean, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, New York NY
    • 5th 12×12: National Exhibition of Small-Scale Works of Art – Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro TN
      Juror: Armon Means, Assistant Professor of Photography, Coastal Carolina University, Conway SC
  • 2015
    • 5th Annual Armstrong National 2-D Exhibition – Armstrong State University, Savannah GA
      Juror: David Griffin, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Albany Museum of Art, Albany GA
    • 2015 Regional Juried Art Exhibition –  Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau MO
      Juror: James F. Wilson, Artist
    • 12th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition – Freeport Art Museum, Freeport IL
      Juror: Dawn Wohlford-Metallo, Visual Arts Director, Quad City Arts, Rock Island IL
    • Small Works 2015 – Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs NY
      Juror: Rebecca Rafferty, Art Critic and Writer
    • 93rd Annual All Media Exhibition – Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor MI
      Juror: Cristen Velliky, Associate Professor of Art, University of Michigan-Flint, Flint MI
    • New Directions ’15, 29th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition – Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY
      Juror: Janet Bishop, Weisel Family Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA
    • 24th Annual Juried Competition – Bowery Gallery, New York NY
      Juror: Stephen Westfall, Painter, Critic, and Professor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
    • 2015 Biennial Quad State Exhibition – Quincy Art Center, Quincy IL
      Juror: Miranda Krajniak, Executive Director, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids MI
    • 26th International Juried Exhibition – Viridian Artists, New York NY
      Juror: Lauren Hinkson, Curator, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York NY
    • Logan Square Arts Festival – Chicago IL
    • Michigan Fine Arts Competition – Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham MI
      Juror: Joseph Winterhalter, Artist
    • A Taste of Art – The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder CO
    • 2015 Waterloo Arts Fest Juried Exhibition – Waterloo Arts Gallery, Cleveland OH
      Juror: Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator, Akron Art Musuem, Akron OH
    • Art by America: A Review of Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art – The Art House, Chicago IL
      Jurors: James Yood, Critic and Art Educator, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL; Ginny Voedisch, Art Historian and Lecturer, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
    • 52nd Annual Juried Competition – Masur Museum of Art, Monroe LA
      Juror: Sandra Firmin, Director and Chief Curator, Colorado University Art Museum, Boulder CO
    • You Art What You Eat – Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights IL
      Juror: Shannon Stratton, Founder and Director, Three Walls Gallery, Chicago IL
  • 2014
    • 57th Mid-States Art Exhibition – Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, Evansville IN
      Juror: Ephraim Rubenstein, Artist and Educator, Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League
    • Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago IL
    • New Directions ’14, 28th Annual National Juried Contemporary Art Exhibition – Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie NY
      Juror: Lynne Warren, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago IL
    • 27th September Competition – Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria LA
      Juror: James Michalopoulos, Artist
    • 9th National Juried Exhibition – Axis Gallery, Sacramento CA
      Juror: Jenny Gheith, Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA
    • 27th Annual Northern National Art Competition – Nicolet College, Rhinelander WI
      Juror: Linda Benedict-Jones, Adjunct Professor of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, and Curator of Photography, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh PA
    • 70th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Carter E. Foster, Steven and Ann Ames Curator of Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City NY
    • Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival – Chicago IL
    • Summer Regional Exhibition – St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis MO
      Juror: Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, Associate Professor of Studio Arts and Art History in the School of Art and Design and Africana Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale IL
    • 40 Under 40 – Alamance County Arts Council, Graham NC
      Juror: Michael Fels, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Art and Art History Department, Elon University, Elon NC
    • Palette: A Juried Food Art Exhibition – Salisbury University, Salisbury MD
  • 2013
    • 4th Year Anniversary Show – Water Street Studios, Batavia IL
      Juror: Glenn Wexler, Artist
    • 26th Annual Northern National Art Competition – Nicolet College, Rhinelander WI
      Juror: James R. Pace, Professor of Visual Art, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler TX
    • FoodCon IV – City Gallery, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis IN
    • 69th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Kris Ercums, Curator of Global Contemporary and Asian Art, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
    • Meat Art – Goose the Market, Indianapolis IN (solo)
  • 2012
    • TINY – Gallery 924, Indianapolis IN
    • 8th Annual IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association) Membership Exhibition – Harrison Center For the Arts, Indianapolis IN
      Juror: Michelle Grabner, Professor and Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
    • 68th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Jeffrey Grove, Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas TX
  • 2011
    • A Sense of Place – Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, Terre Haute IN (solo)
    • 67th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Janie Welker, Curator, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington KY
    • Paintings of Meat – UW-Madison Memorial Union, Madison WI (solo)
    • Spring Exhibition – Arts Illiana, Terre Haute IN
    • Paintings of Meat: Recent Still Lifes – Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, Terre Haute IN (solo)
    • 25th International Juried Show – Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit NJ
      Juror: Joan Young, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City NY
  • 2010
    • 5th Annual Juried Group Show – Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Dr. Lloyd Benjamin III, President Emeritus of Indiana State University, Terre Haute IN
    • Les Salon des Refusés – Hoosier Salon Broad Ripple Gallery, Indianapolis IN
    • Contemporary Realism Biennial – Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne IN
    • 66th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Gregory Gilbert, Senior Curator, Figge Art Museum, Davenport IA
    • 4th Annual Juried Group Show – Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Dr. Laurette McCarthy, Independent Scholar and Curator
  • 2009
    • 65th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
      Juror: Ann Albano, Director, Sculpture Center, Cleveland OH

Awards

  • 2015
    • 2nd Prize in Painting, A Taste of Art – The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder CO
    • Kantgias Award, Michigan Fine Arts Competition – Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham MI
  •  2014
    • Sharron R. Jolly Award of Recognition in Memory of Wanda “Tink” Boyd, 70th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
  •  2013
    • Lant and Amanda Davis Award of Recognition, 69th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
  • 2012
    • First Place, 8th Annual IDADA (Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association) Membership Exhibition – Harrison Center For the Arts, Indianapolis IN
  • 2010
    • Barbara Vogel Award of Recognition, 66th Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition – Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute IN
    • Best In Show, 4th Annual Juried Group Show – Halcyon Contemporary Art Gallery, Terre Haute IN

Bibliography, Residencies, Public Lectures

Education

2009 MA Visual and Critical Studies – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL

2005 Historic Preservation Methods Study Abroad Program – San Gemini, Italy, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee WI

2004 BS Art, BA Anthropology, emphasis: African Studies – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI