department of art & art history

FIne Arts Center, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.5821

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Ben Anderson

  • Assistant Professor - Three-Dimensional Art and Sculpture
  • Department of Art and Art History
  • Phone: 401-874-2744
  • Fax: 401-874-2729
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  • Mailing Address: Fine Arts Center
    105 Upper College Road
    Kingston, RI 02881


Ben Anderson is an assistant professor of three-dimensional art and sculpture at the University of Rhode Island. Previously he taught at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence; Brown University in Providence; Bryant University in Smithfield, RI; and the University of California at San Diego.

Anderson holds a Master of Fine Art in visual arts from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. In 2012, he received the Richard Beaupre Hope and Heritage Fund award from URI. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Directors Choice Award from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the 2002 Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant.


“Sculpture is truly the meta – medium, spanning the conceptual to the material. What are now independent disciplines at one time were nurtured and developed from infancy by artists who thought of themselves as sculptors. I think in accepting emerging techniques, new materials, hybrid methodologies and a cross-boundary activity, the sculptural field is expansive. I feel it’s my role as the instructor/faculty to be, among other things, a guide through the many possibilities sculpture can offer.”


  • M.F.A., University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 1992
  • B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1984

Solo Exhibitions

“Rhode Island to Ravenna New Ceramic Work” Galleria Ninapi’ Nesting Art Gallery, Ravenna, Italy

“Walking Softly” Providence College, Providence, RI

“The Sonnets” Rotunda Gallery, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

“Ben Anderson” Galleria Ninapi Nesting Art Gallery, Ravenna, Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

“Statewide works from RISD Rhode Island Alumni” Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI

“Loving Cup” Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

“Faculty Exhibition” Main Gallery Fine Arts Building, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

“Summer Show” Charlestown Gallery, Charlestown, RI

“Summer Group Show” Jesse Edwards Gallery, Block Island, RI

“Networks at Gallery Z,” Providence, RI

“Rhode Island Networks, ” Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

“Nesting” Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA

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