Timeline

1958
Born October 4
1976–1980
BFA, Boston University, Boston, MA
1980–1982
MFA, Boston University, Boston, MA
1986
The Blanche E. Coleman Award for Painting
1987
Massachusetts Lottery Grant for Painting
First Prize in Drawing, Sudbury Art Association, MA
1985–1988
Artist in Residence, Beaver Country Day School, Chestnut Hill, MA
The Blanche E. Coleman Award for Painting
The St. Botolph Club Foundation Grant in Painting
1989
Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Grant
1990
William P. & Gertrude Schweitzer Painting Prize, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
1991
Thomas Fisher Award, American Society of Architectural Perspectivists, New York, NY
1992
Ogden M. Pleissner Painting Award, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2004
Benjamin Altman Landscape Prize, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
J. Sanford Saltus Gold Medal for Painting, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2005
Academician Appointment, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2006
American Academy of Arts and Letters, Childe Hassam Purchase Prize, New York, NY

Exhibitions

2013
Ann Norton Sculpture Museum, Palm Beach, FL (solo exhibition)
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA (solo exhibition)
2011
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME (solo exhibition)
A Sense of Place: Landscapes From Monet to Hockney, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, NV
2010
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Changing Soils: Contemporary Landscape Painting, Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya, Japan
2009
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA (solo exhibition)
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME (solo exhibition)
People, Place, and Things: The Art of ARONSON, BABB, and SOTH, Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
Urban Perspectives, Mark Gallery, Englewood, NJ
On Paper, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Winter Haiku, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2008
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Contemporary Still Lifes, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Text and Textures: An Exhibition from the Permanent Collection, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Beyond Representation, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
Master Prints, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Landscapes: Rural and Urban Realities, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Los Angeles Art Show (exhibited by LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM) at Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA
Anniversary Exhibition, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006
American Academy of Arts and Letters, Invitational Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
Lighthouse Center for the Arts, From Private Walls, Tequesta, FL
Cities Different, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2005
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Looking Back, Moving Forward, Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Realism Invitational, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Chicago Art Fair, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
2004
179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
Dualities, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Still Life and Streets, Hidell-Brooks Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
The Art Show, The Armory, NYC, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
2003
DFN Gallery, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
The Burbs, DFN Gallery, New York, NY
2002
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA (solo exhibition)
Form & Conscience: Figurative Art from Mid-Century to Present, Scott White Contemporary, La Jolla, CA
2001
Works on Paper, Spheris Gallery, New York, NY
2000
Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA (solo exhibition)
Contemporary Portraits, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA
1999
Scott White Contemporary, La Jolla, CA (solo exhibition)
The Aronson’s, Altar & Gil Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
Emerging Talent, Apha Gallery, Boston, MA
Meridian International Traveling Exhibition, Exxon-Mobil
1998
Town & Country, MB Modern, New York, NY
Perspectives, MB Modern, New York, NY
Urban Suburban, Sydne Bernard Fine Arts, Hollywood, CA
Sydne Bernard Fine Art, Hollywood, CA (solo exhibition)
1997
MB Modern, New York, NY (solo exhibition)
Contemporary Figures, MB Modern, New York, NY
The Distinct Still Life, Pepper Gallery, Boston, MA
Sydne Bernard Fine Arts, Hollywood, CA
Jerry Solomon Gallery, Hollywood, CA
1996
Horwitch Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo exhibition)
Jerry Solomon Gallery, Hollywood, CA (solo exhibition)
1995
About American Realism: Part I, Horwitch Newman Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Only in America, Koplin Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1994
Contemporary Perspectives II, Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA
Interiors, Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA
Louis Newman Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA (solo exhibition)
1992
167th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
National Convention Exhibition, American Institute of Architects, Boston, MA
Mickelson Gallery, Washington, DC
1990
165th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
The Copley Society, Boston, MA
1988
The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1987
Julie Saul Gallery, Sudbury, MA (solo exhibition)
1986
Lane Gallery, Gordon College, Wenham, MA (solo exhibition)

Public Collections

Reading Public Fine Art Museum, Reading, PA
Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Tampa Museum of Fine Art, Tampa, FL
Taylor Art Museum, Colorado Springs, CO
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT
Vieques Museum of Art, Vieques, Puerto Rico
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Naples Museum of Art, Naples, FL
National Academy Museum, New York, NY
National Museum of Fine Arts, Malta
New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, New Mexico, NM
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, ME
Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Rahr West Museum, Manitowoc, WI
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston , MA
Boston Public Library, Prints & Drawings Collection, Boston, MA
Boston University, Boston, MA
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT
Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL
Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Museum of Arts and Sciences , Daytona, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Literature

2008
Mullarkey, Maureen. “Capturing a Scene, Minus the Camera.” The New York Sun, April 10.
2008
Kuspit, Donald. Ben Aronson: Urbane Paintings, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, April (exhibition catalogue).
2008
Rifkin, Mark. “Review: Ben Aronson, Urban Currents.” This Week in New York April 30.
2008
Baker, R.C. “Review: Ben Aronson.” The Village Voice, April 29.
2007
Feinstein, Lea. “Reviews: National.” ARTnews. Summer.
2007
Cooper, James F. “Contemporary Realism, The View from San Francisco.” American Arts Quarterly, Fall
2006
American Artist, June
2006
American Art Collector, June
2005
The ARTNewsletter, November
2004
Aronson, Ben. Illustration. ARTNews. October 2004
2004
Exhibition Review. New York Magazine. 10 May 2004
2004
Baker, Kenneth. “Bubbling Over in Talent.” ARTNews. September 2004
2004
Kunitz, Daniel. “Institutional Exhibitionism.” The New York Sun. 6 May 2004
2004
Leggio, Gail. “Exhibitions.” American Arts Quarterly. Summer 2004
2004
Naves, Mario. “Conflict of Interest.” The New York Observer. 31 May 2004
2004
Rifkin, Mark. “National Academy’s 179th Annual Enters Last Week.” New York Resident. 14 June 2004
2003
Lee, Margaret. “ Fifth Annual Realism Invitational.” ARTNews. September 2003
2003
Aronson, Ben. Illustration. ARTNews. October 2003
2002
Peterson, Gregory. “What Motivates a Collector.” American Artist. April 2002
1999
McQuaid, Cate. “Altered States: Boston Artists Paint Boston.” The Boston Globe. 28 January 1999
1997
Aronson, Ben. Illustration. ARTNews. October 1997
1996
Aronson, Ben. Illustration. ARTNews. February 1996
1996
Listing. Art in America. (Annual) 1996
1995
Listing. Art in America. (Annual) 1995
1995
Combs, M. “Speaking in Images.” The Artist’s Magazine. 1995
1995
Kramer, Jack. Human Anatomy and Figure Drawing. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1984 2nd Edition
1995
Aronson, Ben. Illustration. The New York Times. 12 March 1995
1991
Raupe, Bebe. “Award-Winning Watercolorist Benjamin Aronson: National Academy of Design” Architecture in Perspective VI. 1991