The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011, MFA
Ben Stagl has been actively exhibiting original works that blur the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, and interior design since 1999. His presence as an Industrial Designer, and New Media Artist in the cities of Portland, Oregon and Chicago, Illinois have earned him numerous honors and inclusions in publications ranging from: The Oregonian, ULTRAmagazine, and the Chicago Sun Times.
As a community educator, organizer, and activist, Stagl works on a variety of projects with institutions such as the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Collective. In 2009 he served as director of Portland Iron, Portland's first public iron pour demonstration at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. His projects have additionally received support from the NW Regional Arts and Cultures Council, The Chicago Pop-Up Loop Alliance, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. His artwork has been represented in galleries broadly both nationally and internationally, and he has instructed numerous technical workshops and been a guest lecturer at Oregon State University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His awards and achievements include the 2010 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Grant, the Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission (2009), 2005 the Civic Project Endorsement, Office of the Mayor Vera Katz of Portland, OR (2005), a Two-year studio residency at Mount Hood Community College, Troutdale Oregon (2004) the Dean’s Purchase Award, Oregon State University (2003), the Graduate of Distinction Award, Oregon State University (2003), and the ID Madsen Davidson Scholarship, Oregon State University (1999)
Benjamin Stagl currently resides in Chicago, IL