Ben Stagl

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Pleats of Matter, 2009 Vinyl Paper, String, Wood, Ink, Chalk 13’ X 10’ X 10' © Ben Stagl
Unfolded, 2009 Vinyl Paper, Nylon Cord, Wood 30’ X 22’ X 15’ © Ben Stagl
Folded and Clad, 2009 Ink, Acrylic, And Chalk On Paper 96” X 56” © Ben Stagl
Construct/ReConstruct, 2008 Wood, Inflatables, Nylon, Sonotube 85’ X 20’X 12’ © Ben Stagl
Construct/ReConstruct, 2008 Wood, Inflatables, Nylon, Sonotube 85’ X 20’X 12’ © Ben Stagl
Below Marquam, 2007 Wood, Sonotube, Sound, Light 12’ X 18’ X 8’ © Ben Stagl
Tumbleweed, 2007 Inflatables, Plastic Twine 10' X 10' X 10' © Ben Stagl
Stretch Push Pull Drape Droop, 2006 Wood, Nylon, Found Objects 45’ X 25’ X 12’ © Ben Stagl
Quick Facts
Portland, OR
Birth year
Lives in
Works in
Chicago, IL - Portland, OR
Oregon State University, 2003, BFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011, MFA
Representing galleries
Gallery Homeland, PDX (nonprofit)
installation, landscape, performance, modern, digital, conceptual, sculpture, exhibition/performance

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


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