Ben dallas




B.A. History of Art, Indiana University 1969

M.A. History of Art, University of Illinois 1971


Professor of Art, William Rainey Harper College, Palatine, IL 1974 to 2001

Staff Lecturer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 1972 to 1974


Bemis Center for Contemporary Art residency, Omaha, NE. 2006

Yaddo residency, New York, 2004

Hungarian Multicultural Center residency, Hungary, 2004

Karl Hofer Gesellschaft residency, Berlin, 2001

Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 2002

Artist Fellowship, Finalist Award, Illinois Arts Council, 2001

Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 1998

Artist Fellowship, Illinois Arts Council, 1995

ICIS Visiting Artist, Christ Church College, Canterbury, UK 1995

ICIS Faculty, London, 1987

Fullbright-Hayes Fellowship, Belgium and The Netherlands, 1976

Solo Exhibitions

Ben Dallas – Serials, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland OR, 2015

Ben Dallas, OK Harris, NYC, 2013/14

Breaking Even/ Serial Works by Ben Dallas

Michelle Litvin In Process Space, Chicago IL, 2008

Ben Dallas/ Serial Works, LIPA Gallery, Chicago, IL 2006

Ben Dallas- Recent Works, Harper College, Palatine, IL 2005

Ben Dallas/ Gradients, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA 2003

Ben Dallas  Mainsite Contemporary Art, Norman, OK2001

Ben Dallas Studio Exhibition, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, 2001

Ben Dallas/ Loud, Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL2000

Ben Dallas/ Dimensional Works, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR2000

Ben Dallas/ Recent Works, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL1998

Ben Dallas  Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL1998

Ben Dallas  Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN1998

Ben Dallas  Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA 1996

Ben Dallas  Christ Church College, Canterbury, UK1995

Ben Dallas  Harper College, Palatine, IL1991

Collaborative Exhibitions

 DAAShared Creations,  Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL Aug. 2015

DAA  Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL2006

DAA / Recent Works  LIPA Gallery, Chicago, IL2004

DAA/ Double Vision  Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR2003

2 / 3 Person Exhibitions

 Ben Dallas/Gordon Powell, 251 Gallery, Chicago, IL,  2013

 Factor of Place / Mike Famous and Ben Dallas

Michelle Litvin In Process Space, Chicago, ILOct. 2008

Multiple Dimensions/ Mike Brown and Ben Dallas

Northwest Cultural Council, Rolling Meadows, IL2008

T HERE Ben Dallas and JB Daniel

The Lobby Gallery and NAB Gallery, Chicago, IL 2005

Painting/ Ben Dallas and Tim Van Laar  Gallery for Contemporary Art

New Harmony, IN2002

The Directive Object/ Dallas and Karrasch

Gallerie im Saalbau, Berlin2001

Ben Dallas/ Valerie Gilman  Riverside Art Center, Riverside IL2000

Dallas/ Clark/ Pollock  Loyola University, Chicago, IL2000

Ben Dallas/ Michael Kozien  College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL 1999

Dallas/ Geichman / Powell  Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, 1997

Beauty and the Three, Rockford Art Museum , Rockford, IL And Bradley University, Peoria, IL1997

Ben Dallas/ Michael Hopkins  Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL1996

Two Painters/ Dallas and Matalan  Baylor University, 1994

Shapes of Surface/ Dallas, Pollock and Rizzo  Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL 1996

Abstract Serialization- The Implied Rule/ Dallas and Anderson

NAB Gallery, Chicago, IL 1993

Select Group Exhibitions

 Pier Wright Gallery,  Northport, MI, 2012

 Serene, Calm..., Etc.  Ukranian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL 2004

Eighth Annual Summer Summit  Poetovio, Slovenia, LIPA Gallery,  2004

All or Nothing   LIPA Gallery, Chicago, IL2003

Chicago Art Expo   Elizabeth Leach Gallery,  Chicago, IL2002

Abstract Truths   Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Hinsdale, IL2002

San Francisco International Art Expo, Elizabeth Leach Gallery,  2002 and 1999

Contemporary Landscape   Davidson Galleries, Seattle WA2001

Layerings   Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR2001

Instinct   Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA1999

Contemporary Abstraction Chicago   Paul Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL 1999

Small Significant Sculpture- Ben Dallas, K. Hamanishi, Richard Hunt,

Rob Lorenson, Bruce White   Lovely Fine Arts, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 1999

The Conscious Line   Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID1999

Group Show   Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL1998

Small Wonders   San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum   1996

Shape Show   Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR1996


 2008 Chicago Tribune, April 25, Alan Artner review, Breaking Even

2006 Chicago Tribune, Feb. 10, Alan Artner review, Ben Dallas,-Serial Works

2006 Chicago Tribune, Dec.1, Alan Artner review, Dallas/Kronquist

1997 Chicago Reader, Mar.27, Fred Camper review, Making Strange- Ben Dallas

1996 Chicago Tribune, April 18, Alan Artner review, Dallas/Hopkins




A perceived object or situation’s visual form offers a kind of template that guides us in determining what to make of it; thus, the concerns I have in creating my art are embodied in its appearance. Neither informative nor symbolic, my works often visually reference the methods of painted representation, photography, and electronic media. I pursue these effects to trigger familiar perceptions and to activate visual memory absent identifiable information. I want my art to carry the weight of visual experience without the automatic resolutions identification and recognizable narratives demand and fix.

 I rely on my intuitive sensibility, with little planning or pre-calculation, to develop and construct dimensional paintings; the aspects and possibilities I'm after are inherent in the materials and processes I use. I sometimes preconceive imagery, but mainly just look to find a preferred combination of pre-painted visual elements to hold in place in some structural way. This playful method encourages, and usually ensures, quality accidents and surprises—leading to what I’m after: less predictable results. The challenges presented by the resulting ambiguous, and perhaps even taxing, visual objects have the potential to reorient viewers to their own processes of perception and thought.

 If arresting enough, new visual relationships are beyond language—embodying concepts not yet put into words. So my challenge is to defy conventions and embrace the untried—respecting its power to bring me, and others, around to what it offers.

 Ben Dallas 2015