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Short Resume for Ben Livingston
Born August 2, 1958 - Victoria, Texas USA
Education Apprenticships and Mentoring by: Stephen Antonakos - Artist, NY,NY ; Vincent Mariani – Artist, Austin, TX; Pebbles Wadsworth - UT Performing Arts director, Austin, TX; Janet Lenox Moyer - Lighting designer/educator, UCBerkeley & RPI, Troy, NY; Denny Bruce, Producer, LA, CA; John Sayles, Writer/director, Hoboken, NY, Robert Jackson, Author
Honors & Awards
2005 Commission, Public Art Program, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Shorenstien Corporation/Art Central Art Competition, double awarded public commissions, Charlotte, NC; Context, Artist residency, Charlotte N.C.
1995 Commission, Art in Public Places, Convention Center Austin, TX; Public art commission, Citizens Medical Plaza, Victoria, TX
1993 Fellowship, National Endowment For The Art, Best Neon in Austin Award, Austin Chronicle
1992 Purchase Award, Competition at the Sangre de Christo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO, Poster Design Award, Association Festival Livre de Jeunesse, Bibliotheque Public commission, Municipal Jaques Prevert, Cherbourg, France
1989 City of Austin Cultural Arts Commission Grant, Discovery Hall Science Museum, Austin, TX Lighting Design Award for “Skyhook” by the Illuminating Engineers Society (IES), San Francisco, CA
1988 IES Paul Waterbury International Outdoor Illuminating Design Award of Excellence ("Neon Mural #1"), Minneapolis, MN.
2014 “Neon artist, songwriter, actor Ben Livingston brings works to Wilhelmi-Holland Gallery” Corpus Christi Caller, Corpus Christi, TX
2013 "Multi-gifted artist adds acting to his resume" Austin American Statesman, Austin, TX
2012 "Ben Livingston livens Austin community through music and neon art" The Austinot"
2011 "Ben Livingston packs a lot of talent into electrifying arts" Westlake Picayune, TX
2010 “Artist Ben Livingston exhibits work Dec. 19at Laura's Library" Westlake Picayune, Austin, TX; "Roses are Red... Neon art installation at Bass Concert Hall", Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2009 "Ben Livingston demonstrates in the studio" Glass Art Society conference- The Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY; "Neon artist shines on stage" Victoria Advocate, Victoria, TX
2008 "Neon Mural #1 coming down" Jim Swift (KXAN); "Neon Exodus Ben Livingston's neon animated neon mural is glowing going gone..."; Austin Chronicle, Austin, TX 2000
1995 “Lumen: Arte Con Luz de Turbos de Neón”, Valle de Texas, Reynosa, Mexico; “Neon Nightsticks”, McAllen Monitor “People and Issues of ‘95: A look at people expected to make news in central Texas in 1995”, Austin American-Statesman; “Ben Livingston: Neon artist”, Video documentary by Bob Phillips, Texas Country Report, “Ben Livingston in the Spotlight”, Dallas/Fort Worth Design magazine.
1993 "In His Element", Austin American- Statesman; "Ben Livingston, West Bank Artist", West Lake Picayune, "The Electric World of Ben Livingston", Victoria Advocate
1992 "Neon What a Gas", TX Highways Magazine
1991 "Neon is Artist's Guiding Light", Victoria Advocate; First Orbit by Ben Livingston "TX Neon Artist Featured in Exhibit", Big Spring Herald "Artists Turned On by Neon Featured At Ulrich Museum" The Wichita Eagle Neonics Contemporary Light Art by Maria Ciski, Richard Leslie, Ben, The Best of Neon by Vilma Barr, Business/Professional Inc., New York, NY; 1990; Contemporary Neon by Rudi Stern, Von Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY "Objects D'ark
1987 “Beneon” Jim Swift (KXAN)
2014 “Target Texas” Art Museum of South Texas Corpus Christi, TX; Wilhelmi – Holland Gallery, Corpus Christi, TX
2012 Jonestown Art Center "Small Works", Jonestown, RI
2009 Corning Glass Museum workshop, Corning, NY; Exhibit A Gallery, "Luminous Evidence" Corning, NY
2006 The People's Gallery, City Hall exhibit, Austin, TX
2005 Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, (RPI) Lighting Research Center, Troy, NY; Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX
1998 Shanghai American School, Shanghai, R.O.C.
1991 Nave Museum, Victoria, TX Texas A&M University, Lighting and Architecture Department, College Station, TX Backstage to the Arts, Austin, TX Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS Laguna Gloria Art Museum "Austin Contemporaries", Austin, TX
2000 Museum of Neon Art, LA, CA.
1997 Dougherty Art Center, “Arc Works” Austin, TX
1996 Context, “Interpret” Charlotte, NC
1994 Art in Public Places, “AIPPXIO”, Austin, TX
1993 Center of Contemporary Art, "Eclectic Electric", Miami, FL
1992 Gallery I/0 “Screen Show”, New Orleans, LA; Grand Prix De Paris 1992, Musee de la Sorbonne, Paris France,; University of California San Diego Neon II Show, Grove Gallery, San Diego, CA; Light Gallery, Houston, TX; Langman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, "Neonics", Wichita, KS
1991 Paris, France and Musee de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France ; The University of Texas at Austin - Mebane Gallery, “CAAT”, Austin, TX, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, “Lights Fantastic”, Austin, TX; Devil Dog Gallery “BBQ Show”, Houston, TX
Selected collections and public commissions
Mick Jagger, NY, NY; Motorola, Austin, TX; The Joffery Ballet, NY, NY; Randi Shade, Austin, TX; Peter Pucci, Mt Kisco, NY; Stephen Antonakos, NY, NY; The University of Texas at Austin permenant collection, Austin, TX; Deborah Green, Austin,TX; Chris Maresch, Austin, TX; Jan Lenox Moyer, Troy, NY; Chris Mattsson, Austin, TX; Jeffery Skilling, Houston, TX; Chula Reynolds, Austin, TX; Lance Armstrong, Austin, TX; Spirit Square Public Arts Space, Charoltte, NC; Chief Wilma Mankiller Stillwell, OK; Frances Hellman, Berkeley, CA; Congregation Kol Halev, Austin, TX; Warren Hellman, San Francisco, CA; Far Niente Winery, Oakville, CA; Sidley Austin Brown and Wood, NY, NY; Chicago Botanical Gardens, Glencoe, IL; Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, Victoria, TX; The Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX; Texas Tech University, Public Art Collection, Lubbock, TX; Bibliotheque Municipal Jaques Prevert, Cherbourg, France