October 17, 2017, 6pm
Skidmore welcomes 2017 Raab Visiting Artist Howard Ben Tré on Tuesday, October 17, at 6:00 PM. Internationally recognized for his unique sculptures and large-scale works of art for public and private spaces, Ben Tré is a pioneer in the use of cast glass as a sculptural medium and his work is included in more than 114 museum and public collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice.
Ben Tré’s work has been featured in 55 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including a ten-year retrospective organized by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, that traveled nationally. His technical innovations have extended his mastery of cast glass and allowed him to create monumental sculptures that can survive the rigors of outdoor installation. Among his public commissions are the award-winning installation of fountains and seating created for Post Office Square Park in Boston; the plaza and sculpture for BankBoston’s headquarters in downtown Providence; a sited sculpture for the plaza at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence; and an interactive fountain for the hall of the newly renovated Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston.
Ben Tré was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1949. He received a B.S.A. from Portland State University in 1978 and a M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. Lauded for his many achievements, he is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a three-time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Ben Tré currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
The Raab Visiting Artist Lecture is sponsored by Rosanne Brody Raab '55 and the Skidmore Department of Art.
This event is free and open to the public.