Ben is Google-able!

If you forget the url to Ben’s site, you can now google “ben panter photographer” and it will be the first result! “Ben panter photography” will give you the site as the second result, and “ben panter art” as the fourth.

Many of the other links will be about Ben as well, though of course there are many other Ben Panters in the world, too. Some of the links that apply are: the Inquirer’s article, DonBrewerMultimedia’s blog about both my and Ben’s inclusion in Photo Op Op Op at the Hopkins House of Contemporary Art, Ben’s acceptance into the Center for Fine Art Photography’s ‘Low Tech’ exhibition, and our presentation at the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity after being recipients of the Dean’s Undergraduate Research grants.

[by] melissa
praise God who holds in his hand our life and all our ways

A Peek Inside the Studio

Here’s just a little peek into the studio space that Ben works in at Moore. You can see previous work hanging up, along with current projects. If you’re interested in what he’s working on in this picture, I can only point out the small “book” standing at the edge of the table, at the bottom right-center or the picture. This is a miniature of a display idea Ben has been thinking about. Instead of that 6" contraption, it would be much taller- think: to the ceiling. Of course to the left is the coffee mug I made for him that was mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer. 🙂

His schedule is 5 days a week from about 8:30 to 6pm, but Wednesdays are until 9pm. That time is split up into the “Visual Culture and Contemporary Aesthetics” class, taught by Ian Verstegan, PhD., time to work in the studio, during which Ben has been guided by 3 different artists, and studio seminars. This will continue for another 2 weeks (6 weeks total), and then he will have all-day Saturday courses during the rest of the year. This will repeat until graduation in the August of 2012.

Ben finds the Aesthetics class a welcome and expected challenge as he studies current trends in art at the Masters level. The three artists with whom Ben has worked are: Moe Brooker, Alice Oh (official site), and Veronica Ryan. The studio seminar is taught by Jennie Shanker (official site). Thanks to all of these artists, he’s been pushed so much already: we’re excited to see how his work will grow in the next two years.

[by melissa]
praise God who holds in his hand our life and all our ways

I’m in the News

A couple weeks ago the Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed me and Brad (a Masters in Art Education student) for being the first males to attend Moore. The article is an interesting read and it was great to be seen in the paper (some guy in the parking garage even recognized me!). The funny thing is that the reporter seemed to be searching for some underlying conflict about our presence at a school with an all female undergrad, which as far as anyone can tell, just doesn’t exist. He kept asking me why I would choose Moore (seemingly fishing for an angle), but I just told him that it is a school with a great reputation and that it offered exactly what I was looking for in an MFA program. Personal, International, Lots of Resources, Great Facilities… and Moore. haha

[by] ben