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Art History Instructor

Kent State University

Associate Professor of Art History

Kent State University


Emeritus Professor of Art History, Artist and Author
Kent State University


art history
University of Wisconsin

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Black Squirrel Gifts (141 E. Main St., Kent) - Ben L. Bassham, former Kent State University art history instructor, signs his memoir, A Local Kid (Does Only O.K.), about his youth in small-town Rogers, Ark., 5 p.m. Friday.


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"ROBERT RIGGS, THE LITHOGRAPHS WITH A CATALOGUE RAISONNE'", by Ben Bassham, 1986.The life and work of one of the most successful artists of the 30's and 40's.EACH of his 84 lithographs are reproduced with statistics and some comments.A scholarly effort by Bassham, an Associate Professor of art history at Kent State University.HARDCOVER with dust jacket.

Western Reserve Academy - News & Events - Moos Gallery opens next exhibit on Nov. 3

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Kent State University emeritus professor of art history, artist and author Ben Bassham will present his exhibition "New Paintings/Old Paintings" at Western Reserve Academy's Moos Gallery from November 3, 2005, through December 15, 2005. An artist's reception will be held on Sunday, November 6 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

New England settings will be the highlight of Bassham's show that also includes scenes of New Mexico and Italy and some Kent, Ohio, subjects.
Bassham's vibrant, realistic landscapes reflect his travels from the shores of Maine to the deserts of the New Mexico. "I am intrigued with places that other artists in the history of American art have gone," said Bassham.
It's that mix of passions, painting and art history that drew Bassham to the Isles of Shoals off the coastlines of New Hampshire and Maine - a site frequented by American impressionist painter Childe Hassam (1859-1935). Historic Strawberry Hill and the waterfront of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Maine's coastal venues including Cape Elizabeth, Acadia National Park and Monhegan Island will be featured in the upcoming show.
Bassham maintains a second studio in Taos, New Mexico, where he spends several weeks each spring capturing the Southwest's diverse geography on canvas. Taos is where Bassham produces his plein-air (outdoor) studies. "Painting outside is a learned skill that takes practice," advises Bassham. "One important thing to remember in painting is that color changes with atmospheric affects. So colors in the distance need to be muted or cooled - we say gray them down - and colors in the foreground need to be made warmer. That is something you can really see when you go outside to paint that you cannot see in a photograph."
Bassham studied art at the University of Arkansas and earned his Ph.D. in art history at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
"I very much like 19th century American western landscapes by artists like Thomas Moran," said Bassham. "I learn from the artist whose work I buy. Although retired after 30 years of art history instruction, he continues to teach a class in American art of the west at Kent State.
Ben and his wife Carlyn collect western art and live in Kent when not traveling to enjoy picturesque America.

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The Right at Home Committee is proud to announce the 2011 Featured Artist - Ben Bassham. Ben has donated numerous pieces of art to Right at Home's Art Action which are always well received. Ben and his wife, Carlyn, are loyal supporters of Coleman and its mission.

Ben is an Emeritus Professor of Art History at Kent State University. After offering courses on American art and architecture for 30 years he retired in 1999 to devote his time to his first love, painting. Ben's colorful and realistic views of the landscape reflect his travels to diverse parts of this country as well as Italy, where he has gone many times. He is drawn to the striking New Mexico deserts and mountains and to the coastlines of Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
He and his family spend the month of May each year in Taos, New Mexico, a town with a long and distinguished place in the history of American painting. Even today, as Ben likes to say, Taos boasts "more artists than lawyers. Most of Ben's paintings represent Taos and its surroundings. Ben studied art at the University of Arkansas, where he graduated in 1964.
In addition to his artistic production, Ben has written three books, edited two others, and published numerous scholarly articles.

Ben L. Bassham, an Emeritus ...

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Ben L. Bassham, an Emeritus professor of art history at Kent State University, is the author of The Lithographs of Robert Riggs, The Theatrical Photographs of Napoleon Sarony and editor of Memories of an American Impressionist by Abel G. Warshawsky (The Kent State University Press, 1980).

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