The New Visions annual exhibition opportunity allows students across all disciplines of the School of Art and Design to showcase their talent and skill. The ZMA is excited to continue expanding this longstanding tradition by featuring a prominent artist, critic, or curator to serve as both juror and visiting lecturer. The juror serves to represent each discipline and expose students to diverse points of view, practices, and techniques. New Visions 2023 marks the 40th exhibition opportunity and will be juried by artist Ben Butler, whose works are displayed on ZMA Project Walls North and West. Butler will present a virtual artist lecture on Thursday, January 19, at 7:00 pm.
About the Juror
Ben Butler is a sculptor and public artist working in Memphis, Tennessee, and Quoque, New York. In addition to showing his work extensively in gallery and museum exhibitions nationally, he has produced commissioned sculptures and installations in a range of media for universities, hospitals, parks, and other public spaces, including Portland International Airport, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hyatt Regency Hotel Chicago, and the Crosstown Theater in Memphis. Butler received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his BA from Bowdoin College. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Individual Artist Grant and numerous fellowships at residency programs including the MacDowell Colony, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Ucross Foundation.