Ben Sloat often uses elements of the vernacular in his works; generating hybrid social meanings and reflecting the artist's multiracial background. Working across mediums, the projects frequently find themselves considering the capacity of iconography, image, or light based material, in a wide and inclusive definition of the "photographic". Cultural vocabulary is commonly used as a medium in the work, oscillating between an intimately personal voice and a larger societal one.


Born and raised in New York City, Ben Sloat earned degrees from UC Berkeley and the SMFA.  His work has been shown in venues such as the Havana Biennial, Matanzas; Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Dublin City Gallery/The Hugh Lane, Dublin; Peabody Essex Museum, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Queens Museum. Solo exhibitions include those at Das Klohauschen in Munich; Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston; Coop Gallery in Nashville; Galerie Laroche/Joncas in Montreal; Gallery 126 in Galway; Front Gallery in Oakland; and ACC Gallery in Taipei. 

He is the director of the MFA in Visual Arts program at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

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