Based in Pittsburgh, PA

Ben Schonberger is a multidisciplinary visual artist and educator. Utilizing a variety of mediums, his work examines the complexities of identity and narrative as well as the possibilities of an archive. Ben’s projects exist in many forms including wall and table instillations, artist books and glass objects.

Ben has exhibited his projects nationally and internationally. His work is part of public and private collections including The Detroit Institute of Arts Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and The Toledo Museum of Art. His self-published artist books can be found in the MoMA Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art Library and The Arts Library at Yale University.


Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA, Photography, 2013

Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV
BFA, Photography / Computer Imagery, 2010

Solo Exhibitions

Beautiful Pig: Filter Space, Chicago, IL, 2018 

Beautiful Pig: Phaze 2 Gallery, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, 2017

Beautiful Pig: Contemporary Art Toledo + River House Arts, Toledo, OH, 2016

Hammer: The Muted Horn, Cleveland, OH, 2016

SAVE: Photoworks, Leesburg, VA, 2011

SAVE: Frank Center Gallery, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, 2010

Group Exhibitions

Idea Furnace: Pittsburgh Glass Center: Pittsburgh, PA, 2019

Beyond Our Means: curated by Brian Carpenter, The Muted Horn, Cleveland, OH, 2019

Object / Oggetto: curated by Graham Shearing, Gallery One | Collective Works, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

Raw Hide: curated by Ian Breidenbach, The Neon Heater, Findlay, OH, 2018

Foam Talent: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, 2018

Foam Talent: Beaconsfield Gallery, London, England, 2018

Silver Eve Auction Preview Exhibition: Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

Foam Talent: Red Hook Labs, Brooklyn, NY, 2018

Where Light Goes II: curated by Brian Carpenter, CVA Gallery, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2018

Collecting Now / Recent Acquisitions: Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, 2017

In Accuracy: UnSmoke Systems Artspace, Braddock, PA, 2017

Foam Talent: Foam Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017

On Freedom: curated by For Freedoms, Aperture Gallery, New York, NY, 2017

Athens Photo Festival Photobook Exhibition: The Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece, 2017

On The Shelf: juried by Kelli Connell, Filter Space, Chicago, IL, 2016

Zine and Self-Published Book Fair: curated by Anouk Kruithof, Baxter ST at CCNY, New York, NY, 2016

TOGETHER / ALONE: Embassy, Los Angeles, CA, 2016

Where Light Goes: curated by Brian Carpenter, Terhune Gallery, Owens Community College, Perrysburg, OH, 2016

GuatePhoto International Photography Festival: Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2015

Myers School of Art Faculty Exhibition: Emily Davis Gallery, University of Akron, Akron, OH, 2015

Indie Photobook Library >> Indie Photobook Library / West Elm Reading Room: PPAC Book Fair, Philadelphia, PA, 2015

Shepherd University Faculty Exhibition: Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD, 2015

Paris Photo- Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards Exhibition: IMA Gallery + IMA Concept Store, Tokyo, Japan, 2015

Substrate: curated by Benjamin Gaydos, Scene Metrospace Gallery, Lansing, MI, 2014

Indie Photobook Library >>Indie Photobook Library X APPA: Melbourne, Australia, 2014

(e)merge Art Fair, Artist Platform: Capital Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC, 2014

Shepherd University Faculty Exhibition: Phaze 2 Gallery, Shepherdstown, WV, 2014

INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks: Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, 2014

In Translation: curated by Stuart Horodner, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, 2014

Experiencing Prospectives: Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Farmington Hills, MI, 2014

Paris Photo- Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards Exhibition: Aperture Gallery, New York, NY, 2013

Paris Photo- Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards: Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2013

VOX XI Juried Exhibition: curated by Hilary Harkness, VOX POPULI, Philadelphia, PA, 2013

Artist Books & Cookies x Ooga Booga: Ooga Booga, Los Angeles, CA, 2013

The Art Book Review's- On the Road: Detroit: The Jam Handy Building, Detroit, MI, 2013

Graduate Degree Exhibition: Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2013

I Like You and I Together: curated by Allison Wong, Butter Projects, Royal Oak, MI, 2013

BLING: curated by Tre Reising, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2012

Hot New Pics: Center Gallery, Midwest Center for Photography, Wichita, KS, 2012

A Life, Still: North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, 2012

Thin Skin, Material + Metaphor: Forum Gallery: Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2012

The Happy Hour Lecture Series: curated by Jesse Moretti, Vessel & Page, Pontiac, MI, 2012

Sum of Parts: Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, Detroit, MI, 2012

J-E-L-L-O: curated by Brittany Ann Campbell, Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 2011

Emerging Artists Exhibition: curated by Sonya Evanisko, The Art Centre, Martinsburg, WV, 2011

Extended Image: curated by Stephanie R. Thulin, The Grand Building, Hagerstown, MD, 2010

Extended Image: curated by Stephanie R. Thulin, The Interwoven Mills Complex, Martinsburg, WV, 2009

Honors + Awards

Recipient: Greater Pittsburgh Artist Opportunity Grant, Pittsburgh, PA, 2018

FOAM Talent: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017

Shortlisted: jury special mention by Anouk Kruithof, The Anamorphosis Prize, Old Greenwich, CT, 2015

Finalist: GuatePhoto Festival, Photobook Open Call, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2015

Participant: Review Santa Fe 100, CENTER Santa Fe, NM, 2015

Shortlisted: The Paris Photo- Aperture Foundation First Photo Book, New York, NY, 2013

Finalist: Mercedes-Benz Emerging Artist Award, Troy, MI, 2013

David Robinson Award, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown WV, 2010

Visiting Artist Lecture Venues

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 2019

Filter Space, Chicago, IL, 2018

Toledo Museum of Art, Little Theater, Panel Discussion with Robin Reisenfeld, curator of woks on paper, Toledo, OH, 2018

Shepherd University, Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, Shepherdstown, WV 2017

Georgia State University, Welch School of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA, 2017

Society for Photographic Education, Midwest Regional Conference, The Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis, MO, 2016

Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion, Toledo, OH, 2016

Society for Photographic Education, National Conference, Red Rocks Hotel Casino Resort, Las Vegas, NV, 2016

The University of Akron, Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, Akron, OH, 2015

Society for Photographic Education, Midwest Regional Conference, Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, 2014


Pittsburgh Glass Center, Idea Furnace, Pittsburgh, PA, 2017, 2019

Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Guest Artist Pavilion Project, Toledo, OH, 2016


Toledo Museum of Art: Toledo, OH, 2016

Detroit Institute of Art: Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photography: Detroit, MI, 2013

The Mercedes-Benz Financial Collection: Troy, MI, 2013

Private Collections in The United States, Europe, and Asia

Libraries + Archives

University of the Arts London Library: London, England, 2017

Point Park University Library: Pittsburgh, PA, 2017

Toledo Museum of Art Library: Toledo, OH, 2016

New York Public Library: New York, NY, 2016

University of New Mexico Library: Albuquerque, NM, 2016

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Library: Boston, MA, 2016

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive: Los Angeles, CA, 2016

The Arts Library at Yale University: New Haven, CT, 2015

MoMA Library: New York, NY, 2015

Franklin Furnace Archive -Pratt Institue: Brooklyn, NY, 2015

Library of La Fototeca: Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2015

The Library Project: Dublin, Ireland, 2014

International Photography Research (IPhoR): Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014

Indie Photobook Library: Washington, DC, 2013, 2014

The Cleveland Museum of Art Library: Cleveland, OH, 2013

Bibloteca Alumnos47: Mexico City, Mexico, 2013

The Art Book Review: Los Angeles, CA, 2013

Academic Appointments

Lecturer: Point Park University, School of Communication, BFA Photography Program, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016 - present

One-Year Visiting Lecturer: The University of Akron, Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, Akron, OH, 2015 - 2016

Adjunct Instructor: Shepherd University, Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, Shepherdstown, WV, 2014 - 2015

Selected Press



FOAM Talent


BG Independent News

Toledo City Paper

The Anamorphosis Prize


American Photo

F-Stop Magazine

Arts ATL

Mother Jones

The Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo 2013

Indie Photobook Library

Aint-Bad Magazine

Bad At Sports