Ben Kinsley, M.F.A.

Ben Kinsley

Ben Kinsley, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & Co-Director
Visual Art
COLU 2005

Curriculum Vitae


Ben Kinsley’s projects have ranged from choreographing a neighborhood intervention into Google Street View, directing surprise theatrical performances inside the homes of strangers, organizing a paranormal concert series, staging a royal protest, investigating feline utopia, collecting put-down jokes from around the world, and planting a buried treasure in the streets of Mexico City (yet to be found).

He has exhibited internationally at venues such as: Queens Museum, NYC; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland; Bureau for Open Culture; Mattress Factory Museum, Pittsburgh; Flux Space, Philadelphia; Katonah Museum of Art, NY; Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence; La Galería de Comercio, Mexico City; Catalyst Arts, Belfast; and ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe.

Ben has been an artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Skaftfell Art Center, Iceland; Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Ireland; and Platform, Finland. His work has been featured on NPR, Associated Press, The Washington Post,,,, and Hyperallergic, among others.


  • M.F.A. Carnegie Mellon University
  • B.F.A. Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Fachhochschule Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Courses Taught

Lower Division

  • VA 1030: Digital Foundations
  • VA 2100: Digital Art & Design
  • VAPA 1100: Art in Time and Space

Upper Division

  • VA 3200: Video Art
  • VA 3300: Animation
  • VAPA 3900: Situations - Contemporary Art in Public Space

Recent Work

Tree Talks: Populus Tremuloides album

Tree Talks: Populus Tremuloides, 2023, sound, lathe cut vinyl record, publication (edition of 50)