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Benjamin S. Anderson

Benjamin Anderson, is a fine artist, animator, and teacher who has made the Monterey Peninsula his home. Anderson captures the dynamic scenery of the California landscape and has become known for his life-based oil paintings in romantic style. Anderson has been awarded solo shows, juried awards, artists residencies and an Artist Grant.  He travels to his childhood home in Vermont for artist retreats and to paint the great forests and winter landscapes.

His artwork is in numerous private collections throughout the United States. In addition to his artistic endeavors, Anderson teaches visual art and animation at college level, and values higher education in the arts. He taught at Bowling Green State University, Tennessee Gov’t School for the Arts, Hartnell College, and has been juried into the Carmel Art Association in Carmel California, 2021. In 2023, he became Asst. Professor and author of the Animation Program at Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy, Texas.


B.F.A Painting and Printmaking

M.F.A. Painting

2019 MFA Terminal Degree, Art, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

2016 BFA Painting & Printmaking, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

DOB 1993


Academic/Teaching Positions


2025 Spring Assistant Professor, tenure track, Digital Art and Animation, Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy, TX

2024 Fall Assistant Professor, tenure track, Digital Art and Animation, Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy, TX

2024 Spring Assistant Professor, tenure track, Digital Art and Animation, Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy, TX

2023 Fall Assistant Professor, tenure track, Digital Art and Animation, Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy, TX

2023 Summer Art Instructor, Artistree, Workshops and Classes, VT

2023 Spring Art Faculty, Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Design, Hartnell College, CA

2023 Spring Art Faculty, Adjunct Instructor, Digital 3D Animation, Hartnell College, CA

2022 Fall Art Faculty, Adjunct Instructor, 2D Design, Hartnell College, CA

2022 Fall Art Faculty, Adjunct Instructor, Digital 3D Modeling, Hartnell College, CA

2022 Summer Art Instructor, Artistree, Workshops and Classes, VT

2022 Spring Art Faculty, Adjunct Instructor, 2D Design, Hartnell College, CA

2022 Art Instructor, Workshops, Central Coast Art Association, CA

2021 Art Faculty, Instructor, OLLI, California State University Monterey Bay, CA

2021 Art Instructor, Artistree, Workshops and Classes, VT

2021-2022 Art Instructor, Ocean Grove Charter School, CA

2020 Benjamin S. Anderson Studio, private lessons, CA

2019 Art Faculty, Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts, TN

2018-2019 Introduction to Painting, Bowling Green State University, OH

2017-2018 Printmaking Studio Assistant, Bowling Green State University, OH

2016-2017 Art and Music Teacher, Ocean Grove Charter School, Monterey Peninsula, CA

2016 Private Art Instructor, Benjamin S. Anderson Studio, CA

2016 Private Music Instructor, Benjamin S. Anderson Studio, CA


Non-Academic Positions


2021-2024 Carmel Art Association, Artist Member, CA

2023-2024 California Art Club, Mentorship Program

2021-2022 California Art Club, Associate Member, CA

2021-2022 Oil Painters of America, Associate Member, CA

2016-2017 Assistant to Figure Artist Warren Chang, Traditional Master Workshop and Sessions Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

2015-2016 Music Director, St. Andrews Christian Church of Disciples, Dublin, OH

2010-2015 Swim Instructor, Seaside Swim School, Seaside, CA

2011-2012 Swim Coach, Seaside Aquatics Swim Club, Seaside, CA

2010 Intern 3D Graphics Modeler, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

2009-2014 Instructor, Private Music Lessons, Monterey, CA and Delaware, OH


Research/Creative Work


2024 Stephen F. Austin State Univeristy 3D Graphics Research Collaboration with SFA Makerspace

2024 Carmel Art Association Interview Video Production, Historical Comittee

2022 Southwest Art Magazine, Selected as one of 21 Under 31, featured artist.

2022 Pressing Matters, International Printmaking Publication, featured Artist

2020-2021 Carmel Art Association Mentorship Program, Traditional Oil Painting.

2021 Illustration and Animation Production with former Disney Personnel:  The Musical Knights of Dundee

2017 Monterey Arts Council LEAP Artist Grant

2013 The Musical Knights of Dundee, Benjamin Scott Anderson, New Troubadour Press, ISBN 978- 0-578-12810-8 Illustrated Children’s Book Kickstarter Funded


Exhibitions curated/co-curated


2024 Carmel Art Association Gallery, monthly curating

2023 Carmel Art Association Gallery, Solo Exhibition, Artist Benjamin S. Anderson

2023 Carmel Art Association Gallery, monthly curating

2022 Carmel Art Association Gallery, monthly curating

2021 Carmel Art Association Gallery, monthly curating

2015 Annual Spring Show, Curator Ohio Wesleyan University


Juried exhibitions


2023 Juried artist, Winter Wonderland, California Art Club, CA

2022 Juried artist, Celebrating California, Blue Line Arts California Art Club, CA

2021 Finalist, Winter Solace Fine Art Competition, California Art Club, CA

2018 MFA Studio Break Competition Winner, for podcast interview and online publication

2018 National MFA Biennial WET Paint Show, Zhou Bros Gallery, Chicago, Sergio Gomez

2018 For the Seventh Generation, Elizabeth Jones Gallery, Portland, OR

2017 SNAP! Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016 Relativity, Senior Juried Art Show, Ross Art Museum, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

2016 Annual Juried Spring Show, Gallery 2001, Ohio Wesleyan, Delaware, OH

2015 Annual Juried Spring Show, Gallery 2001, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH


Solo and Group exhibitions


2024 Peninsula Copositions, dual exhibition Carmel Art Association, CA

2023 SFA Faculty Show, Cole Art Center TX

2022, Carmel Art Association Gallery, Exquisitely CAA

2021-2022, Carmel Art Association Gallery, monthly member exhibitions

2017, 2018, 2019 The Santa Lucia Fandango, Solo Show, Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel, CA

2019, MFA Thesis Exhibition, BGSU OH

2017, 2018, MFA Winter Show, Arts X reception, BGSU OH

2017 Motifs, Solo exhibition, Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

2017 Pacific Grove Bay Area Artists Show, Pacific Grove Art Center, CA

2015 Interpretations, Solo exhibition, Werner Gallery, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware

2010-2015 Winter Exhibition & Summer Exhibitions, Youth Arts Collective, Monterey, CA

2013 Summer Exhibition, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA


Works in permanent collections


2019 The Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel CA

2018 The Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel CA

2016 Ohio Wesleyan University School of Art, Private Collection

2016 Ohio Wesleyan University School of Art, Printmaking Collection


Awards and recognitions


2023 Featured Artist, Fall Issue Carmel Magazine, CA

2022 “21 under 31”, Southwest Art Magazine, national competition and publication

2019 Artist Residency (fully funded), Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel, CA

2018 Graduate Assistantship Enhancement Award, Bowling Green State University

2018 Artist Residency (fully funded), Santa Lucia Preserve, Carmel, CA

2016 Local Emerging Artists Program, Individual Grant, Arts Council of Monterey, CA

2016 Magna Cum Laude, Ohio Wesleyan University

2016 Best of Show, 2D Annual Juried Spring Show, Ohio Wesleyan University

2013-2016 Dean’s List, Ohio Wesleyan University

2015 Annie Rogers Rusk Prize in Art, Ohio Wesleyan University

2013-2015 Sallie Thompson Humphrey’s Art Award, Ohio Wesleyan University


Committee membership/service


2025 SFA Animatino program, Author

2024 SFA Animatino program, Author

2023 SFA Animatino program, Author

2023 SFA Art day, workshop instructor Animation

2022 College Portfolio Reviewer, School Art Expo, Carmel High School, CA

2022 Juror, painting exhibition, Central Coast Art Association, Monterey, CA

2021 Fine Art Judge, For the Love of Art, Carmel Art Association, regional students, CA

2019 College Portfolio Reviewer, School Art Expo, Carmel High School, CA

2017-2018 School of Art Senator, Graduate Student Senate, Bowling Green State University

2015-2016 Student Board Chair, Undergraduate, Fine Art Department, Ohio Wesleyan University

2016 Student Art Club, Undergraduate, Vice President, Ohio Wesleyan University

2015 Student Art Club Undergraduate, Curator, Ohio Wesleyan University

2015 Student Art Club, Undergraduate, Member, Ohio Wesleyan University


Fine Art-related activities


2024 Portfolio Night, Animation Demonstration Reels

2024 Faculty Guest, SFA AAF Student feedback for commerical competition in Product Design

2024 Artist Demonstration and Talk, Carmel Art Association, CA

2023 Portfolio Night, Animation Demonstration Reels

2022 Artist Talk Invitational for CAC State Exhibtion, Research and Painting Methods, Blue Line Arts Gallery, CA

2021 Central Coast Art Association, Guest Artist Talk and Demo, CA

2021 Sacramento Fine Arts Festival, CA

2021- 2022 Paso Robles Art in the Park, CA

2019 FATE Conference, Presenter, Columbus, OH

2018 Guest Graduate MFA Presentation and Critique, Painting, Ohio Wesleyan University

2015 Indiana University Printmaking Workshop, Student Participant

2014 Vaudeville, Set Artist, Youth Arts Collective, Monterey CA

2014 Youth Arts Collective, Artists Workshop, Annual Carmel Arts festival

Photo credit Iain T. Anderson 2021.