Curriculum Vitae – Ben La Rocco



2004                MFA Pratt Institute, New York, NY

1998                BA Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

1996-97           Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI


Selected Solo Exhibitions


2019                Love and Other Shadows, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2016                Emissary, Perimeter Gallery, Belfast, ME

2015                Saturn’s Gates, SLAG Gallery, New York, NY

Alien Bird Song, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2013                Fugue State, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

2012                John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2010                John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY

2006                Bloom, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

2005                Seasmoke, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

2002                Golden Idols, Gallery Artist Guild Space, Paris, France

2001                Configurations, Gallery Artist Guild Space, Paris, France


Collaborative Projects and 2 Person Exhibitions


2011                Berlin Viewing, Dam Stuhltrager Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Exhibition with Linnea Paskow)

2010                Love’s Uncomprehending Smile, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY (Exhibition with Craig Olson)

2005              On the Straight and Narrow, Art in Odd Places, HOWL Festival, New York, NY (Public Art Installation in collaboration with Wendy Wong)

2002                Paintings Descending a Staircase, Institute Cochin, Paris, France (Exhibition with Felix Wunderlich)


Selected Group Exhibitions


2018                The Jules Olitski Project, Baron and Ellin Gordon Galleries, Norfolk, VA

2016                Cup of Sugar, LoriMoto Gallery, New York, NY

2015                Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY

Eating Painting, 156 Project Art Space, New York, NY

2014                A Gap In The Screen: Tracking the Trickster Through Myth and Art, Metcalf Gallery, Upland, IN

Triangles, Ventana 244, New York, NY

The Indexical Mark, Life on Mars Gallery, New York, NY

2013                Scale, Life on Mars Gallery, New York, NY

Come Together: Surviving Sandy Year 1, Industry City, New York, NY

See the Pyramids Along the Nile, English Kills, New York, NY

2011                Idiot’s Delight, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

Temporary Autumnal Zone, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

2010                Another Circle, 11 Cross Gallery, Saugerties, NY

Source, The Halls at Bowling Green, New York, NY

Ghost Dance, Vaudeville Park, New York, NY

Color-Time-Space, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

2009                Party at Chris’s House, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

Outside the Lines, The A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, NC

Color-Time-Space, Lohin Geduld and Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

Blogpix,  Platform Gallery, New York, NY

2008                Party at Phong’s House, Janet Kurnatowski, New York, NY

183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art,  National Academy of Design Museum, New York, NY

Shape Shifters: New York Painters, A.D. Gallery, Pembroke, NC

Shape Shifters: New York Painters, Sideshow Gallery, New York, NY

2007                A Painting Show, Planet Tai, New York, NY

Punch Bowl, Metaphor Gallery, New York, NY

2006                Making the Timeless Now, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY

1999                Wingspread Gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine




2011                Residency, Dam Stuhltrager Visiting Artist Program, Berlin, Germany

2008                S.J. Wallace Truman Fund Award for Painting, National Academy Museum, New York, NY

2005-2006       Residency, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, New York, NY



Selected Bibliography


Sharon Butler, “Ben La Rocco’s Saturnalia” Two Coats of Paint, Nov 23, 215

James Kalm, interview, “Ben La Rocco ‘Saturn’s Gate’ at SLAG”

Rough Cuts, Nov 12, 2015

Craig Olson, Interview: “Artist Exchange: In Conversation with Ben La Rocco”

Hyperallergic, March 7, 2015, in-conversation-with-ben-la-rocco/

Tom Micchelli, Interview: “Revealing Soul: Painting’s Cosmological Constant,”

Hyperllergic, April 6, 2013,

Corina Larkin, “Ben La Rocco: Fugue State,” The Brooklyn Rail, May 3, 2013

James Kalm, interview “Ben LaRocco, ‘Fugue State’ at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery,”

Rough Cuts, Apr 25, 2013,,

Christopher Joy, Zachary Keating, interview, “Ben La Rocco, Jan 2012,” Gorky’s      Granddaughter, Jan 21, 2012,

Interview, “In conversation: Acheson, Olson, Swords, La Rocco, Soliven, Manford &     Paskow,” NYArts, Jan 2012

Hrag Vartanian, “Interview with Blogpix artist Ben La Rocco,”A Brooklyn Art Critic’s   Notebook, 2009,

David Cohen, “Hints of Disorder Within Grids and Stripes,”

The New York Sun, April 6, 2006

Vered Lieb, “New York Views,” Abstract Art Online, April 15, 2006

Heather Wilkinson, “Young Free Artist: Inventing Art and Self in Gouldsboro”

The Ellsworth American, March 4, 1999



Visiting Artist Lectures/Presentations/Critiques


2012               Lecture and Undergraduate Critiques, Suny Oswego, Oswego, NY,            Apr. 10

2010               Panel Participant, Maturity in Art: Reflecting on General Differences, East Village Forum, New York, NY, Nov. 9

2009                Panel Participant, Younger than Pontius Pilate, National Academy          Museum, New York, NY, May 22

2008                Lecture and Graduate Critiques, Montclair University, Montclair, NJ,  October 21

Lecture, Nurture Art Muse Fuse, New York, NY, Oct. 12

Undergraduate critiques, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts, New Brunswick, NJ, Apr. 25

Lecture and Graduate Critiques, The Artist as Critic, Pratt Institute, NewYork, NY, Jan. 31

2006                Panel Participant, Ron Gorchov: Paintings, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY, Sept.16

Panel Participant, Presentational Painting, Hunter College, New York,   NY, April 7

Panel Participant, Tondo, Wooster Arts Space, New York, NY, Feb.17


Exhibitions Curated


2015                Paintings in Trees, The People’s Garden, New York, NY

2011                Pratt CAA Exhibition, Hunter College, New York, NY

2008                A Roller Coaster in the Dark, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY

2007                Corpse of Time exhibition at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, New York, NY




2018-2019       Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute Coordinator for Drawing Area

2011-2017       Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, New York, NY

2011                Visiting Instructor, Purchase College, Purchase, NY

2009-2010       Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2000-2002       English Instructor, Corporate English, Paris, France

1999-2000       Pre-school Teacher, The Stuart School, Paris, France


Writing and Editing


2011-present  Editor at large, The Brooklyn Rail

2003-2016       Contributing writer, The Brooklyn Rail

2012-present  Contributing writer, Hyperallergic,

2006-2011       Managing Art Editor, The Brooklyn Rail

2012                Contributing Writer, NYArts

2003-2006       Contributing Writer, artcritical,