Benjamin Billingsley is a painter and printmaker living in Wlimington, North Carolina. He holds an MFA from UNCGreensboro (1995), where he studied under Walter Barker, William Collins and John Maggio. Benjamin Billingsley has exhibited work in the Southeastern United States as well as in Estonia, Russia and Japan.
Ben works in a neo-expressionist mode, focusing on figurative and landscape subjects. He favors acrylic paint, and usually paints with a palette knife. A wide selection of his work can be viewed on his website benjaminbillingsley.com
Ben has taught studio art and art history at Cape Fear Community College full-time since 2001. In 2006 Benjamin Billingsley received the Marilyn Goodman Anderson Endowed Award for Excellence in Teaching (courses taught include Drawing I and II, Painting I, Printmaking I and II, Design I, Studio, Portfolio and Resume, Art History Survey II, Survey of American Art, and Art Appreciation).
Ben is the third generation artist and art instructor in his family. His maternal grandfather, Robert Schellin, was a painter / printmaker / ceramicist based in Milwaukee, WI – he worked for the WPA during the Great Depression and taught art for the University of Wisconsin system for many years. Ben’s parents are Carl Billingsley (MFA, UWM) and Catherine Billingsley (MFA, ECU). Carl is an award-winning sculptor whose work was displayed in downtown Wilmington, NC in 2008. Catherine is a weaver specializing in large-scale tapestries. Carl currently teaches at East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design – Catherine has recently retired from teaching there. Please visit their site at billingsleyatelier.com