Assistant professor in the department of art and art history at Michigan State University, Ben Duke balances his role as an educator with his thriving studio practice. Duke is represented by the Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and was featured in a two-person exhibition at that gallery in early 2008.
In 2007, Duke received Honorable Mention for his work, Dissolution of the Necessary Fiction, in the Baker Art Center's 10th National Juried Art Exhibition; he won Third Prize for the Art Interview - 12th International Online Artist Competition, a quarterly international art award that recognizes emerging artists. In 2006, he was selected to participate in Academy 2006 at Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C., a show which featured work by recent fine art graduates from Washington/Baltimore area programs.
Of his work, Duke writes, "In my paintings I ask myself ‘Is this the way the world is?' I reshape and retool my painting experience to answer that question. But while the question begins with the world, it ends with the work itself: ‘Is this the way the world is in this work?'"