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Benjamin Aleshire

Photo by Clare Welsh




Current Goldwater Fellow in New York University's Graduate Program for Creative Writing

B.A. Romance Languages, University of New Orleans

Grants & Awards :

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, 2020

Studio in the Woods Emerging Artist, 2020

Words & Music Festival Prize in Nonfiction, selected by Nathaniel Rich, 2019

Young Artist Series, St. Lawrence University, 2013

Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant, 2011

VSAC Photography Scholarship, 2007


The Generator, Burlington, VT (Summer 2022)

77Arts, Rutland, VT (June, 2021)

Vermont Studio Center (March/Aug 2020, with James Merrill Fellowship)

A Studio In the Woods, New Orleans, LA (Sep. 2020)

Kunstlerhaus Vowerkstift, Hamburg, DE (Summer 2017)

Bluseed Studios, Saranac Lake, NY (Summer, 2014)

BCA Center, Burlington VT (Fall 2012)


Exhibitions & Festivals


Solo Exhibit, Generator Makerspace, 2022

Solo Exhibit, Seagull Studios, 2022

Solo Exhibit, 77ARTS, Rutland, 2021

Prospect Biennial satellite show, New Orleans, 2018

Studio Group Show, United Bakery Gallery, 2017

Solo Exhibit, Burlington International Airport, 2013

Solo Exhibit, BCA Center, 2012

Studio Group Show, Green Door Studio, 2010

Solo Exhibit, Radio Bean, 2008

Father-Son Exhibit, Paramount Theatre, 2007

Chaffee Art Center, Members' Exhibit, 2006

BCA Sales & Leasing, 2011-2014

Benjamin Aleshire


Based in Brooklyn, NY and Burlington, VT

Born and raised in a working-class family in rural Vermont, my father worked in the darkroom at the local newspaper. As a teenager, I got hooked on 35mm; before long we had plumbed and wired a darkroom together in the back room of the house.

Instead of art school or college I worked various jobs in order to travel and photograph—mostly in Latin America, Europe, and the Republic of Georgia. 


Currently I'm working on pushing the boundaries of cyanotype photography, with a focus on large portraits from 120 and 35mm film, stretched onto cotton, linen, and muslin, like paintings.

This summer, as the artist-in-residence at Generator in Burlington, VT, I'll be experimenting on going even larger, perhaps even mural-sized.

Currently I also write freelance reviews on books and art, mostly for Seven Days, Vermont's independent weekly newspaper. You can visit my literary website here.

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photo by Clare Welsh

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