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Artist of the Month
May 2010

Artist of the Month

Howard Ben Tre

Howard Ben Tré’s sculpture continues his tradition of referencing inspirational architectural forms: Stupas, Spires, Minarets and Obelisks. At the same time, they can be seen as individual figures forming a related family group, creating archetypal images. Each sculpture has a foot anchoring it firmly to the ground, a demarcated waist and a head that continues the upward movement of the form. As individual works, they are profound, each articulating the connection between the spiritual intention of the referenced architectural form and our physical and spiritual presence on earth. 

Howard Ben Tre

Artist of the Month

About Howard Ben Tre

Howard Ben Tré is internationally recognized for his unique sculptures and large-scale works of art for public and private spaces. Ben Tré is a pioneer in the use of cast glass as a sculptural medium, and his work is included in more than 85 museum and public collections worldwide, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Art, Houston; the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice.

Ben Tré’s work has been featured in 39 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including a ten-year retrospective organized by the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, that traveled nationally. Other one-person exhibitions of sculptures and drawings include those organized by the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice; the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University; the Toledo Museum of Art; and the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art. A retrospective exhibition including sculptures, works on paper, drawings, and public projects, organized by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, finished its national tour in 2001. An exhibition of his public art is currently on view at the Anderson Gallery, University of Buffalo. Ben Tré has lectured extensively about his individual sculptures and his public projects and philosophy in the U.S. and abroad.

Ben Tré’s breakthrough technical innovations have extended his mastery of cast glass and allowed him to create monumental sculptures that can survive the rigors of outdoor installation. Among Ben Tré’s public commissions are the award-winning installation of fountains and seating created for Post Office Square Park in Boston; the plaza and sculpture for BankBoston’s headquarters in downtown Providence, which received the 1998 Urban Design Award from the Providence Preservation Society; the fountain created for the lobby of the Hasbro Children’s Hospital; and a sited sculpture for the plaza at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence. Recently completed commissions include the newly created plaza and seating for the new federal courthouse in Las Vegas; the pedestrianization and street scheme redesign of Warrington Town Center in England; the creation of sited artwork for Siebel Systems, and interactive artwork for the Thea Foss Waterway Esplanade in Tacoma; and plazas, with sculpture/fountains and landscaping, for Target Corporation Headquarters in Minneapolis, Bank of America’s Hearst Towers in Charlotte, and Brown University, Providence.

Howard Ben Tré was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1949. He received a B.S.A. from Portland State University in 1978 and a M.F.A from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. He is a three-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a three-time recipient of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. In 1996, his achievements in the visual arts were recognized by the First Annual Pell Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Ben Tré currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Acknowledgment of Gallery:
We are grateful to Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, MI) for providing the materials for the Artist of the Month.

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