"My journey as a storyteller stands as a continuation AND PROTECTION of our contemporary INDIGENOUS cultures"
- Ashdúuptàako Ishtaxíialúutchish(Steals The Guns From Two Enemy Camps)
Ben Pease, b. 1989 in Missoula, MT the youngest of 3 siblings. Ben grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation town of Lodge Grass, MT, and graduated High School at Hardin High School. Ben subsequently attended Minot State University on a football scholarship and was awarded the Twyman Art Scholarship. At MSU he studied under Walter Piehl, a protege of world-renowned artist Fritz Scholder. After meeting his Wife at Minot State University and having their first son, Ben and his family moved to Bozeman, MT. Pease left football behind and continued his pursuit of art & creativity at Montana State University where he studied under Rollin Beamish & Sara Mast.
Ben’s work has gained national & international attention. His work has been featured in scores of magazines, books, online publications, and social media networks like Western Art Collector Magazine, Southwest Art Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine, Big Sky Journal, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Montana Women’s Magazine, National Geographic, University of North Carolina Press, and even various international periodicals in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Stuttgart, & Frankfurt.
Ben Pease is presently practicing under a 1-year artist residency at the Gary & Melissa Oakland Artist-In-Residence Studio at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, MT to finish in early Dec. Of 2019.
This residency is leading up to a tandem group exhibition at the Chicago Field Museum, University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium, titled Apsáalooke Women & Warriors is set to open March of 2020.
He was most recently named Artist-of-the-Year from the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Board of Trustees. Ben, his Wife Malisha, and two sons Laetus & Quannah currently live in Billings, MT.
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