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Lived/Active: New Jersey/New York/Ohio      Known for: minimalist sculpture, ceramics with gold leaf

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Bennett Bean grew up in Iowa City and attended Grinnell College in Grinnell Iowa before transferring to the State University of Iowa in Iowa City where he studied art, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from that institution in 1963. After a brief period of study at the University of Washington, he transferred to Claremont College Graduate School in Claremont, California where he studied ceramics under Paul Soldner. Bean was awarded the Master of Fine Arts from Claremont in 1966.

 After graduation he took a job as instructor of ceramics at Wagner College in New York City, where he remained until 1979. During the mid-1960s Bean made minimalist sculpture from Plexiglas and cast acrylic resin that attracted the attention of the Whitney Museum of American Art. The museum purchased one of Bean's sculptures and included him in the Whitney Biennial of 1968. 

Despite this early success, by 1970 Bean decided to return to ceramics as his primary medium.  He moved to rural New Jersey, where he still resides, and set up his studio and kiln. His current body of work dates to the latter years of the 1970s, when he began to augment fired-on glazes with painted decoration applied after firing to the clay surface. His signature use of gold leaf inside his vessel-sculptures began in 1983.

Bean exhibits throughout the United States and in Canada. The numerous museums that have collected his work include the Detroit Institute of Arts, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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