Ben Buswell is a Portland-based artist whose works span diverse media. Using small, repetitive physical processes such as tearing, melting, and scratching, Buswell transforms ceramic, metal, resins, and photography into complex sculptures and installations. During his residency, Buswell focused on the use of glass powder, slowing building layers of lightly fused grains of glass to create intricate surfaces and imagery.
Buswell received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and BFA from Oregon State University. Buswell is a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts and a two-time recipient of the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation. In addition to three solo exhibitions at Upfor in Portland, notable solo exhibitions were held at Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles, CoCA Seattle, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Oregon, and TILT Gallery and Project Space in Portland. His work was included in Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, and The Oregon Biennial 2006 at the Portland Art Museum, and is included in public collections at Portland Community College, Rock Creek, and the Collaborative Life Sciences Building at Oregon Health & Science University. Buswell received a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. He is represented by Upfor, Portland, Oregon.