Ben Livingston

PO Box 50228

Austin, TX 78763

Born  August 2, 1958 - Victoria, Texas USA

Apprenticeships and Mentoring

Madeline O’Connor, Victoria, TX

Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC

Stephen Antonakos, Artist, NY, NY

Pebbles Wadsworth, Director - UT Performing Arts Center, Austin, TX

Janet Lenox Moyer - Lighting Designer/Educator, UC Berkeley & RPI, Troy, NY

Rudi Stern, Author, NY,NY

Fritz Ozuna, Texas Neon, San Antonio, TX

Jesus Morales, Sculptor, Rockport, TX

Denny Bruce, Music Producer, LA, CA

John Sayles, Writer/director, Guilford, CT

Jeff Ragsdale, Whitney (ISP), Artist/Musician, Austin, TX

Bill Browder, Musician, Austin, TX

Neil Chavigny, Marfa, TX

Daniel F. Morris, Austin, TX

Robert Jackson PhD, Author, Raleigh, NC


Honors & Awards

2010 Acquisition/installation, “Where the Roses Get Red, University of Texas permanent collection, Bass Concert Hall

2009  Workshop/Lecture, Corning Museum of Glass/Glass Arts Society International Conference, Corning, NY  

2006 “The People's Gallery”, City Hall Juried exhibit, Austin, TX

2005  Commission, Public Art Program, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

1996  Grant, Tides Foundation, San Francisco, CA:  Educational Grant, Phillip Morris, Richmond, VA;

1995 Public Commission, Art in Public Places, Convention Center, Austin, TX; Public Commission, Citizens Medical Plaza, Victoria, TX; Public Commission Award, Shorenstien Corporation/Art Central Art Competition, Charlotte, NC; , Artist residency, Context Art Center, Charlotte N.C.

1993  Fellowship, National Endowment For The Arts, Washington, D.C.; Best Neon in Austin Award, Austin Chronicle

1992  Purchase Award, Competition, Sangre de Christo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO; Poster Design Award, Association Festival Livre de Jeunesse, La bibliothèque municipale Jacques-Prévert, Cherbourg, France

1989   Grant, City of Austin Cultural Arts Commission, Discovery Hall Science Museum, Austin, TX; Lighting Design Award, Illuminating Engineers Society (IES), San Francisco, CA

1988  Award of Excellence (Paul Waterbury International Outdoor Illuminating Design Award) for Neon Mural #1, Illuminating Engineers Society (IES) , Minneapolis, MN.

 University and Museum Speaking, Performance and Workshop engagements

2018  Gallery Talk, Beeville Art Museum, Beeville TX; Spirit House Presentations, Texas State University: Dialog Series, Philosophy and Honors English departments; Powerpoint Presentation & Lecture, Chemistry and Physics Department, Angelo College, San Angelo, TX

2017  Gallery Talk, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art

2016  Moderator with Author - Neltje Doubleday Kings, Texas Book Festival, Austin, TX

2015  Gallery “Songtalk” Presentation, 10X10, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

2014 “Songtalk” Presentation, Hallmark Lecture Series, Art  and Architecture Departments, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS; “songtalk” Concert, Continental Club Gallery SXSW Saturday, Austin, TX

2013  “Songtalk” Performance, The Living Room Presents: Ben Livingston, Austin, TX

2012 “Songtalk” Performance, The Living Room Presents: Ben Livingston, Austin, TX; Recitation about Dyslexia, Rawson Saunders School  for Dyslexia, Austin, TX; Concert, Continental Club Gallery SXSW Saturday

2010 Gallery “Songtalk”, Westbank (Laura’s) Library, Austin, TX; Neon Demo/Workshop, Gallery “Songtalk”, East Tour, Clayworks Studio, Austin, TX

2009  Workshop/Lecture, “Songtalk”, Corning Museum of Glass/Glass Arts Society International Conference workshop, Corning, NY; Continental Club Gallery SXSW Saturday exhibit talk and concert, Austin, TX; Neon Demo/Workshop, East Tour, Clayworks Studio, Austin, TX

2008 Lecture, Spirit Houses of SE Asia, Professor Larry Browning, Communications Department, University of Texas, Austin; Neon Demo/Workshop, East Tour, Clayworks Studio, Austin, TX

2005  Lecture, Gallery “Songtalk”, Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX

1998  Lecture, Presentation, Shanghai American School, Shanghai, R.O.C.; Gallery “Songtalk” Indigo Gallery, Kathmandu, Nepal

1996  Lecture, Gallery “Songtalk”, Austin Convention Center, Art in Public Places, Austin, TX

1995  Lecture/Presentation/Neon Shop Field Trip Demo, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, (RPI) Lighting Research Center, Troy, NY

1994  Concert with Terry Allen and Joe Ely, Jumpstart Theater, Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX

1992  Lecture/Presentation, Backstage to the Arts, Austin,TX

1991  Gallery Talk, Nave Museum, Victoria, TX; Lecture/Presentation, Texas A&M University, Lighting and Architecture Department, College Station, TX; Lecture/Presentation, Backstage to the Arts, Austin, TX              


2018  Fowler, Gene, “Ben Livingston’s Spirit Houses’ at San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts”, Glasstire Magazine

Carrillo, Phillip M., “Ben Livingston LIVE From the Coachella Valley Art Center”, CV Produccion, Indio, CA

Delaney, Tim, “Spirits of the past come alive in neon art exhibit”, Beeville Picayune

2017  Guzman, Victor, “New SAMFA exhibit features work of Austin-based neon light sculptor”, (KLST), San Angelo,TX,

2015  Cantrell, Mary, “Drawing With Light” Smear Magazine

2014  Jones, Lynda, “Neon artist, songwriter, actor Ben Livingston brings works to Wilhelmi-Holland Gallery”, Corpus Christi Caller Times; Garrett Pitt, “Ben Livingston Interview and Origina Song Performance, Songwriters Across Texas

2013  Barnes, Michael, "Multi-gifted artist adds acting to his resume" Austin American Statesman

2012  Highland, Brittany, "Ben Livingston livens Austin community through music and neon art" The Austinot

2011  Anderson, Dane, "Ben Livingston packs a lot of talent into electrifying arts" Westlake Picayune

2010  “Artist Ben Livingston exhibits at Laura's Library" Westlake Picayune; "Roses are Red... Neon art installation at Bass Concert Hall", Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas

2009  Livingston, Ben "Like a Glowing Stone", Glass Art Society International Conference Journal, Corning, NY Delaney, Tim, "Neon artist shines on stage" Victoria Advocate

2008 Swift, Jim, "Neon Mural #1 coming down" (KXAN)

2005 Brenner, Wayne Allen, "Neon Exodus Ben Livingston's animated neon mural is glowing going gone...", The Austin Chronicle

1995  “Lumen: Arte Con Luz de Turbos de Neón”, Valle de Texas, Reynosa, Mexico; “Neon Nightsticks”, McAllen Monitor; “People and Issues of ‘95: A look at people expected to make news in central Texas in 1995”, Austin American-Statesman; Phillips, Bob, “Ben Livingston: Neon artist”, Video documentary, Texas Country Reporter; “Ben Livingston in the Spotlight”, Dallas/Fort Worth Design magazine; Delaney, Tim, “Acclaimed Artist Brings Neon Home”, Victoria Advocate   

1993  "In His Element", Austin American- Statesman; "Ben Livingston, West Bank Artist", West Lake Picayune; "The Electric World of Ben Livingston", Victoria Advocate; Artist Gets Bright Ideas, Austin American- Statesman

1992  "Neon What a Gas", Texas Highways Magazine

1991  "Neon is Artist's Guiding Light", Victoria Advocate; First Orbit by Ben Livingston, Victoria Advocate; "Texas Neon Artist Featured in Exhibit", Big Spring Herald; "Artists Turned On by Neon Featured At Ulrich Museum" The Wichita Eagle; “Neonics Contemporary Light Art” by Maria Ciski, Richard Leslie, Ben Livingston; Barr, Vilma, “The Best of Neon”, Business/Professional Inc., New York, NY

1990 Stern, Rudi, “Contemporary Neon”, Von Nostrand Reinhold, New York, NY   

1987-88 Swift, Jim, “Beneon”, (KXAN); “Cow Cow Boogie”, Museum of Neon Art, The Today Show, NBC, NY ,NY


Solo Exhibitions

2019 “Desert Storm” (Working title) Coachella Valley Art Center, Indio, CA

2018 “Poesta Rising: Beeville's Ghosts, Memories and Spirit Houses”, Beeville Museum of Art:, Beeville, TX

2017/2018 “Ben Livingston, Paintings + Neon”, Austin School of Film, Austin, TX; “I Once Was Here: Ghosts and Memories - Featuring works from Ben Livingston's Spirithouse series and a companion exhibit in collaboration with Fort Concho National Historic Landmark”, San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, TX

2014  “Nightsticks”, Wilhelmi – Holland Gallery, Corpus Christi, TX

2010  “Paintings by Ben Livingston”, Westbank (Laura’s) Library, Austin, TX

2009  “Neon at the Continental Club” Continental Club Gallery, Austin, TX

1996   “Interpret”, Context Art Center, Charlotte, NC

1993  “Electric Metaphors”, Milagros Gallery, Blue Star Arts Complex, San Antonio, TX

1992  “Ben Livingston” Southwest Crafts Center, San Antonio, TX; Cowgirls and Flowers, Austin, TX; “Current Work” Austin College, Sherman, TX

1991 “First Orbit”, Nave Museum, Victoria, TX; Jeffreys of Austin, Austin, TX

1990  “Ben Livingston”, Wilhelmi – Holland Gallery, Corpus Christi, TX; “Paintings by Ben Livingston”, Dobie Theater, Austin, TX

1989  "Objects D'ark”, Projex Gallery, Austin, TX


Group Exhibitions

2014  “Target Texas, Contemporary Texas Studio Glass”, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TX

2012  "Small Works" Jonestown Art Center, Jonestown, RI

2009  "Luminous Evidence", Exhibit A Gallery, Corning, NY; Continental Club Gallery, Austin, TX

2006   “The People's Gallery”, City Hall exhibit, Austin, TX

2005   Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin, TX

1997   “Arc Works”, Dougherty Art Center, Austin, TX

1996    “AIPPXIO”, Art in Public Places, Austin, TX

1993   “Eclectic Electric”, Center of Contemporary Art, Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami Beach, FL

1992  “Screen Show”, Gallery I/0, New Orleans, LA; “Grand Prix De Paris 1992”, Musee de la Sorbonne, Paris France; University of California San Diego Neon II Show, Grove Gallery, San Diego, CA; Light Gallery, Houston, TX; Gallery of Functional Art, Santa Monica, CA

1991 Musee de Bordeaux, Bordeaux and Paris France; Edwin A. Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS; "Austin Contemporaries" Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX; “Contemporary Neon”, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA; “The CAAT Show”, The University of Texas at Austin - Mebane Gallery, Austin, TX; “Lights Fantastic”, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX; “BBQ Show”, Devil Dog Gallery, Houston, TX; “Ten American Neon Artists”, Grove Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA

1987-88   “Cow Cow Boogie”, Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, CA

1980 “Texas Artists”, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC


Selected Private Collections

Mick Jagger, NY, NY

John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, Guilford, CT,

Lindsey Lane, Austin, TX

Louis Black, Austin, TX

Stephen Antonakos, NY, NY

Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Santa Fe, NM

The Joffery Ballet, NY, NY

Gerold Arpino, NY,NY

Motorola, Austin, TX

Randi Shade and Kayla Shell, Austin, TX

Peter Pucci, Mt Kisco, NY

Deborah Green, Austin,TX

Chris Maresh, Austin, TX

Jan Lenox Moyer, Troy, NY

Chris Mattsson, Austin, TX

Jeffery Skilling, Houston, TX

Chula Reynolds, Austin, TX

Lance Armstrong, Austin, TX

Chief Wilma Mankiller Stillwell, OK

Frances Hellman, Berkeley, CA

Congregation Kol Halev, Austin, TX

Warren Hellman, San Francisco, CA

Far Niente Winery, Oakville, CA

Cathy Kaplan, Chatham, NY

Sidley, Austin, Brown and Wood LLC, NY, NY

Chicago Botanical Gardens, Glencoe, IL

Bibliotheque Municipal Jaques Prevert, Cherbourg, France


Public Collections

Bass Concert Hall, The University of Texas Permanent Collection, Austin, TX

The Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

Citizen’s Memorial Hospital, Victoria, TX

Spirit Square, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, NC

Texas Tech University, Public Art Collection, Lubbock, TX

San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, San Angelo, TX