Benjamin Duke

318 Kresge Art Center
600 Auditorium Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyArt, Art History, and Design

Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Benjamin Swallow Duke was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Utah. He studied Literature, Philosophy and Art at the University of Utah receiving his BFA in 2002. He received his Master of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Hoffberger School of Painting, and has been teaching painting and drawing at Michigan State University since 2006. Duke has had numerous Solo, and Group shows at the national and international level including at the Fitton Art Center in Hamilton, Ohio, “Weak Painting Group,” exhibitions at The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art in Taipei and Da Xiang Art Space in Taichung City, Taiwan, and Several Solo exhibitions at Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago. Duke’s work has been represented since 2006 by Ann Nathan Gallery, a well-established and respected downtown Chicago Gallery with a focus on contemporary realism. Duke has also been awarded international residencies at Bamboo Curtain Studios, Taiwan from May to July 2009 and The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art December 2009 through January 2010 at Taipei National University of the Arts, the premier Art University in Taiwan. A Catalogue entitled: Benjamin Duke 2001-2010: Ten years of Work with essays by Brian Kubarycz, a scholar of contemporary literature, and Su YuAnn, an independent curator and critique, published by Garden City Publishing is coming out in June 2010.


Leslie Mural

From Books, To Books. Mural 16ftx90ft Leslie, MI 2020

University News

Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial Exhibit Runs Through July 21 at MSU Broad
Published February 5, 2024 in College of Arts & Letters
The works of 22 Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) faculty are now on display through July 21, 2024, at the MSU Broad Art Museum as part of an exhibition that highlights the diverse,…Read now »
Students Create Mural at Kresge Art Center
Published September 12, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
Colorful mural with two heads facing each other. It hangs against a brick building
There is a new outdoor mural on MSU’s campus and it is breathing artistic life into the south side of Kresge Art Center, which faces the Red Cedar River. A reception will be held on…Read now »
No Hands, No Limits, No Problem for Graduating Studio Art Senior
Published December 11, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
a women with long dark hair wearing a white smock painting a picture with no hands
Born with no hands and missing her big toes and supporting bones on each foot, Kathryn Bailey hasn’t allowed her quadrilateral limb deficiency to keep her from living a “normal” life and…Read now »
AAHD Class Creates Mural for Downtown East Lansing
Published November 1, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
Man with headphones, a hat, and glasses painting a brightly colored mural.
A Department of Art, Art History, and Design class project is now on permanent display in downtown East Lansing. The Public Art: Understanding and Practice class, taught by Ben…Read now »