Ben Berns was born in Ginnejen, The Netherlands in 1936 and moved to North Carolina in 1970 to teach studio art at UNCG. At the time of his passing in 2007 he lived in Virginia.
He had over 10 solo exhibitions including Schmidt Bingham Gallery, Spainnerman Gallery, Reese Palley Gallery, and the David Findlay Gallery in New York City; Henri Gallery in Washington DC; Heath Gallery in Atlanta; Collectors’ Gallery at the North Carolina Museum of Art; Weatherspoon Gallery at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Galerie 20 in Amsterdam.
Berns’ work was included in over 40 group exhibitions including Whitney Museum of Art, Academy of Arts and Letters, New York Academy of Art, Pratt Graphic Center, New York Cultural Center, and Jewish Museum in New York City; Corcoran Gallery of Art and Frederick Gallery in Washington DC; Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans; Squibb Exhibition Center in Princeton, New Jersey; North Carolina Museum of Art; Asheville Museum of Art; Weatherspoon Gallery of Art in Greensboro; University of Maryland Art Gallery; Galerie de Feu in Paris; and AGS in Amsterdam.
His paintings, drawings and sculpture are in over 50 museum and corporate collections, most notably New York Public Library, American Express Company, Bank of New York, Mutual Life Insurance in New York City; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC; High Museum of Art, Coca-Cola Corporation in Atlanta; Greenville Museum of Art; Musee Cantini in Marseille, France; and the British Museum in London.
Berns was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971.