Drew Bennett (b. 1981, Chicago, IL) is an Oakland-based artist, designer/builder, curator, and creative director. Bennett graduated from Colorado College in 2004 (BA, Fine Arts). Bennett moved to San Francisco in 2005 where he exhibited painting, installation and social practice work as well as developed his own business as a designer and builder. In 2012, Bennett founded FB AIR, Facebook’s artist in residency program. Between 2012 and 2018, Bennett grew the program from a headquarters-based residency experience to an international site-specific installation program commissioning hundreds of new works annually. Initially featuring friends like David Wilson, Jay Nelson, Lucky Dragons, and Serena Mitnick-Miller, Bennett would eventually work with some of his early heroes, including Katharina Grosse, Barry McGee, Alicia McCarthy, and Tom Sachs. In 2015, Bennett co-founded Starline Social Club (Oakland) with Adam Hatch and Sam White. Starline operates as a bar, restaurant, and venue that facilitates artists, musicians, activists, and community based entrepreneurs in the exhibition of music, performance, literary, social, culinary, and visual media. Now resigned from his role at Facebook, he is dedicated to his art, family, and Starline.

 

 

Please inquire for available works: info@nullevergoldprojects.com

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Exhibitions with Ever Gold [Projects]:

Drew Bennett
it flows through and all around you
June 13 – July 26, 2019

 

 

 

Selected Press:

Inky Goodness: Facebook AIR Creative Director Drew Bennett
euronews: Meet Drew Bennett, founder of Facebook’s Artist In Residence Program
SF Weekly: Facebook Artists in Residence Gets Analog with ‘Group Hang’
Refinery29: At Facebook, Art Becomes A Metaphor For What The Company Wants To Achieve
Artsy: What It’s Like to Be an Artist in Residence at Facebook
Mercury News: Facebook campus becomes artist’s canvas: Tech firms hire creative minds to inspire workforce

 

 

 

Drew Bennett
Easter Forest Bathers, 2019
Oil, latex, acrylic, and wood
35 x 40 x 3 inches

 

Drew Bennett
Blue Lake Mountain, 2019
Oil, latex, acrylic, and wood
45 x 34 x 3 inches

 

Drew Bennett
Keep It With You, 2019
Oil, latex, acrylic, and wood
48 x 96 x 3 inches

 

 

 

 

DREW BENNETT

Born 1981, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Oakland, CA

 

 

Education

2004
BA (Fine/Studio Arts), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, CO)

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2019
it flows through and all around you at Ever Gold [Projects] (San Francisco, CA)

 

 

Public Speaking:

2019
Next Wave Residencies at Res Artis Annual Summit (Kyoto, Japan)

2018
Dismantling the Fourth Wall: New Strategies in Workplace Wellness at Gensler (San Francisco, CA)
Juror Talk for Walk the Line at GearBox Gallery (Oakland, CA)
HOLDING SPACE: Supporting Local Communities through Art for Art Bites at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Designing Authentic Intersections between Art and Community at If So, What? Art and Design Festival (San Francisco, CA)
Case Studies in Unexpected Collaborations at Culture Summit (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
Keynote Speaker at Offset Dublin – Design Conference (Dublin, Ireland)

2017
OPEN FORM: Platform Building for Analog Art in the Digital Era at The Lab (San Francisco, CA)
How Tech Companies Think About the Arts at Americans for the Arts Convention (San Francisco, CA)

2016
Programming for Power SharingOPEN ENGAGEMENT at the Oakland Museum of California (Oakland, CA)

2015
What Can Exhibitions Do? for Summer Symposium at the San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA)

2014
Changing the Paradigm for Corporate Art — One Art Nation at Art Silicon Valley (San Mateo, CA)
Making Connections Between the Creative Practices of Artists and the Creative Cultures Developed in Contemporary Industries for Open City: Art City at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA)