Dean Ebben is a Brooklyn based artist.  His artistic practice is guided by a conceptual approach, expressed through the physiological and physical experience of everyday life. Themes ranging from sexuality, identity, lose, body, memory, mythology and economics.  These ideas are articulated through sculpture, works on paper, video and performance.

He is best known as an interdisciplinary artist.  He works in a variety of mediums and dimensions, often using non-precious materials and everyday items that have been discarded or over looked.  He appropriates material from the media, art history and his own private sources, giving them new meaning by obscuring, reinterpreting and elaborating on them.

Ebben earned his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied sculpture and papermaking, and earned his MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where he studied video and installation.  

Ebben’s work has been shown in such museums and galleries as Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, Museum of Biblical Art, NY, Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY A Gathering of the Tribes, New York, NY and The Center for Book Arts, NY.

His work is included in numerous public and private collections.

Copyright © 2000-2017 Dean Ebben. All rights reserved. 


2005-2007 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY  Master of Fine Arts: with distinction

1993-1997 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA Bachelor of Fine Arts

Selected One Person Exhibitions

2015 Inner Form, Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2013 Pass From The Night, Yashar Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012 Who Will Protect You, Johnson & Johnson World Head Quarters, New Brunswick, NJ

2011 In The House Of The Mineral Spirits, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2010 Trails and Parallels, Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN

2007 Twenty-Four-Hour Show, Drawings and Video, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2007 This One’s For You, New Video Works, Pratt Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1997 Megalopolis, Haywood Gallery, Worcester, MA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016 Drums on Paper II, Risograph Print Show, Rabbithole Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Silence Unbound, Center For Book Arts, curated by Heather Powell, New York, NY

2013 Studio 34 inaugural exhibition, curated by Kim Luttrell, Long Island City, NY

2012 MIND-ROAMING JOURNEYS,  A Gathering of the Tribes curated by Barbara Rosenthal, New York, NY

2012 [ON SILENCE], NYCAMS and 2012 Chelsea Music Festival curated by Janna Dyke, New York, NY

2012 Bound By Silence, Dowd Gallery curated by Heather Powell, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY

2011 Parts of a Whole, new work by MCBA’s artist community, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2009 Altered Religious Texts, Museum of Biblical Art, New York, NY

2008 MIXTAPE, Tom’s Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

2008 Carbunari International Experimental Film Festival, The Florean Contemporary Art Museum, Romania

2007 Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY

2006 NEUBEES, Rider Project D.U.M.B.O. Under the Bridge Festival, New York, NY

2006 Artist Foundation, Mills Gallery, Boston, MA

2006 Media Miniature, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY

2006 P=M/V, Steuben Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

2005 Open Show, Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, MN

2003 Drawing Conclusions: Work by Artist-Critics, New York Arts Magazine Gallery, New York, NY              

2002 Reactions, Alyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA              

2002 Witness and Response: September 11th” Acquisitions in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC     

2001 Reactions, Exit Art, New York, NY

2000 Fifteen Years Faculty and Friends, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

2000 Foot in the Door, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

2000 Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

1999 Faculty Exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN 

1999 Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ

1997 Gallery 70, Distillery Gallery, Boston, MA

1997 Gallery 70, Artist Foundation Gallery, Boston, MA

1996 Gallery 70, Haywood Gallery, Worcester, MA


2011 Illume, Visionary Award, awarded to William F. Baker

2003- Building Blocks,  Perpich Center for Arts Education, Golden Valley, MN

2002 Waiting: a peace memorial, Church of The Holy Family, United Nations Parish, New York, NY

(Removed  in 2014 do to churches views on homosexuality and gay marriage).


2016 Digital Fabrication Residency, Easton, MD

2008 Cuts and Burns, Video Editing Residency, New York, NY

2004 Amigo Award, Betances Health Center, New York, NY

1996 Gallery 70, Artist Foundation, Boston, MA


2012 Who Will Protect You, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

2012 BOUND BY SILENCE, DOWD GALLERY, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, New York 2012

2004 Why I Continue to Make Art, by Dean Ebben PACE News From The Perpich Center for Arts Education, Vol. 2,2004

1999 Old Ways, New Views: Photographic Process on Hand Made Paper, Hand Papermaking, Inc., Washington DC, 1999.

Selected Reviews

2013 Huffington Post Studio 34: Long Island City Open Studio Weekend May 22,2013 by Susan Eley

2011 City Pages “In the House of the Mineral Spirits” By Jessica Armbruster Minneapolis, MN January 12, 2011

2011 City Pages, The Dressing Room “Dean Ebben’s In the House of the Mineral Spirits’ at the Susan Hensel Gallery” By Coco Mault

Minneapolis, MN January 12, 2011

2010 Minnesota Public Radio, State of the Arts “Similar journeys, on different paths”, By Marianne Combs May 19th, 2010

2009 Asphalt Eden, “Altered Religious Texts” August 3, 2009

2009 Trickhouse: back room, “Altered Religious Texts” by Noah Sterstrom August 26, 2009

2004 China Press, New York, NY November 20th 2004

2004 Grand Street News, “Betances Unveils Painting, Celebrates Jazz” New York, NY  November 1, 2004

2002 NBC KARE 11 interview for “Whatever” Minneapolis, MN

2002 Sun Post, New Hope, MN by Sue Webber September 7th

1999 Hand Papermaking Magazine, winter 1999, Volume 14, Number 2: “Reaching Back Moving Forward: Photos on Handmade Paper”, by John Risseeuw   

1997 Boston Herald, Boston, MA March 9th, 1997

Teaching Experience

2012 SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY “String Theories”, Performance Workshop

2010 Valley Ridge Art Studio, Muscoda, WI Alternative Photo Process.

2008 Museum of Biblical Art New York, NY “Traveling With Chagall” Non- Adhesive Book Binding and Mono Printing

2008-10 Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN Alternative Photo Process and Alternative Printing Process.

2005-07 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY Graduate Assistant, Art History Dept. Assistant to Dr. Robert Morgan

1997- 2001 Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN Alternative Photo Process and Alternative Printing Process.

1998 Carriage House Paper, Brooklyn, NY

Public Collections

University of California, CA, Columbia University, IL,

Arizona State University Library, AZ, UCLA Special Collections, CA,

Brown University Rockefeller Library, RI, Idaho State University Library, ID,

University of Utah Marriott Library, UT, Wake Forest University, NC,

Smith College, MA, Dieu Donne Paper Mill Inc, NY, University of Iowa Library, IA,

Rochester Institute of Technology Wallace Library, NY, Library of Congress,

Washington DC, Church of the Holy Family The United Nations Parish, NY,

Betances Health Center, NY

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Albert Camus said “We have art in order not to die of life.” For me, this is the reason I make art.