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Ben Hammond’s Angel in Contemplation

Ben Hammond’s “An Angel in Contemplation.”

Ben Hammond says he creates art because some of his deepest feelings can’t be articulated in words. “I hope that the viewer can sense what is most important to me when they see my work,” he says. “I don’t try to hide any secret meaning in my art. Each piece is deeply personal, yet universal. I try to create images that are beautiful, uplifting, and relatable.”

The sculptor, originally from Pingree, Idaho, has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Gloria Medal, the Beverly Hoyt Robertson Memorial Award, the Charlotte Geffken prize (twice), the Dexter Jones Award (thrice). In 2018, his sculpture “An Angel In Contemplation” won first place in sculpture at the Portrait Society’s International Show. “Pretty sweet,” the artist says.

See more of his work at

This interview was recorded in 2009 as part of our 35×35 exhibition.

Best Of (2018) curated by Emily Larsen.

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