Originally from Michigan, Ben Stout earned a BFA in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in ceramics from Ohio University.  He has taught at Ohio University, Marietta College, and is currently a Fountainhead Fellow at VCU.  Ben has exhibited work at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, the Kingswood Lower Gallery at Cranbrook, and the Art Stream Nomadic Gallery.  His current work explores sights through material interventions designed to navigate the relationship between the internal cloistered space of the gallery and public passageways and thoroughfares, opening onto questions about local shared histories and larger ideas of the public.