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Pictured is Ben Schonberger. Photo | Randall Coleman

Lecturer of Photography
Program Coordinator - Media Arts

Contact Information


  • M.F.A., Photography, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • B.F.A., Photography/Computer Imagery, Shepherd University

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Photography
  • Black and White Photography I, II
  • Body and the Lens
  • Commercial and Editorial Photography
  • Constructed Still-Life Photography
  • Experimental Video
  • Foundations of Art and Design
  • Graphic Design I
  • Graphic Design Capstone
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Performance Art
  • Photography for Non-Majors
  • Self-Publishing: The Photobook
  • Senior Thesis I, II
  • Studio Photography


Ben Schonberger is a visual artist and lecturer of photography based on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Utilizing photography, appropriated imagery, collage, performance and sculpture, his work examines the complexities of identity through longterm social investigations and archive augmentation processes.

Schonberger has exhibited his projects nationally and internationally. His work is part of public and private collections including The Detroit Institute of Arts Department of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and The Toledo Museum of Art. His self-published photobooks can be found in the MoMA Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art Library and The Arts Library at Yale University. 

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Affiliations

  • Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, member
  • The Aperature Foundation, member
  • Society for Photographic Education, member

Research Interests

  • Studio art
  • Lens-based media and interdisciplinary projects
  • Photobooks and self-publishing

Selected Artistic Works

Solo Exhibitions

  • Perfect Safety: ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, 2020
  • Beautiful Pig: Filter Space, Chicago, Ill., 2018
  • Beautiful Pig: Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, W.Va., 2017
  • Beautiful Pig: River House Arts, Toledo, Ohio, 2016
  • Hammer: The Muted Horn, Cleveland, Ohio, 2016

Group Exhibitions

  • The Grandeur of Power: curated by Eric Shiner, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2023
  • Zodiac; Garden Party: Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2022
  • Extending a Hand: curated by Imin Yea, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2021
  • Beyond Our Means: curated by Brian Carpenter, The Muted Horn, Cleveland, Ohio, 2019
  • Raw Hide: curated by Ian Breidenbach, The Neon Heater, Findlay, Ohio, 2018

Selected Awards & Honors

  • Recipient: Greater Pittsburgh Artist Opportunity Grant, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2018
  • Foam Talent: Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2017
  • Shortlisted, jury special mention by Anouk Kruithof, The Anamorphosis Prize, Old Greenwich, Conn., 2015
  • Shortlisted: The Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Award: Paris, France, 2013

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