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Curriculum Vitae

Born: 1978, California, USA.  Living and working in Sydney, Australia


2011 – 2013 MFA, College of Fine Arts, UNSW Sydney

2008 – 2009 BFA Honours (1st class), College of Fine Arts, UNSW   Sydney

2006 – 2008 BFA printmaking, College of Fine Arts, UNSW Sydney

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Pictures of Scratches – Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Manly

2015 Hoot-Dash Views – Gallery Smith Project Space, Melbourne

2013 Double Coding – Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney

2013 Performance Anxiety – Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2011 Socially Structured Movement - Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney

2010 Consumed  – Iain Dawson Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017   Aura: Repetition, reproduction and the mark of the artist

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2017International Printmedia Festival, Artspace Mullae, Seoul, South Korea

2016International Printmaking Alliance Exhibition, Touring China

Taimiao Art Gallery, Beijing

Nanjing Jinling Art Museum, Nanjing

Tianjin Art Museum, Tianjin

Shijiazhuang Art Museum, Shijazhuang

Shenzhen Guanlan Original Printmaking Museum, Guanlan

20168th International Printmaking Biennial Douro, Portugal

2016Passage, Alive Jincheon Printmaking Museum, Jincheon, South Korea

201650 Years of Print, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

2016Sydney Printmaker’s 55th, Artsite Gallery, Sydney

2015A Start With No End, Touring China

The Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing

Hubei Institute of Fine Arts, Wuhan

2015Out of Quarantine, Manly Museum & Gallery, Sydney

2015Expectation of Privacy, Renke Art Centre, Hangzhou, China

2015Changing Worlds, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China

2015Sydney Contemporary Fair, Cicada Press Stall, Sydney

20152nd Global Print 2015, Douro Museum, Portugal

2015Core, Waiheke Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2015Collection focus: Modern Australia , Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2015Alternatives, 10x10 Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015Seoul-Sydney : Contemporary Korean And Australian Prints,

Chugye University for the Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

2015Interchange : Contemporary Printmaking from Australia and Thailand

Mosman Art Gallery, NSW

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW

ANU Gallery, ACT

Silipakorn University PSG Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand (2014)

2015 Bestiary, University of Virginia, USA

2015 Cutback : Surfing Through Art, Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2015 Brides of Expansion, Gaffa Gallery , Sydney

2014 Semblance of Order, Aicon Gallery , New York, USA

2014 Workshop’d, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW

2014 Antipodes, NorthArt Gallery, Auckland, NZ

2014 Sydney-Lahore: Prints from the Collections of Cicada Press and    Saeed Akhtar Studio , Saeed Akhtar Studio, Lahore, Pakistan

2014 Semblance Of Order, Koel Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2014 Fantasy Asia, IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2014 New & Old Territories, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney

2014 Seoul-Sydney : Contemporary Korean And Australian Prints, UNSW Galleries, NSW

2014 GLINT – Canberra Glassworks, ACT

2014 Everyday Celebrity – Gold Coast City Gallery, QLD

2014 Bridges of Expansion- SFSU, San Francisco USA

2014 Corporeal – Switchback Gallery, Federation University, VIC

2014 Editions II – Tacit Contemporary Art , Melbourne

2013 Contemporary Prints 2013 – Kent House Gallery, Sydney

2013 Conform/Confront – Hong Kong Graphic Arts Fiesta, HK

2013 Semblance Of Order – Parramatta Artist Studio, Sydney

2013 Drawing Now – IDG Gallery, Sydney

2013 Familiar/Unfamiliar – Toowoomba Gallery, QLD

2013 The Drive Home – Robert Blackburn Printshop, New York USA

2013 The Drive Home – Graphic Arts Workshop, San Francisco, USA

2013 Familiar/Unfamiliar – Swan Hill Gallery, Swan Hill, VIC

2013 Corporeal – Geelong Gallery, Geelong VIC

2012 330 Exhibition – Gallery Smith, Melbourne VIC

2012‘ Beginning with Printmaking – Integrative practice and crossing b orders, ’11th Nationwide Academies of Fine Arts Printmaking  Biennial’, Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China

2012 Billboard Art Project – Atlanta, Georgia USA

2012 Familiar/Unfamiliar – S.P.A.C.E Gallery, Launceston TAS

2012 Familiar/Unfamiliar – Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW

2012 (Un)Seen Sculptures – Sydney NSW

2012 Mind & Reality – CofaSpace Gallery, Sydney NSW

2011 Messages From The South - Art Museum of National Taiwan  University of Arts, Taiwan

2011 Mind & Reality – Roxaboxen Gallery, Chicago USA

2011 Familiar/Unfamiliar – C3 contemporary art space, Melbourne VIC

2011 PCA Print Commission - Megalo, ACT

2011 Pacific Rim Meets Istanbul - FASS Gallery, Istanbul Turkey.  In conjunction with the Istanbul Biennale

2011 International Art On Paper Exhibition – Chiang Mai University Art Centre, Chiang Mai , Thailand

2010 Pac Rim Print Exhibition – SOFA gallery, Christchurch NZ

2010 Addiction – CofaSpace Gallery, Sydney NSW

2009 Hip Pop – United Galleries @ Saatchi&Saatchi, Sydney NSW

2009 30x40 – United Galleries, Sydney NSW

2009 Addiction – Alfred School of Art, New York

2009 Halfway House – COFAspace  Sydney

2009 Footprints – Sydney MCA / Blank Space, Sydney

2008 Hip Pop - United Galleries, Sydney

2008 Itchy Feet - Kudos Gallery, Sydney

2008 1200K Fowlers Gap- COFA space, Sydney

2008 Dislocation – Kudos Gallery Sydney

2008 Urban – Gallery Red, Sydney

2008 Untitled – At The Vanishing Point Gallery, Sydney

2008 Dirty Hands– Breathing Colours Gallery, Sydney

2007 Artbeat – Melton

2007 Dislocation - Kudos Gallery Sydney

2007 Living Sydney - Crossbay Gallery, Sydney

Selected Curated Projects

2017   Aura: Repetition, reproduction and the mark of the artist

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery

2014 Fantasy Asia – IVS Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

2013 Mirror,Mirror – CofaSpace Gallery, Sydney NSW

2011 Mind & Reality – CofaSpace Gallery, Sydney NSW

Mind & Reality – Roxaboxen Gallery, Chicago USA

2010 Addiction – CofaSpace Gallery, Sydney NSW

Addiction – Alfred School of Art, New York

Prizes, Grants, Awards and Residencies

2014Warringah Creative Space Artist in Residence

2014Highly Commended Blacktown Art Prize - Sculpture

2014GLINT (Glass+Print) Residency, Megalo Studios and Canberra Glassworks, ACT

2014Chiangmai Art on Paper Residency , Thailand

2014Australia-Thailand Institute (DFAT) – Artist in Residence Grant for CAP Residency (Thailand)

2013Parramatta – Pakistan – Cicada Press Artist in Residence, Sydney

2012UNSW Research Travel Grant

2010Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship

2009Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, UNSW COFA

2009Winner National Tertiary Art Prize  – people’s choice award

2008Winner Blacktown Art Prize – Works on Paper

2008Winner Cofa Annual 2008 - Art Scene award

2008Highly Commended Expose Your World

2007Winner Newtown NCA art prize – Photography

Finalist in:

2017Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award

2017The Print Center’s 91st Annual International Competition

2016Fremantle Print Award

2015Paddington Art Prize

2015Fishers Ghost Art Award

2015Geelong Print Prize

2015Fremantle Print Award

2015Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert  Photo Award

2015Burnie Print Prize

2014Stencil Art Prize

2014Hobart Art Prize

2013Blake Prize

2013Paddington Art Prize

2013Australian Stencil Prize

2013Black Swan Portrait Prize

2013Hazelhurst Art on Paper Prize

2013Burnie Print Prize

2010Fremantle Print Prize

2010NSW Parliament Plein Aire Photographic Award

2009Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize

2009Blacktown Art Prize

2009Waverley Art Prize

2008Burnie Print Prize

2008Duke Gold Coast Art Prize

2008Fisher's Ghost Art Prize

2008MacarthurCook Art Award

2008'New Scientist' Scientific Photography Award

2008Waverley Art Prize

2007Waverley Art Prize

2007Willoughby Art Prize

2007Sydney Morning Herald 'Shoot the Chef'

2007Box Hill Biennial National Art Competition

Collections :

Alfred University School of Art, New York USA

Artbank, Australia

Arts Law Centre Of Australia, NSW Australia

Brooklyn Art Library, New York USA

Camberwell Grammar, VIC Australia

Canson Australia

Charles Sturt University Art Collection

Chiangmai Art on Paper Studios, Thailand

City of Kingston, VIC Australia

City of Maroondah, VIC Australia

Geelong Gallery, VIC Australia

Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD Australia

Grafton Regional Art Gallery, Grafton NSW Australia

Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi Pakistan

The Joan Flasch Artist Books Library, SAIC, Chicago USA

Manly Art Gallery & Museum

New Scientist Magazine, NSW Australia

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Canada

Penleigh & Essondon School, VIC Australia

Print Council of Australia Archive, VIC Australia

San Francisco State University, USA

SGCI Print Collection, Zuckerman Museum Of Art, Georgia, USA

University of Canterbury, SOFA, New Zealand

University of Virginia, VA, USA

UNSW Art & Design, NSW Australia

Warnambool Art Gallery, VIC Australia


2013 Hakoah Room, Adina Bondi, NSW

2012 Molle Street Billboard Project, Tasmania

2011 Print Council Of Australia Print Commission

2009 Arts Law Centre Of Australia, NSW

Conference / Panel presentations

2016Contemporary Print Practice : Year Of The Print Symposium,

Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW

2014Guest Lecture at Southern Printmakers, Hazelhurst Gallery, NSW

2014Songlines: Community, Connection and Opportunity through print in the Asia-Pacific, SGCI Conference, San Francisco, USA

2013 Guest Lecture at Gallery P8, Tel Aviv, Israel

2013 Master Printers in Conversation Panel Discussion, Parramatta Artist Studios, Australia

2012 Guest Lecture at Tel Aviv Print Workshop, Israel

2012 Altruism, Alms & Palms, Mid-America Print Council Conference, Missouri USA

Publications :

Rak, B., 2014. SGC International Conference 2014. Imprint Magazine, Volume 49 Number 2 2014, pg. 32-33 

Rak, B., 2013. Two Worlds – The Art of Ben Soedrajit. Imprint Magazine, Volume 48 Number 4 2013, pg. 18 

Rak, B., 2013.  Performance Anxiety. MFA Thesis

Rak, B., 2013.  Mirror,Mirror. Exhibition Catalogue, March 2013

Rak, B., 2013.  Pressing Prints/Pressing Palms. Imprint Magazine, Volume 48 Number 1 2013, pg 12

Rak, B. 2012 Blending Cultures, Mid-America Print Council Journal Volume 20, Numbers 3&4, 2012

Rak, B., 2010.  Addiction. Imprint Magazine, Volume 45 Number 4 2010, pg 6

Rak, B. Identity Off The Rack. COFA UNSW 2009. Sydney. The Final Word Volume 1 , pg. 16-17.  ISBN:[978-0-9805218-3-2].  A modified version of this article was also published in ‘The College Voice’ online magazine

Rak, B.  Wear Me. 2009 Honours Thesis

Rak, B. Brands, Clothing and the Self. COFA UNSW 2009. Sydney  Half Way House Volume 2, pg. 20-21.  ISBN:[978-0-9805218-2-5]

Citations and Reviews of Exhibition/work :

Wadman, A. Surfing Through Art,

Glint Article, Imprint

New York Postcard, Shaw, G. The Art Life, 30/1/15

Cutback : Surfing Through Art exhibition catalogue – cited in essay Cuttback L The Performance by Emma Collerton, pg 06. 2015

Kempson, M. Pakistan Revisited – the ‘graphic’ diplomacy of print, Imprint Magazine Volume 49, #4 Summer 2014.  Pg 28-29..

Interchange Exhibition catalogue – cited in essays by Somporn Rodboon and Anthony Springford.

Jalil,R. Karachi to Sydney, The Friday Times, Oct 24th, 2014.

Imran,A. Conversations Through Print, ArtNow Pakistan, Oct 6th, 2014.

Jalil,R. Running The Printmaking Marathon, ArtNow Pakistan, Oct 4th, 2014.

Subzwari, S. Art : Ordered Chaos, The Express Tribune.  Sept 21st 2014.

Ali, S. Art Fiend : Defining Semblance, Dawn.Com , Sept 21st 2014.

Tahir,M. Playing with motifs: Artists employ recurring elements to express ideas, using silkscreen prints and etchings, The Express Tribune. Sept 14th, 2014.

Rafi, H. Art & Artists Across Borders, Dawn.Com.  Sept 13, 2014.

Fantasy Asia Catalogue – including essays by Rebecca O’shea and Veera Rustomji, 2014.

Cousins, K. Glint: Glass and Print Canberra Glassworks Review, Sydney Morning Herald, July 11, 2014

Seoul-Sydney : Contemporary Korean And Australian Prints, exhibition catalogue.  July 2014.

Butler, A., 2014. Semblance of Order. Imprint Magazine, Volume 49 Number 1 2014, pg. 12-13

Butler, A., 2013. Ben Rak : Performance Anxiety. Imprint Magazine, Volume 48 Number 4 2013, pg. 17

Kempson, M. 2013.  Longing & Belonging. Catalogue Essay for ‘Double Coding’ exhibition

Semblance of Order catalogue – including essays by Abdullah M.I. Syed and Nafisa Rizvi.  2014

Amir,D., 2013.  Ben Rak Exhibits in Sydney. J-Wire, 25/09/2013,

Greenhalgh,D., 2013.  Mirror,Mirror The First Throwdown Press Residency. Imprint Magazine, Volume 48 Number 2 2013, pg 39

Yishuzs Blog 2013,

Doley,K., 2013.  Throwdown Press. Cofatopia Magazine, April 2013, pg 15

Butler, A., 2013.  COFA printmaking extensions in China. Imprint Magazine, Volume 48 Number 1 2013, pg 13

Webb, P. 2013 Printmakers putting bodies on the line, The Age, March 8, 2013

Walton, I.  2013 Melbournin’, Trouble Magazine, Issue 99, March 2013

Kempson, M. 2012 Altruism, Community and the Importance of Mentoring College Voice, Volume 10, #2 2012,-community-and-the-importance-of-mentoring-–-an-interview-with-michael-kempson-

Forster, S. 2011 PCA Commissioned Prints Imprint Magazine, Volume 47, #2 2012, pg 33

Forster, S. , Impact7 Month Of Print Program Imprint Magazine, Volume 47, #2 2012, pg 32

Forster, S. , Australia In Print Imprint Magazine, Volume 47, #1 2012, pg 38

Frost, A. , Metro Art Section.  Sydney Morning Herald Dec 9th, 2011.

Kelly, D. , Keeping you posted… Imprint Magazine, Volume 46, #4 2011, pg 1

Imprint Magazine, Volume 46 Number 3 2011, pg 31 and 35

Creighton, A. , 2011.  Ben Rak : Finding Authenticity. Imprint Magazine, Volume 46 Number 1 2011, pg 13

Johnston, M. , The Art of Selling New Ideas.  Sydney Morning Herald Feb 27th, 2010.

Creighton, A. , 2010.  We are all a bit inauthentic : Interview with Ben Rak. Art Month Sydney 2010 blog.

Domestic Blend blog. , 2010.  FACPA2010 – Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award 2010 Opening Night.

Happenstance blog. , 2009.  Profile : Ben Rak // Printmaking

Kollector blog. , 2009. Two from 30×40: Erin Flannery and Ben Rak

Lowe, C., 2009.  2008 New Scientist Eureka Prize For Science Photography.  Explore Magazine, Autumn 2009, pg 22-23

Huynh, H., 2007.  Papunya  Tjupi and COFA UNSW workshop. Imprint Magazine, Volume 42 Number 4 2007, pg 33