Ben Tollefson, a New Jersey native, lives and works in Savannah Georgia. He studied painting and sculpture at Wisconsin Lutheran College and subsequently worked at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. While there, he worked with ‘Art Links to Learning,’ an award-winning K-8 education program designed to integrate arts into District of Columbia Public School classrooms. In the fall of 2011, Tollefson moved to Savannah to attend a graduate program at the Savannah College of Art and Design. While working towards his M.F.A. in painting, he co-owned and worked as the Director of Public Relations and Special events at Non-Fiction Gallery, a vibrant contemporary art gallery in the city’s Thomas Square neighborhood. Since graduation, he held a position as the Museum Coordinator at the SCAD Museum of Art and currently serves as the Assistant Curator of SCAD Exhibitions. Tollefson creates paintings concerned with the tension between the real and artificial. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows in Alaska, Georgia, Virginia, Washington, D.C, and Wisconsin. His most recent exhibtion "Paradise," was presented at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Achorage, AK.
Kayla Goggin, Savannah Art Informer, "The Beautifully Surreal World of Ben Tollefson's 'The Distance That Separates One Person's Heart from Another's," 2015
Lauren Flotte, Savannah Art Informer "Ben Tollefson: Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain," 2014