Ben Roth was born in Cheyenne, WY and raised in Littleton, CO. Being raised in the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains meant he spent his childhood camping, fishing, and honing his eye for the evocative shape of the natural world.
After graduating from UNLV with a degree in hotel management, Ben worked in the restaurant business and did art on the side, all the while fine tuning his understanding of the interplay of sensory experiences. In 2001, he founded YARD Art through the Art Association of Jackson Hole. “Young Artists-Revolutionary Designs” taught up-and-coming artists the process of metal fabrication and sculptural design from start to finish. During his time mentoring young artists, Ben made art his primary focus and started Ben Roth Design, the business he still owns and runs today.
Inspired by the dramatic beauty of the Tetons and the wildlife of Wyoming, Ben crafts metal works and sculptures that have both a simplicity and intricacy.
Ben Roth has received awards for his art from both Americans for the Arts and Custom Home Magazine. The Value of Water, a group show with author Terry Tempest Williams and Felicia Resor was installed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City where it was on display in 2011 and 2012. His works are held in numerous private collections throughout the Rocky Mountains, California, and the Upper Midwest. His public art installations can be seen in Vail, CO, Green Mountain Falls, CO, Jackson, WY, Cheyenne, WY, and Minneapolis, MN.
Ben says, “Working as an artist in Jackson Hole situates me in the midst of a wild place and enables me to express my deep regard for the environment through my art. My work continues to reflect the scale of the mountains, the impact of the seasons and the influence of the natural world. For me, art is a means of expression and also a way to have a positive impact on our interactions with the environment. We live in a place that is worth preserving, and the Land Trust has been successful in protecting habitat and views that I’ve enjoyed all my life. How could I NOT join the Open Space Council?”
Photo courtesy of Stio.