Whitworth’s most prominent alumni artist, Ben Frank Moss, ’59, is a nationally renowned landscape painter and the former George Fredrick Jewett Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire. Moss has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. for more than 30 years. As a landscape painter, he seeks to establish a sense of “place” by observing light and space as they are shaped by time and season. He brings these observations into his paintings using color, form and gesture to evoke memories.
Moss has received numerous honors and awards, including memberships in the National Academy of Design and Christians in the Visual Arts; a Ford Foundation Research and Travel Grant; the Distinguished Alumni Award at Boston University, where he earned an MFA in 1963; and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Whitworth in 2009. In 2007 he was awarded The Charles Loring Elliot Award & Medal for Drawing at the 182nd Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Art at the National Academy of Design Museum in New York.
Moss began his teaching career as the director of the MFA and Visiting Critics program at Fort Wright College, in Spokane. He also founded and was acting dean of the Spokane Studio School. He left the Northwest to teach in the MFA program at the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, where he remained for 13 years before beginning his career at Dartmouth in 1988.
He has studios in New Hampshire and Washington, and his work has been shown in 57 solo exhibitions and 359 group exhibitions throughout the United States. In 2009 and 2012, Whitworth showcased collections of his work in the Bryan Oliver Gallery.