Ben Berns (1936-02/07/2007) was born in The Netherlands. He was a multi-media artist, skilled in sculpture, painting and graphic arts. Berns came to New York to teach lithography at the Pratt Graphic Art Center in 1936. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1971. He started his career as an abstract artist but by the early 1970s had moved to a more representational style. He paints meticulous landscapes inspired by the lush North Carolina countryside. Berns has had pieces exhibited at venues such as the British Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, in the Netherlands. He participated in a four person show at the Marita Gilliam Gallery in Raleigh in 1994 and a solo exhibition in 1996. His works are in the collection of the British Museum in London, Brooklyn College, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the High Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute, Wadsworth Atheneum, the Walker Art Center, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Asheville Art Museum. In the mid-60s, Ben Berns moved from his birthplace in The Netherlands to North Carolina to teach at UNC Greensboro. In 1971 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Berns has exhibited in New York, Denmark, and The Netherlands. His work also appears in books and reviews in international periodicals. Berns work was included in the "Realists Invitational" exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum in 1979.