Benjamin McVey with his work at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Photo by Jeffrey Burton for Blue Star Contemporary.

Benjamin McVey’s Investigations of Private and Public Spaces

When San Antonio artist Benjamin McVey earned his BFA in communication design from Texas State University in 1995, he thought he would enjoy a career in graphic design, so he headed to New York City where he landed a position as an art director in advertising. While his day job paid the bills, it was pretty routine. With his creative impulses thwarted as his ideas were filtered through a committee, McVey felt a bit stifled.  To relieve his frustrations, he took courses in painting and drawing at the Art Students League and the National Academy School.