Ben Hazard came to New Mexico July 2010 and has made Albuquerque his home. He is now teaching at the University of New Mexico, Africana Studies. His is also responsible for the creation of the Buffalo Soldier and the Tuskegee Airmen monuments at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial.
Mr. Hazard is a graduate of the California College of Arts & Crafts in Oakland where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree with distinction and holds a Master Degree of Art from the University of California at Berkeley. He has exhibited in galleries, museums and educational institutions throughout the United States.
In addition to creating art, Ben has taught art at the University of Nevada at Reno, Stanford
University and at Merritt and Laney Colleges in Oakland, CA. Hazard became Curator of Special Exhibits and Education at the Oakland Museum of California for eleven years, where he received national recognition for involving diverse communities into the museum setting as active partners in the planning and execution of museum programs and events.
As Dean of Applied and Fine Arts and Physical Education at Laney College, Hazard designed a new state-of-the-art Fitness Center and consulted on the design and construction of the College’s new Art Center and Tennis Courts.
Mr. Hazard was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to the Institute of Museum Service Board in Washington DC. He sat on the National Science Foundation Panel and the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities Panels. He also served as Vice President of the American Association of Museums (AAM) Educators, the Council Member American Association of Museums and the Advisory Board Member of the AAM Lifelong Learning in the Humanities and was commissioned to do a portrait of President Obama and his family in 2007. The portrait is now hanging in the family’s private quarters in the White House.
Hazard became the Director of the Crafts & Cultural Arts Department for the City of Oakland from 2000 through 2003 under then Mayor, now Governor Jerry Brown, administering over $3.5 million annually to artists and arts organizations.