Our 13th installment of Conversations on Culture featured artist Ben Aronson in conversation with Karen Jenkins-Johnson. Ben Aronson is a member of the highly acclaimed National Academy of Design, alongside Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, and his mentor, Philip Guston. His awards include the Childe Hassam Purchase Prize from American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006, as well as the Pleissner Memorial Award for Painting at the National Academy of Design in 1992. His work is in the permanent collections of many major institutions and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art, Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, the National Academy Museum in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Suzhou Museum in Jiansu Province, China. Aronson's work has been reviewed by ARTnews, The Art Newsletter, The Boston Globe, The New York Observer, The New York Sun, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He holds a MFA and BFA in painting from Boston University. Ben Aronson lives and works in Massachusetts.