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Ally Karsyn

Pop art painter Ben Pratt: Siouxland Public Media's Artist of the Month

If art only exists in a private studio and no one sees it, does it still make a sound? More often than not, art is created alone. Ben Pratt, a 30-year-old drafter and painter from Sioux City, works in solitude and silence with the exception of the occasional audiobook. “Very few people see my stuff on a regular basis.” Having his work on display in such a public space as the Sioux City Art Center forces him to shake hands and make small-talk with a bunch of strangers, which is about the last...

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