Ben Victor was Northern State University artist-in-residence from 2004 to 2014.
Victor came to Northern as a student in 2001 and received a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 2004. He learned sculpture here, and, shortly after graduating at age 23, received his first large commission to sculpt a trio of soldiers for the Aberdeen Regional Airport War Memorial in South Dakota.
At age 26, he received a commission from the state of Nevada to make a sculpture of Sarah Winnemucca, a 19th-century Paiute activist. When that statue was installed in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol, Victor became the youngest sculptor to have a work in the hall. With the dedication of a statue of Norman Borlaug in 2014, he became the only living artist to have two works in the hall.
In 2003, Victor was recognized as one of the best young sculptors in America by the National Sculpture Society in New York. The Arts Council of Kern recognized Victor as Artist of the 2000-2010 Decade for his creation of a bronze monument to oil workers in Taft, California. He was inducted in 2013 into the Bakersfield Hall of Fame, Bakersfield, Calif., for outstanding service to the community.
Several of Victor's statues adorn the Aberdeen community. In June 2014, his statue of the late World War II Navy hero and NSU alumnus Capt. Cecil Harris was installed on campus.
Victor is artist-in-residence at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. See more at benvictor.com.
Selected Works by Ben Victor