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Orna Ben-Ami

Orna Ben-Ami

Sculptor and former journalist
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Birth 1953
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Orna Ben-Ami (Hebrew: אורנה בן-עמי), born in 1953, is an Israeli sculptor and former journalist. 

Biography

Ben-Ami was born in Rehovot, and was raised in Ashdod, Israel

In 1971 she joined the service at IDF and became the first female military correspondent for the Army Radio station “Gallei Zahal”. Following her military service she was a reporter and news editor for the Israeli Broadcasting Authority radio station.

In 1998, Ben-Ami began to learn gold and silversmith at the Jerusalem Technological Center. She continued her schooling in 1992, and enrolled in the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. where she studied sculpturing.

In 2003 her exhibition "Soft - Iron Sculpturing" was presented in seven museums around the United States, in a museum in Taiwan and in galleries in Paris and Rome. Her sculpture from 2005, "Roots", represented Israel in an international exhibition honoring 60 years for the UN in Geneva. 

In 2017 her exhibition was hosted at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva and New York, under the title “Entire Life in a Package”. The exhibition brought attention to the global refugee crisis. The exhibits were a combination between original "Reuters" photographs of refugees and iron sculpturing.

Ben-Ami is married to the Israeli journalist and broadcaster Oded Ben-Ami.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Expected: 2017-18 - Art Museum Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

2017 – Palace of Nations – UN - Geneva

2017- Waterfall Mansion Gallery NY

2017 - UN Headquarter NY

2015 – The Art Gallery of the Bolsa, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 – The Museum of the city of Metepec, Mexico

2015 - La Biblioteca De Mexico. Mexico's National Library, Mexico City

2015- Gallery Miguel Hidalgo, Torre del Reloj, Mexico City, Mexico

2015- Mexico's Parliament, Mexico City

2014- Hangar 2 Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv - Jaffa

2013 – The Office Gallery, Tel Aviv

2011 – 2012 The Museum Tour, Tel Aviv

2010 – Yigal Alon Center - Israel

2009-Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Michigen USA

2009- Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC USA

2008- The City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Carleston, SC, USA

2007- Washington University Med. School, St. Louise, USA

2006- The Yeshiva University Museum, New York, USA

2006- Gallery Claude Samuel, Paris, France

2006- International Arts and Artists, Washington DC, USA

2004-5 – Tefen Open Museum

2004 – Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah, USA

2003 – Café Europa, Center of Contemporary Art and Dante Alighieri, Rome, Italy

2002 – Bet Gabriel, Jordan Valley

2001 – Wilfrid Israel Museum, Kibbutz Hazorea

2001 - The Museum Of Contemporary Israeli Art, Ramat Gan

1998 - Tel Aviv Amot House

Selected group exhibitions:

2016 – Waterfall Mansion and Gallery, New York, NY; 2015 - The Supreme Court, Jerusalem, Israel; 2014 - Artists House, Haifa, Israel; 2014 - Zimach Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel; 2011 – Hualien Stone Sculpture Museum, Taiwan; 2009- Ashdod museum of Art, curator-Yona Fisher; 2005- Geneva, Switzerland. Representing Israel in the UN Contemporary International Art Exhibition; 2004 - Arad Museum of Art; 2003 - Ashdod Museum of Art; 2002 - Ein Hod Gallery; 2001 - The Supreme Court, Tel Aviv; 1999 - Tel Aviv Opera House; 1998 to 2004 - six exhibitions in Beit Hagefen, Haifa, Israel;

1998 - The State President’s Residence, Jerusalem.

Selected Commissions and Public sculptures

  • 2016 - "Key to Friendship", Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • 2016 - "Friendship". Ganei Tikva, Israel
  • 2015 - "Sitting in the Shade", Ganei Tikva
  • 2014 - "Hadar", Raanana
  • 2013 – "The Chairman", Rishon Lezion
  • 2011 – "A portrait of the Poet", Kiriat Ono
  • 2010 – "Nature", Tel Aviv
  • 2008 - "Living Together" - Ganie Tikva, Israel
  • 2007- "Memories"- Tefen Open Museum, Sculpture Garden, Israel
  • 2007- "Dudu" - Kiriat Shmona, Israel
  • 2007- "Personal"- Sculpture Garden, Ramat hasharon, Israel
  • 2007- "Roots"- Tefen Open Museum, Israel
  • 2005 -“Life Stories” 13 wall sculptures for Apartment Buildings,Tel Aviv
  • 2005 -“Time stoped”’ Raanana, Israel
  • 2004 – "Ideology - Sixs sculptures for Menahem Begin Museum, Jerusalem
  • 2003 - “Tradition”, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • 2003 - "Four Months Pregnant”, Ganei Tikva, Israel
  • 2002 - “Yossef”, IBM Building, Haifa, Israel
  • 2002 - “ Omer”, Kefar Sabba, Israel
  • 2001 - “Grandma’s Patchwork”, copper, wood, Safed, Israel
  • 2001 - “Jerusalemites”, 11 sculptures the Central Bus Station, Jerusalem.
  • 2001 - “Time To Remember”, Kefar Shmariahu, Israel
  • 2000 - “Outside In”, iron, Rabin Medical Center, Petach Tikva, Israel
  • 1999 - “Ball in Motion”, iron, Ashdod, Israel
  • 1998 - “Episode”, iron, Arad, Israel
  • 1997 - “Embracing the World”, bronze, Safed, Israel
  • 1997 - “Support”, iron, Ashkelon, Israel
  • 1996 - “Harmony of steel and glass”, Zipory, Israel
  • 1995 - “Born Free”, iron, Ramat Hasharon, Israel
  • 1995 - “Expecting”, bronze, Shiba Medical Center, Tel Aviv
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