BEN GLENN II is a published art historian, researcher, lecturer and writer with more than 30 years’ professional experience in the visual arts and related fields.After receiving a B.A. with Distinction in Art History from Carleton College, he served as Exhibitions Coordinator at the National Gallery of Art, where he primarily was responsible for organizing the major retrospective, Selections and Transformations: The Art of John Marin.He was the first researcher to catalogue the hundreds of unpublished letters and related archival materials in the Estate of John Marin, and was a contributor to John Marin (Abbeville Press/Abrams, 1990), widely regarded as the definitive monograph on this important American modernist. In addition, he provided key research assistance to renowned Rothko authority Dr. David Anfam, and carried out special projects for the Gallery’s legendary director, the late J. Carter Brown.
Subsequently, Mr. Glenn completed advanced coursework at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts and served for five years as a Program Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he administered some $10M annually in grants supporting exhibitions, conservation, and publications at art museums across the United States.Later, Mr. Glenn served as a fundraising and communications executive for a number of high-profile Washington, DC-area nonprofit and grantmaking organizations, receiving several top national awards.A passionate believer in animal welfare and a plant-based lifestyle, Mr. Glenn worked directly for several years with iconic actress and singer Doris Day, raising public awareness of animal welfare issues and awarding grants for low-cost spay/neuter clinics nationwide.
Mr. Glenn also is a noted historian of American television and its impact on popular culture, and his work in this area appears in several recent books, websites, broadcasts and podcasts on the topic.He also is featured in the forthcoming documentary television series, World Laughter.
Mr. Glenn has been interviewed by national and international media outlets such as CNN, NPR, BBC Radio and The Washington Post and, regionally, The Winchester Star, WZRV-FM, and TheNorthern Virginia Daily.He is a member of the College Art Association and Historians of Netherlandish Art, among other professional organizations.Currently he is completing coursework toward the Smithsonian Institution’s Certification in World Art History.Mr. Glenn is a board member and Program Committee Chair of the Friends of Samuels Library in Front Royal, VA, and a member of the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, where he also serves as on the Community Investment Committee overseeing the foundation’s grantmaking activities.