Ben Potter was born in 1970 and grew up in Tennessee. He majored in Art and Biology at Williams College, where he was awarded a Mellon Grant for experimental work in the arts, as well as a Hutchinson fellowship, which funded a year of art making after graduation. He received his M.F.A in Painting and Drawing from the California College of Arts in 1998.
He taught classes in sculpture, design, photography, drawing and painting at several Vermont colleges and Ripon College in Wisconsin before moving to Unity College in Maine, where he is a Professor of art. His art practice stems from his interdisciplinary background, and uses subjects drawn primarily from the landscape and the sciences as the basis for his formal and conceptual investigation.
He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe.