BRISTOL, Va. — Bristol native Benjamin Walls is a recipient of dual 2017 Best of Virginia Awards, presented by Virginia Living Magazine. The accolades follow Walls’ recent recognition by the Arts Alliance Mountain Empire (AAME).
Virginia Living Magazine celebrates all things Virginia — from its people and places to its deep history and traditions. The Best of Virginia 2017 special edition features stories about the most favored designers, tastemakers, shopping districts, resorts, gardens, art galleries and more throughout the state.
More than 50,000 ballots were cast in this year’s readers’ survey, which solicited entries in multiple categories from across the Commonwealth. Walls was named one of the top Southwest Virginia photographers, and the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery on State Street in downtown Bristol was named one of the top art galleries in the region. The Best of Virginia issue will be available May 18 at quality newsstands and select stores.
Additionally, Walls recently received the 2017 Arts Achievement Award presented by AAME and A! Magazine for the Arts. Each year, AAME recognizes artists for their contributions to the arts in the Tri-Cities region, and for serving as mentors and sources of inspiration for others. The award will be presented Saturday, May 20, 2017, during the AAME’s annual gala.
“I am honored to be recognized by such outstanding publications and organizations,” Walls says. “Sharing my vision of our planet’s last great wild places is my passion, so being acknowledged for my work is very rewarding.”
These accolades are in addition to numerous other recognitions Walls has received over the past 12 years, including six international awards, plus museum exhibits in more than four dozen museums in 12 countries. A four-time Smithsonian Institution exhibitor and a two-time Natural History Museum of London exhibitor, his 3,000-square-foot gallery in Bristol caters to a diverse collector base, which includes Grammy Award winners, Fortune 500 CEOs, Hollywood producers and political figures.
About Benjamin Walls
Benjamin Walls is a results-oriented environmentalist and community advocate who passionately pursues the preservation of the natural world by capturing the transient details of our last wild places. Walls has traveled more than 1 million miles over the past 10 years, photographing on every continent save Antarctica, and has established himself as the artist to watch in the fastest-growing segment of the visual arts — fine art photography. For more information about Benjamin Walls or the Benjamin Walls Fine Art Gallery, visit www.benjaminwalls.com.
– end –
For more information, contact Maggie Lawson, art consultant,
Benjamin Walls Gallery, at 877-989-2557, ext. 7
or visit the gallery at www.benjaminwalls.com.