Michener Art Museum

Bernard (Ben) Badura


Ben Badura, Photograph by Jack Rosen, Collection of James A. Michener Art Museum
CRAFTSPERSON, PAINTER
BORN: September 22, 1896, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
DIED: March 1, 1986, Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Ben Badura was born in Milwaukee in 1896. He studied art at the State Normal School for Teachers in Milwaukee and painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he won a Cresson Scholarship in 1924. While studying at the Academy under Arthur B. Carles, Daniel Garber and George Oberteuffer, he met fellow student, Faye Swengel, whom he married in 1928. In 1930 they moved to Bucks County. Badura studied frame making from Uhlerstown artist Frederick Harer and opened a frame shop in New Hope which he operated until 1981. Badura also worked with the artist, George Sotter, preparing stained glass designs for Sotter's commissions. He exhibited his paintings both locally and nationally and provided frames for many Delaware Valley artists, including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, and Richard Wedderspoon. His frames were hand carved and gilded, featuring graffitto and punch work designs influenced by traditional Pennsylvania folk art. Badura died in 1986.