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Ben Goldman is an award-winning artist, author, and entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of United Visual Arts LLC, where he invented the patented defEYE® frame sold by the Museum of Modern Art. His work in the fields of technology, sustainability, and art has led to a Presidential Executive Order, a Supreme Court victory, and a new social movement. Dr. Goldman served as an advisor to the Clinton Administration and has run numerous organizations. The New York Times calls City Without Walls, which he directed, "one of the most socially engaged and dynamic art spaces."

In the 1990s, he helped transform the environmental movement by coauthoring a landmark study that launched the field of "environmental justice." In the 1980s, he championed the first amendment as president of Public Data Access, Inc., advocating for the first congressionally mandated online public information system and winning a precedent-setting federal court battle over access to congressional finances. His work has been praised by Al Gore and widely featured by national news organizations such as ABC, CNN, NPR, USA Today, and The Washington Post.

His books include The Truth about Where You Live (Random House) and Sustainable America (U.S. Economic Development Administration), among others; his paintings have exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, including Istanbul's Topkapi Palace and Berlin's Allied Museum. Dr. Goldman earned a PhD from NYU and AB from Vassar College. He is listed in Who's Who in America and Who’s Who in American Art.


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