Photo courtesy of Blake Bekken
David "HABBENINK" Habben is an artist, illustrator, and the newest Asst. Professor of Illustration in the Department of Design at Brigham Young University, but his favorite titles are husband and father.  He received his BFA in Illustration from BYU in 2006, was a Children's Book Design Fellow at Chronicle Books in 2008, and in 2017, received an MFA in Studio Art, with a Graphic Design emphasis, from The University of Utah. His evolving work seeks to develop narrative concepts using both traditional and digital media, most often using elements of both in a collaborative setting with dancers, musicians, and storytellers. His first authored and illustrated children’s book, “Mr. Sherman’s Cloud”, will be released in March of 2019. ​​​​​​​

EXHIBITIONS

2018
ICON 10 Detroit Gallery Show, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI
Myths, Monsters, & Machines, Toronto Steampunk Society, Northern Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, Canada
33rd Annual Spiritual & Religious Art of Utah, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

2017
"Flow", Exhibition and Community Workshop, Kimball Art Center, Park City, Utah
"Being Somewhere", Downtown Artist Collective, Salt Lake City, Utah
"Be Somewhere (Ballroom Edition), Inaugural Exhibit for Red Finch Gallery, Orem, Utah
"300 Plates", Group Show, Art Access, Salt Lake City, Utah
"Be Somewhere", solo MFA Final Show, Gittens Gallery, The University of Utah
MFA Interim Show, Alvin Gittens Gallery, University of Utah
Selected works, Eccles House (Home of the University President), The University of Utah

2016
"ONWARD!", Solo Show, God Hates Robots Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
Holladay City Fine Arts Show, 2nd Place in Drawing, Holladay, Utah
MFA Interim Show, Alvin Gittens Gallery, University of Utah
“Honoring Utah Artists”, Alpine Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

2015  
“Honoring Utah Artists”, Alpine Art Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
“LCS Showcase 100”, Juried Group Show, The Framers Gallery, London, England
“Before the Fall”, A-Frame Concert, Provo, Utah

2014  
Moto Matic”, Group Show, FICE, Salt Lake City, Utah

2013  
“Proskuneo”, Two-person show, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
"35x35, Artists of Utah", Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

2012 
“Shapes of Conscious”, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

2009 
Three Person Show, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
“Paper Pushers”, Gallery1988, San Francisco, California
“Box, Paper, Scissors”, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah
“Annual Small Works Juried Show”, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah

2008  
“Paper Pushers”, Gallery1988, San Francisco, California
“Beyond the Page”, Gallery1988, San Francisco, California

2006  
“Live from La La Land”, Solo Show, W Communications, Salt Lake City, UT
“Annual Juried Student Show”, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

IN-HOUSE

2013-14
Wildworks Interactive / Marketing Illustrator

2012
Axis41 / Graphic Designer for Print & Interactive Media

2008
Chronicle Books / Children's Book Design Fellow

2007
Struck / Production Artist/Illustrator
TEACHING
2018
Brigham Young University / Assistant Professor of Illustration / Department of Design
University of Utah /  Adjunct Asst. Professor, Digital Art Foundations (Matrix)
2017
Brigham Young University / Adjunct Instructor, Illustration 1
University of Utah /  Adjunct Instructor, Graphic Illustration and Digital Studio
2016
Kimball Arts Center / Instructor, Children’s Book Design, Sketchbook, Digital Art
University of Utah / Graduate Instructor, Illustration for Graphic Designers
2015
University of Utah /  Graduate Instructor, Illustration for Graphic Designers
2014
Brigham Young University / Adjunct Instructor, Professional Practices for the Illustrator
La Europa Academy / Private Instruction
2011
Brigham Young University / Adjunct Instructor, Editorial Illustration/Acrylic Painting
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