Benjamin Sowards

Artistic Infusion Program Designer

AIP artist Benjamin Sowards

Benjamin Sowards is an artist and illustrator whose portfolio includes official portraiture, gallery painting, fully illustrated picture books and young adult fantasy. His works are included in public and private collections internationally. He loves the preparation, research and travel necessary to create artwork worthy of the individuals and themes he strives to represent.

When Sowards is not working on his own projects, he teaches others how to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where he has directed the Illustration Program since 2001. Sowards completed his graduate and undergraduate studies at Laguna College of Art and Design and Brigham Young University.

He and his family currently reside in New Mexico.

Coin Design Credits

  • 2023 Native American $1 Coin – reverse
  • 2023 American Women Quarters™ Program – Maria Tallchief reverse
  • 2022 American Women Quarters™ Program – Wilma Mankiller reverse
  • 2016 Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Program – Gold obverse

Medal Design Credits

  • 2019 American Veterans Silver Medal – obverse

Coin & Medal Design Credits

  • 2020 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Barbara Bush obverse
  • 2016 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Nancy Reagan obverse
  • 2015 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Jacqueline Kennedy reverse
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