Ben Edwards, various works / marker
In February 2017, multiple works on paper were damaged while on view at the Arts Center of the Ozarks in Springdale, Arkansas. Sometime during gallery hours, unidentified parties used permanent marker to make various inscriptions (”BAD ART,” “THIS IS NOT ART,” “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”), damaging the works beyond repair. The perpetrator(s) left the gallery before their acts had been discovered.
Though a report was filed with police, Edwards claimed he would not pursue any criminal charges in the case of an arrest. The works were damaged beyond repair.