Bates, Ben was born on February 5, 1964 in California, United States. Son of Richard and Janice Bates.
Master of Fine Arts, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, 1998.
Art instructor Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois, 2003—2006. Ceramics instructor, ceramics studio coordinator, technician College Lake County, Grayslake, since 2005. Lead consultant Stirling Hall Art Center, Lake Forest, Illinois, 1999—2003.
Married Martha Kelly Bates, July 24, 1993. Children: Margaret, Elizabeth.