Bingham received a BA in art from Montana State University, Bozeman and an MFA from University of California, Davis. He is currently a professor of the School of Art and a Distinguished Fellow in the STUDIO For Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. His work has been acknowledged with awards and grants including the NEA, PA Council on the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Art Matters, Inc., the Heinz Endowments, New Forms Regional Arts Grant, and Three Rivers Environmental Award.
Bingham’s art practice incorporates systems of growth utilizing people, live plants, natural materials, found objects and renewable resources to address ecological issues towards a sustainable future. Bingham has exhibited in the United States, Italy and Japan including: THE LINE, London; Palazzo Ca’ Zanadari, and Palazzo Mora, Venice; The ICA, Philadelphia; The Brooklyn Museum; The Andy Warhol Museum; The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Kanagawa Hall Gallery, Yokohama, Japan; Rico Gallery, Santa Monica; and the Paine Weber Art Gallery, NYC. He has exhibited many public installations including Creative Time’s Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage; Piazza del’ St. Stepheno Rome, Italy; the first Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Biennial and the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh.
His art practice evolved from ‘green’ mixed media installations, into the public realm to address and transform urban water, land and agricultural issues; the interconnectedness between the natural and built environment. He co-directed an interdisciplinary team effort, The Nine Mile Run Greenway Project that culminated in exhibits at the Wood Street Galleries and the Regina Miller Gallery, CMU, Pittsburgh. This greenway project led to the formation of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and the largest urban ecological stream restoration in the United States. He was also engaged in another major interdisciplinary ‘team project’, Living Waters of Larimer to demonstrate a variety of ‘placemaking’ strategies to capture water for the benefit of the community, and to serve as a model of successful community-integrated ‘urban, Green Infrastructure’ to mitigate storm water issues.