Laura Benjamin

t: 917.370.6050917.370.6050

www.LauraBenjaminArt.com

laurasart@aol.com

I was born in New York City in 1945. In 1967 I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the American University in Washington D.C. and in 1972, a Master’s Degree in Art Education from New York University. In 1983 while on sabbatical from teaching, I received an Associate’s Degree in Textile Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. In New York I also studied at The Art Student’s League, The Parson’s School of Design. In the 90’s I studied computer graphics at The New School.

Living and working in New York, I taught art in the middle school for 34 years. While on sabbatical from teaching art, I earned a degree in textile design. For the next 15 years I continued to teach and freelance as a textile designer in both home furnishings and apparel markets.

In the mid 90’s my focus turned towards computer graphics, and as an art educator, I incorporated this into my curriculum. I was awarded for a “successful practice in crossing the digital divide through art and technology” by the United States Department of Education.

I am currently living on the East End of Long Island and pursuing my work in the visual arts. My goal as an artist is to arouse the viewer through humor, color and rhythm. I have worked in acrylics and mixed media on canvas. My focus is most often on ordinary people, capturing their essence as they pass through a particular moment in time. What is significant is the portrayal of underlying humor, whimsy and curiosity that my subjects evoke. I use color, scale and pattern to reinforce the sense of energy in my work.

During the past 4 years, I have been working on a series of “Art Gone Green” collages. I utilize cut candy wrappers on canvas to give representational form, color, light and movement to my subjects. This choice of media has enhanced the humor and whimsy that is so integral a part of my work. I attempt to charge my subjects with a vibrancy and excitement that I find essential to the action of life.

 

 

Group Exhibitions:

Sotheby’s, NYC Art Educators and Students (2000)

Guild Hall, Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY (2003)

AAEH, East Hampton, NY (Ashwagh Hall) 2003

Guild Hall, Clothesline Art Sale, East Hampton, NY (2003)

Guild Hall, Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY (2004)

SIS, East Hampton (Ashwagh Hall) (2004)

AAEH, East Hampton, NY (Ashwagh Hall) (2004)

Guild Hall, Clothesline Art Sale, East Hampton, NY (2004)

Guild Hall, Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY (2005)

AAEH, East Hampton (Ashwagh Hall) (2000)

EEAC, Riverhead NY, Members exhibition, Aug., (2005)

Guild Hall, Clothesline Art sale, East Hampton, NY, (2005)

AAEH, East Hampton Town Hall (2005)

EEAC, Riverhead NY, Members exhibition, (2006)

Guild Hall, Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY (2006)

AAEH, East Hampton NY (Ashwagh Hall) (2006)

EEAC, Riverhead NY, Members exhibition (2006)

Guild Hall, Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY (2007)

PAAM, Provincetown, Mass, (2008)

EEAC, Riverhead, NY, Members Exhibition (Jan. 2009)

AAEH, East Hampton, NY (Town Hall) (2009)

East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY Members Exhibition, (2009)

PAAM, Provincetown, Mass., Members Exhibition, (2009)

Guild Hall, Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY (2009)

AAEH, East Hampton, NY; Ashwagh Hall (2009)

John Claflin, COLOURS; East Hampton, NY (2009)

PAAM, Provincetown, Mass., Members Exhibition, (2009)

Guild Hall, members exhibition, 2010

Artisit’s Alliance of East Hampton, Members Show, July, 2010

Artisit’s Alliance of East Hampton, Members Show, October, 2010

Guild Hall Member’s Show…East Hampton, NY (2011) Honarable Mention

BROK*EN, Curated by Ellen Dooly…East Hampton, NY (2011)

 

Juried Shows:

Phoenix Art Gallery, Bellport, NY (2003)

East End Arts Council, “Reminiscence”, Riverhead NY (2003)

East End Arts Council, “Compositions”, Riverhead, NY (2004)

East End Arts Council, “Savior Long Island”, Riverhead, NY (2004)

Phoenix art Gallery, Bellport NY (2004) (Honorable Mention)

East End Arts Council, “Sense of Purpose” (3rd Place), Riverhead, NY (2005)

Phoenix Art Gallery, Bellport, NY (2005)

East End Arts Council, “Reflections”, Riverhead, NY (2006)

East End Arts Council, “Seven Deadly Sins” Riverhead, NY (2007)

East End Arts Council, “Food”, Riverhead, NY (2008)

National Arts Club, (GNC Sponsored) New York, NY (2009)

East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY “Games People Play” (2009)

National Arts Club, (GNC Sponsored) New York, NY (2010)

East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY “The Body in Motion”” (2010)

The Retreat’s Art Show, Richard Demato Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY (2010)

East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY “BOTANICALS” (2010)

East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY “Yellow Cab” (2010)

Natioal Arts Club, NY, NY “Judu” (2011)

East End Arts Council, Riverhead, NY “Marilyn “ (2011)

 

Fundraising Benefits And Silent Auctions:

East End Arts Council; Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead, NY (2009)

Provincetown Art Association Museum; Provincetown, Mass (2009)

East End Arts Council; Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead, NY (2009)

Provincetown Art Association Museum; Provincetown, Mass (2009)