Sylvia Benitez is a nationally awarded artist. She is the recipient of many awards from numerous granting foundations: including a coveted Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards, an AICA (Association of International Critics of Art), two National Endowment for the Arts, Visiting Artist Fellowships, a Puffin Foundation Award, An Empire State Craft Award, two Sculpture Space Residencies, and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships. Benitez also has been a fellow, 1984-2001, at Yaddo, VCCA, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic.
Benitez has shown her sculptural/painting installations in numerous museums, sculpture parks and galleries throughout the USA including: The Whitney Museum of Art, WaveHill, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum, The McNay Museum, Art Omi, Johns Hopkins University, the El Paso Museum of Art, The Islip Museum, The Abington Art Center,The Mitte Gallery,, the Schuylkill Environmental Center, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Franklin Furnace NYC, and the Museo De Historia, Anthropologia, y Arte.
From 2001-2011, Benitez taught at the Southwest School of Art, San Antonio Texas, The Escuela de Artes Plasticas, Puerto Rico, and the Majestic Ranch Foundation in Boerne Texas. Her work is represented in over 70 collaborative public murals which were funded, in part, by the NEA and State Art Counsels in Maryland, Delaware, NYC, and Pennsylvania, 1986-2006. She sat on the Virginia Center for Creative Arts’ artist submission evaluation panel for artist residencies from 2002-2011.
Benitez studied with MacArthur recipient, Martin Puryear, and David Driskell, today’s acknowledged authority of African American Art, at the University of Maryland, 1975-1979. There she earned her BFA and shortly afterwards moved to NYC, where she lived on the Lower East Side, 1981. Living in NYC until the year 2000, she says, is where her real education began, was implemented, and flourished.
Benitez is currently represented by Charles Adams Gallery in Lubbock TX, Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta Georgia, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX, Indigo, Princeton NJ and the Austin Street Gallery, Rockport TX. Her highly sought after work is found in private and public collections. She now lives in Seguin, TX, a small historical town between the two ports of Austin and San Antonio, with her husband, a college professor of music, and her big,”Gato”, the cat.
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