Curriculum Vitae

Sylvia Benitez

Birth date: June 27, 1957


2011      Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

2011      National Exhibit, Rockport Center for the Arts, TX, First Prize, Rene P. Barilleaux, Juror

2008     National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowship, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown PA

2001      National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowship, Escuela des Artes Plasticas, Puerto Rico

2000     Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

2000     Generated @ Wave Hill Sculptural installation award

1998     AICA, Association of International Critics of Art, Best Sculpture Installation, 1997,Puerto Rico

1998     Socrates Sculpture Park: Emerging Artist Award

1997      Empire State Crafts Alliance’s Grants for NY State Craft Artists Program

1997      Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award

1992      Puffin Foundation Grant


2003     Vermont Studio Center, Artist Fellowship Award

2000     Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Fellowship, Sweetbriar VA

1999     Stone Hill Quarry Art Park, Cazenovia NY

1998     Sculpture Space Fellowship, Utica NY

1996     Connemara Conservancy, Dallas TX

1992      Ucross Foundation Fellowship, Wyoming

1991      Manhattan Graphics Center Fellowship, NY

1985      MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, New Hampshire

1984     Altos De Chavon Fellowship, Dominican Republic

1984     Yaddo Fellowship, Saratoga Springs, NY

1984     MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, NH

Selected Solo/ Exhibitions

2013      Beeville Museum, Beeville TX

2013      Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock TX

2012      Gallery Nord, San Antonio TX

2011       Gallery Nord, San Antonio, TX

2010      Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport TX, Still the Land, John Aasp, curator

2009     Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta GA

2009     Gallery Nord, San Antonio TX

2009     Mitte Gallery, Texas State University, San Marcos TX, Where Meets the Sea, Mary Mikel Stump, curator

2008     Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA, Hatshepsut, Amy Lipton, curator

2008     Gallery Nord, San Antonio TX

2007     McDonough School Gallery, Baltimore, MD Landscape Painting, Oletha Devane, curator

2006     Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington DE, Site/Sight, Susan Isaacs, curator

2004     New Arts Program, Mouse Trap, Kutztown, PA, James Carroll, curator

2000     Urban Glass: Collaborative installation with Alan Glovsky, Go Ask Alice, John Perrault, curator

2000     Wave Hill: Generated @ Wave Hill, Beneath the Bark, Under Leaf and Log, Jennifer McGregor, curator

1999     Taller Boriqua Gallery/ Puerto Rican Workshop, Inc. NY, Patria Mia- Tierra Prometida, Y.Ramirez, curator

1998     The Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY, Purchase, NY, Which Myth Will Tell, Judy Collischan, curator

1997      University of Puerto Rico, Museo de Arte, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, Lineas Para Abuelo, H. Cruz, curator

1997      Galeria Raices, Puerto Rico, Lexicon for Elsie, Silvia Cubina, curator

Group Installations

2013      Gallery Nord Contemporary Art month

2012:     This River Here, Guadalupe Cultural Center , San Antonio TX, curated Patty Ortiz

2004     Schuylkill Environmental Center, Philadelphia, PA, Extinct/ Extant, Penny Balkin Bach, curator

2004     Johns Hopkins University, Sculpture Biennial, Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral, Jennifer McGregor, curator

2000     Sculpture 2000 International: New London CT, Alvin Sher, curator

1999     Socrates Sculpture Park, 7,840,8000 cu ft, LIC NY

1999     Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, The Storied Land, Matt Pottiger, curator, Cazenovia NY

1998     Art Omi, The Fields, Hudson NY

1998     Whitney Museum of American Art, Interlacings, Berta Sichel, curator

1997      Islip Museum: Carriage House Summer Installation, Islip, NY, Over America, C. Valenza, curator

1997      Connemara Conservancy, Dallas TX, Sculpture Exhibition, A. Monier,curator

2005     National Drawing Exhibition, South Eastern University, Louisiana, Mark the Line, Dale Newkirk, curator

2004     Alva Gallery, New London CT, Art of the Line

2001      Fonico, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Michi Marchaux, curator

1999     American Craft Museum, NY, Ursula Ilse- Neuman, curator

1998     Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, M.Sagalia, curator

1997      Ware House: Five Years of the Sculpture Barn in Red Hook, NY

1997      The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington DC, Landscapes: An Exhibition of Sculpture

1996     AIR Gallery, NY, Force of Habit, Allisa Shoenfeld, curator

1996     Kingsborough Community College, Coney Island, NY, Hand-Matters, S. Benitez, curator

1996     Franklin Furnace, NY, In the Flow, Daniel Georges, curator

Group Exhibitions

2011       Aguas Frescas curated Andy Benivides, San Antonio,TX

2011       Shorelines, National Exhibition, Rockport,TX, 1st prize, curated Rene P. Barilleaux

2011       The Gardens of the.. Benefit, SSA, curated Kathy Armstrong, San Antonio,TX

2011       Say Si, Benefit exhibit, represented, Gallery Nord, San Antonio,TX


Percent for Art and Public Commissions

2012    Salud –Arte, Robert B Green Pavillion Collection, San Antonio TX

2012    Lackland Dental, TX

2010    Abington Art Center

2005    GRAB, (Graffiti Abatement), Silver Spring, MD, Circular Stone Mosaic Walk

2003    National Council To Prevent Delinquency, Rockville MD, Mural

2003    GRAB, (Graffiti Abatement), Silver Spring, MD, Mural

2000    Mitchell College, New London CT, Whale Sculpture

1999    NYC School Construction Authority Commission: Sites for Students, Project P.S.217, Mural

1992    Arts Pro Tem, Wyoming Seminary Mural, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mural


Curatorial Projects

2013       GAGA at  SCHREINER UNIVERSITY, Kerrville, TX


2013       GO GAGA GO, High Wire Arts, Tobin District SAT

2013      GAGA, Flora and Fauna /Exquisite Quilt, AISA, LEGACY GALLERY, and UTHSCSA

2012      GAGA @ the Bright Shawl, SAT

2012      GAGA Invitational, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport TX

2012      CURATORIAL INSIGHTS II, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association Gallery Nord

2011       11.11.11. A national women artist exhibition at Gallery Nord

2011       GO GAGA, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association, Gallery Nord

2011       LIFE FORCE Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association, AISA

2011       CURATORIAL INSIGHTS, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association Gallery Nord

2010      ORDERING ABSTRACTION, Art Institute of San Antonio, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association

2000     LAKE ERIE TO NOW environmental and geopolitical concerns, Islip Museum, Catalog, Islip, NY

1996     HAND MATTERS Kingsborough Community College Catalog, Coney Island, NY

1994     REPAIR WORKBOOK, Funded: Puffin Foundation, NY,

Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York Central Public Library, Printed Matter NYC

Service in the Arts

2002- present                  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, artist submission review committee

2010 – present                 Founder /Executive Director, Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association:  A Nonprofit 501(c)3 organization serving the under- recognized, mature emerging woman artist

Community Service

1990     GMHC, Gay Men’s health Crisis, community mural


Air (Artist in Residence) Commissions- 1986-2007 – selected-

70 public arts projects in New York, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania

2007         Washington Grove Elementary School

2006         Running Brook Elementary School

2006         St. Mark Catholic School

2006         Farmland Elementary School

2006         Linton Springs Elementary School

2006         Northern Garrett County High School

2005         Wayside Elementary School

2005         Cold Spring Elementary School

2005         St. Mark Catholic School

2005         Walkersville Middle School

2005         Harpers Choice Middle School

2005         Yellow springs Elementary School

2004         Valley Elementary School

2004         Luxmanor Elementary School

2004         Clarksburg Elementary School

2004         Walkersville Middle School

2004         Westchester Elementary school

2004         Mars Estates Elementary School



BFA University of Maryland, Significant Educators:  Dr. David Driskell, Martin Puryear

Teaching Experience

2007 -2011         Southwest School of Art and Craft: Instructor: Painting: Drawing, San Antonio TX

2007                     Majestic Ranch Foundation: Instructor: Painting, Boerne TX

2001                     Escuela Des Artes Plasticas: Sculpture Seminar, San Juan Puerto Rico



2011     San Antonio Express News, Sunday Dec 11, 201, S.A.LIFE, Artists ready …Steve Bennett, pg. 8k

2011     San Antonio Express News, Sunday July 10, 201, S.A.LIFE Mature Artists Go G.A.G.A. Elda SIlva

2008    San Antonio Express News, Sunday, 5/4, S.A.LIFE, pg. 3, section H, Gallery Stroll: Review Dan Goddard

2006     Socrates Sculpture Park, Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

2006    Sunday News Journal, June 18, Arts and Entertainment, Big Model of Big Bridge, Kent Steinriede, E3

2006    Carroll County Times, Front- page, March 7, Making Their Mark, Ashley Reims

2006    Catonsville Times, Education, pg. 14, Connecting the Dots, Michele D. Manigault

2005    Catonsville Times, Front pg., color photo, story pg. 12, Going Dotty… March 9

2004    New London Times, Living, Cover, Alva Gets Back to Square One, Sharma Howard

2004    Reading Eagle, Feb 15, Searching for Perfection in an Angular World, Ron Schira

2002    ISC SCULPTURE Magazine, Jan-Feb, vol. 21, No 1, Wave Hill Sculpture In the Garden, J.Goodman, pg.38

2002    Lark Books, Nature Style: Marthe LeVan, pg. 142

2002    Towson Times, Oct. 6, Student Mural will Brighten School Cafeteria, Lauren Taylor

2000    ISC SCULPTURE Magazine, November 2000, reviews, Sculpture 2000, Fergus McCaffrey

2000    New Haven Advocate, Sculpture 2000 International, Hank Hoffman

2000    NEW YORK TIMES, CT, Whale Leads Show in New London, William Zimmer, June 18, 2000

2000    CT Business, April /May 2000 Pg. 86,College to Host Large Scale Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Photo

2000    Providence Journal, Aug. 10, Sculpture, Politics and the Meaning of Rain, Channing Gray

2000    Norwich Bulletin, May 12, Sculpture Sessions, Katherine Wade

1999    Queens Chronicle Vol. VI NO. 20, Front Page, photo: Gene Sowinski

1999    Queens Chronicle Vol. VI No. 21, May 27, Piece By Piece By Piece, Dan Havelock

1999    NEW YORK TIMES, Art in Review, Holland Carter, Pg. 42

1999    ART IN AMERICA, Jan 1999 Pg. 108 Review, Lilly Wei

1998    NEW YORK TIMES, Sunday, William Zimmer, October 11

1998    NEW YORK TIMES, Wed March 19, Vivien Raynor, Art; 50- year Retrospective of Sculptor’s work

1998    Literature and Aesthetics: The Journal of Sydney Society of Literature and Aesthetics:

October 1998: fold out photo Pg. 95: Credit pg.155

1998    Art/OMI Ledge House/ Music /OMI The Fields, 1997-1998, catalog, photo

1998    ART JOURNAL winter, The Neurotic Imperatives: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico:  M. Benitez Pg. 83

1998    Art Net: Reconstructing Craft, John Mendelsohn, October 8

1997    The San Juan Star Sunday Magazine, Nov. 8

1997    Teaching K-8, Cover story, pg. 55, Ian Elliot, September

1997    The San Juan Star, Por Dentro, Mario Alegre Barrios

1997    Dialogo, Universidad De Puerto Rico, pg. 22, Jose Reyes Garcia

1997    THE NEW YORK TIMES, LI, Projects‘97, Helen Harrison, PG 18

1997    The Independent, Sculpture Graces ART/OMI grounds, Bruce Allen

1997    The Dallas Morning News, Wide Open Canvas, Lori Fairchild

1997    The Frederick News- Post, B-8, February 13,1997, Myersville Art, Photo: Skip Lawrence

1997    Frederick Cable Network Channel 10,                                                                                                                         

1994    Machine In the Garden Revisited, Catalog, Brooklyn NY, Janet Riker, pg.4

1994    The Phoenix, Fort Green Kids Put Mural Under the BQE Bridge, Craig Coley, pg.1, 10/31

1994    The Dialogue, Fun Murals Hit the Wall at St. Catherine, Debbie Ruff, pg. 2, 5/26

1993    The Danville Register, Workshops Help Students Enjoy Art, D.Houff, pg. 8

1993    The Frederick News Post, Work of Art, Bill Green, pg. D7, 12/16

1993    The Chronicle, Banneker Paints the Town, Roseanne Park, pg. 1, 11/8

1992    Sunday News Journal, For Students in Milford Writing is on the Wall, pg. 1,

1992    Maryland Independent: Students Unveil Art Work, James Hettinger, photo Gary Smith

1991    The Volunteer, GMHC, West Wall Art, Alice Carey, pg. 4-5,1/91

1991    Wyoming Seminary Preparatory School Journal, Sesquicentennial Mural Display 12/1

1991    The Sunday Star, St. Michael’s Artwork, Roxanne Doxter, pg. 1

1991    The Evening Sun, Images of Baltimore Converge in an Evocative Show, M. Giuliano, July18

1991    The Howard County Sun, The Big Picture, Algerina Perna, February3

1990    Phoenix, Its a Day in the Park for Art, Tom Wachunas, August 16

1990    The Capital, Exhibit Tugs at Viewers Social Conscience, C. Falk, July 20

1989    The New York Yamuri, Current Arrivals, July 25

1986    The Jewish Times, Emotional Content in a Modern Idiom, Janne Heifitz, November 1

1981    The News American, Artist Upstairs at Grimaldis, T. Lachman, January

1981    The Baltimore Sun, Small Pulls Ahead of the Big, Elizabeth Stevens, January



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