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Peg Benison Art Studio


BIO

Peg Benison is a Connecticut based fine artist, whose work focuses on the portrait and figure. After graduating from Holy Cross, Benison continued her studies at Parsons School of Design in New York. There she studied computer illustration and painting, concentrating on classical painting technique.

She began her career as an illustrator, creating computer illustrations and animations for children's educational software and print publications, working for Scholastic Inc. and McClanahan Inc. However, painting continued to be her true calling, and she chose to concentrate on fine art. She currently maintains a studio in Norwalk, CT at Firing Circuits Artists Studios.

Benison is also active in the artist community, she founded AreaArtist.com to help artists promote their work and to connect collectors with local artists. She has previously served on the Board of the Mamaroneck Artists' Guild and the Stamford Art Association and is currently an Advisory Board member of the Greenwich Art Society.

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

In my recent figure pieces I have been exploring the expressive nature of the figure when everything else is stripped away and the painting focuses in on the figure itself, without an elaborate background, sometimes even removing color, as well, and working in black and white. These pieces concentrate on the figure alone in order to capture the emotional impact of the smallest gesture or slight change in expression, that we all register, sometimes without even noticing. In a distracting “always on” world , it is my hope, that these pieces will remind us of the quiet human connection that, regardless of language or culture, we all share


SELECT EXHIBITIONS:

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION Bendheim Gallery, 2019
Curator: Hillary Reder, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawing & Prints, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION Bendheim Gallery, 2019
Curator: Megan Fontanella, Curator, Modern Art and Provenance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION Bendheim Gallery, 2018
Curator: Randall R. Griffey, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“RELISHING RESTRAINT”  Loft Artist Gallery, 2018
Juror: Krista Scenna curator and gallerist based in Brooklyn, NY.

ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION Bendheim Gallery 2016
Curator: Randall R. Griffey, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

CONNECTICUT WOMEN ARTISTS ANNUAL NATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION, Slater Museum, 2016

CONTINUUM: GENDER IDENTITIES, Ridgefield Guild of Artists, 2011

SPECTRUM, Carriage Barn Arts Center Gallery  2001
Juror: Stephanie Wiles, Ph.D., Curator Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT

NORTHERN WESTCHESTER EXPOSURE, Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, 2000

NEW ART ANNUAL, Leonhart Galleries, Stamford Museum 1999
Juror: Cynthis Roznoy, Curator Whitney Museum of American Art

ART OF THE NORTHEAST, Silvermine Galleries 1989
Juror: Helaine Posner, Curator of Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Women in Arts, Washington, D.C.

 

AWARDS:

Charles J. Beran Award, Annual Juried Exhibition, Bendheim Gallery, Greenwich CT 2016
Curator: Randall R. Griffey, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Alice T Queenan Foundation Award, Annual Juried Exhibition Flinn Gallery , Greenwich CT 2004
Juror: Richard Lytle, Professor Emeritus, Yale, School of Art.

First Award Drawing, Second Award Painting, Ferguson Gallery, Stamford, CT, 1993

Best in Show , Stamford Art Assocaiation, Faces and Figures, 1992
Juror: Bill Katz, Sculptor, Painter

 

EDUCATION:

Parsons School of Design, Certificate of Illustration
College of the Holy Cross, BA Visual Arts

 

BOARD MEMBER:

Greenwich Art Society: 2005- Present
Mamaroneck Artists Guild : 1996-2002
Stamford Art Association, 1990-1993


 

 

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