Category Archives: Gallery Photo

Reaching Our New Goal (+ Donor Shoutouts!)

Okay, folks. With it being only 11 days into this Kickstarter Project, we have nearly reached $1,000 in funds! People from all over the country have been pitching in to support this exciting opportunity. I am forever grateful.

I officially leave for Venice in June and that’s our deadline to pull in funds for hostels, and art supplies. If we hit the 250% mark, all my bases will be covered. Come on guys, we can make it to this new goal! Let your friends know, if you haven’t already, about this project. Let them know how much it would help out, and how they get a print from me in return!

I wanted to thank everyone by giving blog shout-outs to people who donate. So, today I’d like to highlight some of the people who have contributed to my cause so far:

Chinn Wang – Previous studio-neighbor to yours truly, and all around artistic Bad-Ass, Chinn recently taught at Tyler University and now resides in Colorado. Her brightly colored super-fabulous, screen-printed wooden icons can be seen in shows around the nation … or by clicking her name above.

Lisa Staplemann – My next door neighbor Lisa gets is an acupuncture therapist. She is currently working through Isthmus Acupuncture.  Sign up for a session!

Ericka & Chris Olivarez – My sister and her husband Chris reside in San Antonio, TX, with their 4 year old son, Christopher-Michael. My sister, a graduate from Notre Dame University, manages the Social Studies department of a San Antonio school district. Chris, owns and runs a courier business.

Ben Emmel – I have never met Ben. But, so far, he had funded 40 Kickstarter projects. Way to go, Ben!

H.L. Birdsong – Also a previous stranger, Ms. Birdsong is a Portland area printmaker and artist. She runs Smidgeon Press, and if you click her link above, you can check out some of the prints she has for sale. Ms. Birdsong must have found out about my Kickstarter through a mutual friend. Exciting stuff!

Keep on the lookout these next couple of days for a new set of donors. The next session will highlight my San Antonio friend and Master Chef, Selina Arredondo and New York based printmaker Kirsten Flaherty! Also, some news on future sponsorships …

I now leave you with an installation shot of my recent solo show “Venerations”.


Thesis Show Images

Art Lofts Gallery Installation View - photo courtesy of Jim Escalante

This past Friday my MFA thesis show came down. Pending a graduation ceremony, I am officially a Master of Fine Art! It was really great seeing so many people come out to the show and hearing all of their feedback. The work was given overwhelming enthusiasm for both the installation and the work itself. *Phew!*I will add more photos of the exhibition soon, but for now here are a couple previews. I plan on touring this show in the coming months, so look out for information on shows in your neighboring cities. *NEWSFLASH – To all of my Texas friends: If you’re traveling through the Houston area around June, I will have one of these pieces in the first annual PrintHouston: NEXT exhibition at the 4411 Montrose Gallery. You should stop by!*

Entrance Podium

I dedicate this show to my friends & family and all their relentless encouragement. I would especially like to thank my parents, Dianne and Alvaro Benavides. Their support, steadfast love, and dedication to work ethic are all things I strive to achieve everyday. I would like to thank my faculty committee, Derrick Buisch, Fred Stonehouse, Jack Damer, and John Hitchcock, for their support, honesty, and critical feedback. I would like to thank Greg Luckeroth, Bruce Crownover, Andy Rubin, and all of Tandem Press Staff for their support in printing this project. I would also like to thank Sally Kronsnoble for her assistance in the hanging of the show. And, finally I would like to thank the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate Department for believing I had what it takes to attend such a prestigious university. Without the Ed-GRS Fellowship I would have never made it this far.

So, what next? …  I’m working on gathering funds for the impending residency in Venice, Italy and my move to Philadelphia, PA. More information on these projects coming soon!

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Example of Installed Work

Example of Installed Work

A chance encounter between a character of mine and a likeness of her. Here you can see how these large woodcuts are generally hung in galleries. Stay tuned for more updates on new installation methods …

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