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 Sylvia Benitez, the founder and president of GAGA, 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 and 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 public artwork with is found in over 70 collaborative public murals, which were funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland, Delaware, NYC, and Pennsylvania, State Art Counsels, 1986-2006. She sat on the Virginia Center for Creative Arts’ artist residency work evaluation panel 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, earning her BFA. Shortly there after she moved to NYC and lived on the Lower East Side, 1981. Benitez lived in NYC until the year 2000 where she says her real education began, was implemented, and flourished.

Benitez is currently represented by: The Bill Lowe Gallery, Atlanta Georgia, Gallery Nord, San Antonio, Texas, and the Austin Street Gallery, Rockport TX. Her highly sought after work is found in private and public collections. 

 For more information about Sylvia Benitez, please click this link  http://www.sylviabenitezstudio.com/


 

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