“Drops in Petri Dishes” invited to Idaho State show!

Co-sponsored by Idaho State University, “Water Ecologies”  runs March 28 – May 7th in Pocatello.

Guest juror, Basia Irland, chose to include me in this group show and I couldn’t be happier!! Partly because I admire her work so much, and partly because the show seems like the perfect fit for Drops in Petri Dishes, an installation which was born in the summer of 2012 when so much of the western portion of the U.S. experienced severe and distressing drought. I stopped what I was doing and started making “drops” reflecting specific water places, and nonspecific natural regions, oceans, rivers. Each drop felt sacred, precious, and singular.

The original drops were mostly small and I’ve incorporated them into various experimental works over the last several years. The current Drops in Petri Dishes are larger and this, so far, is my favorite format for these gems.IMG_2401(Here the Hudson River flows past the site of the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, approximately 25 miles north of New York City.)

Can’t wait to receive photos of the show from ISU’s Department of Arts and Letters!

Photos from Waterplaces exhibition in downtown KC

It takes a pro to capture forty-seven feet of delicate, translucent works. Thanks to friend and photographer E.G. Schempf I am able XLBenson_WATERPLACES exhibit section_2015to share, here, this first exhibition of the 100 WATERPLACES works. Thanks also to Vladimir Krystic, Director of KCDC, and Sarah Kraly, Executive Assistant, who supported this project in myriad ways during it’s 6-week run. And that’s only the beginning of the list of experts from our city, regional, environmental, and arts communities who contributed to the artist talk and panel discussion focused on water.

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brLBenson_WATERPLACES (detail showing 6 of 100 works)

When you get closer you can see a little more about the hanging method, with the works on paper vellum captured within two additional sheets of vellum, strategically folded at the edges. Clockwise from upper left: Oil about the River (Williston, North Dakota); Simpson Desert, Australia; Brazoria (National Wildlife Refuge in Texas); Grand Canal (Venice); Detroit; Falkland Islands. Fragile places! Each has a story or information page in the binders which accompany the exhibition, complete, in some cases, with citations from national and international news, governmental, or scientific sources. Content related to each Waterplace varies from a few sentences to a full page.

Here’s another photo: a close-up of the corner of Papua, New Guinea.

#1_Corner_shows hanging method_Papua (detail)

For more photos/info: lynn@lynnbenson.com.  This show needs to travel!

The Show Poster and The City…


For those walking along Baltimore in downtown Kansas City, the poster for my Waterplaces exhibition may have looked like this…depending on the time of day, the reflections from the city, and the light on of those stunning lime green accents within the Kansas City Design Center. KCDC is home base to an academic program for graduate architecture, urban design and landscape design students, ready to tackle real-world projects…and with a constant underpinning of sustainability. Our interests overlapped beautifully!



Latest News About The Waterplaces Project!

Several years in the making, I’m excited to share the following information about the exhibition of my 100 small works on vellum reflecting “waterplaces” around the world… and very happy and honored to have received funding from ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council to help support this event!!

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WATERPLACES: 100 works on paper

**Opening reception: Thursday, October 8, 2015 |  5:30pm – 7:30pm

Artist lecture and (water-focused) panel discussion: Thursday,          November 5, 2015 | 5:30 – 7:30

KANSAS CITY DESIGN CENTER  1018 Baltimore Ave,                             Kansas City, MO 64105  www.kcdesigncenter.org

Exhibition dates: October 8 – November 20, 2015                                Hours: M-F, 9am – 5pm or by appointment

Sponsored by the KCDC and the MARC Regional Water Quality Education Committee with funding support awarded by ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council


This upcoming show is the first time that even I will see all of the works up at the same time!!  Hope you can come!!  –LYNN