Lynn Benson


I am drawn to forces within the natural world and I watch how we humans perceive and impact these delicate balances. My subject matter is within that dynamic realm. Working with paint, printmaking, fabric, collage, photography, installation, and more, I look for core essences and universals, surprises, fragility, and reverence, in balance with specific issues surfacing in this politically and environmentally challenged world we inhabit.

My current work relates to world water. The amazing meandering lines captured by satellite view of rivers and shorelines provide inspiration for many of my recent works. I play upon the botanical and anatomical similarities in paths of fluids and patterns of growth, relishing opportunities to push paint through layers while exploring fluid dynamics in liquid media. Whether oceans, river deltas, and aquifers, or atmosphere, drought, and rain, my longtime attraction to and interest in water is rooted in proximity to the ocean as a toddler, and awareness of the burning Cuyahoga River in the 1960s (in part leading to the federal Clean Water Act in 1972). It is impossible to ignore the crucial role that water will play in our future. I want to be a part of the conversation as we face enormous change and challenges on a global scale related to our waters..


Lynn Benson was born not far from the Atlantic Ocean and raised in the US heartland. Upon leaving the corporate world in 2010 in order to work full-time as an artist in the Kansas City region, she established her studio near the confluence of Kansas City’s major rivers. Her recent works isolate and abstract particular lines and forms of world rivers and shorelines, with an artist’s eye and a news junkie’s ear to issues affecting those places.

Benson has been invited to show in university, artist-run and commercial galleries across the country. She received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant in support of her Waterplaces project, which later was purchased by The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for their permanent collection. That project was recently unveiled in a solo show at the museum in the spring of 2018, with an overlapping solo show featuring Benson’s oil paintings, alongside her RiverPuzzle#2 wall installation, at the Volland Store Gallery in Alma, Kansas.

She has been awarded artist residencies through the Escape to Create Artist Residency in Seaside, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico, and the Tallgrass Artist Residency in the Flint Hills/ tallgrass prairie region of eastern Kansas. She is returning to Florida for a month-long residency at The Studios of Key West at the end of 2018 to further her water-focused work.