“Four Cups” travels on to Kentucky!

“Order and Chaos” is this year’s theme for a National Chautaqua taking place throughout the academic year at Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.

Along with an annual Chautaqua Lecture Series, the Department of Art and Design’s Giles Gallery features works from 58 artists and 26 states in an exhibition, ORDER AND CHAOS, January 26 – February 22. I am honored that Four Cups was chosen from the hundreds of entries!

With what feels to be a timely theme, I want to share my statement accompanying the work, Four Cups:

“While water isn’t orderly, we have certain expectations for water –– the primary focus of my current artistic life. It rains, it flows and trickles in our creeks and rivers, it freezes into sleet and ice cubes. It fills vast spaces between land masses, creating broad oceans and bays. At home, most of the U.S. population can turn the handle on a faucet and, as prescribed by a city’s codes, the water will flow. And we expect that water to be “up to code” chemically. The chemists label it H20 (H-2-0) and we understand the order in that. But in recent years, there are things happening that go beyond the storms of nature, the droughts of seasons, the muddying of rivers. The chemistry in our oceans is changing from extra carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Our rivers, lakes and gulf waters have seen pollution from oil spills (Alabama Coast), mining (Animas River), lead in pipes (Flint), and farm runoff (Toledo). Here’s to vigilance, to avoid a water supply fallen to chemical chaos.”


Waterplaces has a new home at “The Beach”

I am so thrilled to announce this!….


The entire WATERPLACES collection of works on paper, shown above from the Fall 2015 exhibition at the Kansas City Design Center, has been purchased by The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kansas, to be housed in the museum’s permanent collection. “The Beach” is a part of Kansas State University and impresses me so! The staff have been fantastic to work with. It’s fair to say that the people of mid and western Kansas have a keen awareness of the importance of water so this is a great fit in that respect. And their very fine collection, focused on regional work, is clearly steadily being enriched with some exciting additions!

WATERPLACES will be unveiled at the museum in a solo show in the Spring of 2018, but in the meantime watch Instagram for an upcoming slow feed of images from the collection…including, below, New River Inlet, North Carolina (Camp LaJeune).

Look for @thewaterplacesproject on Instagram beginning sometime June, 2016.New River @ Camp Lejeune






“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.

(Click images to enlarge for quality)

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!