Benson was born in the UK and received her BFA from Edinburgh College of Art. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, moving to Chicago on a Fulbright Scholarship and later to New York where she now lives and works. Benson is known for interventions into existing works of art, literature, and found objects. Her multidisciplinary, politically-immersive and research-based approach, spans the mediums of sculpture, sound, digital media and prints. Benson’s first survey exhibition was held at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati in 2017. Benson has exhibited in venues including MoMA PS1, New York; SculptureCenter, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Kuntsmuseum Bonn, Germany; Scottish Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Florida; Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York; Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York, LMAK Gallery/ Keijsers Koning, New York and Paula Cooper Gallery Palm Beach.
Benson’s work has been reviewed in publications such as the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, Brooklyn Rail, Artnews, BOMB, and Art in America. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Pollack-Krasner Grant and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts residency. She is represented by Priska Pasquer, Cologne. Benson’s first monograph was published by Skira in March 2019.
About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program
The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.
The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.