Jane Benson  
   
Born Thornbury, England.
Lives and works in London and New York.


Education

1994 Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hons) Painting.
1997 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Master of Fine Art.


Solo Exhibitions

2017 Jane Benson, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH (upcoming)
Song for Sebald, LMAK projects, New York, NY 
2016 Finding Baghdad, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
2015 Play Land, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
2012 The Splits, Henry Street Settlement: Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
The Splits: Duet With Me, The Vaults: Swing Space, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
2009 The Mews, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York.
2007 Underbush, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver.
2006 The Chronicles of Narcissism, Black and White Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
2004 Underbush, Roebling Hall, New York.
2002 The Materials At Hand, Michael Steinberg First New York at Karen McCready Fine Art, New York.
1999 Painting and Decorating, The Chicago Project Room, Chicago.


Museum Exhibitions/ Performances

2018 On Another Note: The Intersection of Art and Music, Lyman Allyn Museum, Connecticut.
2017 Your Story: Migration and Flight, Kunsthalle Emden, Emdem, Germany.
2013 Queens International, Queens Museum, Queens, New York.
2012 The Splits: Red/ Blue, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut.
2008 Road Trip, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose.
Far From Home, North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina.
2002 Paradise Revisited, Bury Museum, England.
2000 Great Representations, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York.
Greater New York: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center/Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1995 John Watson Award, Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Selected Site-Specific Installations

2012 Mirror Globe (Mapping the New World), IS/HS 585, Queens, New York: A Percent For Art/ NYC Department of Cultural Affairs project.
2007-09 Nature Not Nature, Omi, International Arts Center, Columbia County, New York.
2006 Soft Sites, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philidelphia.
2005-06 Beyond Reason, Seibel Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
Curated by Kevin Hamilton.
2005 Occupied, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Queens, New York.
Imitation Day, Jamaica Flux, Jamaica Center for the Arts, Queens, New York.
2003-04 The Waiting Room, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, New York.
2002-03 Glory FFlora, NEW VIEWS: World Financial Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and WFC Arts & Events project, New York.
2000 Mobile Library - Chelsea?s 1st Street Vendor ? White Columns and various locations in Chelsea, New York.


Selected Group Exhibitions/ Performances

2015 Mobility and it's Discontents, 8th Floor Gallery, Rubin Foundation, New York, NY,
curated by Sara Reisman
Jane Benson, Popel Coumou, Jonathan Calm, LMAK Projects, New York, NY
Judy Pfaff, Jane Benson, Kuehne/Klein, Robert Kushner, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Amusing Style, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY
2013 Holiday Pop-up Shop, Paula Cooper  Gallery 197, New York, NY
do it, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY. Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist
2012 The Meeting, ISCP gallery, New York.
FARE.ERAF, Soloway, Brooklyn, New York.
The Splits: LGBTQ, Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C.: A project in collaboration
with Nick Klein and the Glassbook project.
The Splits: LGBTQ, Institute of Jazz Studies, Dana Room, Rutgers-Newark University.
Splits: T, New Gallery, Boston. In collaboration with Nomi Epstein (upcoming) .
2011 New Smyrna Splits, Atlantic Arts Center, Florida.
Norfolk, Thierry Goldberg Projects, New York.
Contain, Sustain, Maintain, Washington Projects for The Arts, Washington.
Dust to Settle, Cuchifritos, New York.
2010 Naked, Royal Society of Sculptors, London.
Interiors, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.
The Arbitrariness of Signs, Momenta Art, New York.
Dust to Settle, Cuchifritos, New York.
2009 Impossible Exchange, Frieze Projects, London.
Elswhere, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta.
Back To The Drawing Board, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York.
Day Trading, Museum 52, New York.
Elswhere, Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta.
Back To The Drawing Board, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York.
2008 Zero Zone, Tracy Williams Ltd, New York.
Belle de Jour, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York.
Supernatural, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York.
Catching The Word, Black and White Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
Human Resources, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council @ Seaport, New York.
2007 Imaginary Arsenals, Cuchifrutos Gallery, New York.
Delicatessen, Schmidt Center University Gallery, Florida.   
Intelligent Design, Momenta Gallery, New York.      
Lovely, Dark and Deep, Pelham Arts Center, New York.
The Armory Show, Represented by Socrates Sculpture Park, New York.
2006 Scarecrow, Postmasters Gallery, New York.
Utopia, Kohler Arts Center, Wisconsin. Curated by Lena Vigna.
The Sanctuary and The Scrum, Black and White Gallery, Chelsea, New York.
The Object Of Design, Pelham Arts Center, New York.
Cluster, El Particular, Mexico City. Curated by Katie Holten.
Luxury Goods, Kathleen Kullen Fine Arts, New York.
Jaundiced Eye, Scope, New York.
Hero, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
National Psyche, The Lab, San Francisco.
Facing Newark, New York City Arts Council, Newark, New Jersey.
2005 Le Dessert de Retz, Massimo Audiello gallery, New York.
From the Root to the Fruit, Alona Kagan, New York.
Wasteland, Roebling Hall, New York.
Democracy Was Fun, ArtLA, Los Angeles.
Facing Newark, New York City Arts Council, Newark, New Jersey.
2004 Democracy Was Fun, White Box, New York.
American Visions and Revisions, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna.
Spacemakers, Lothringer Dreizen, Munich, Germany.
Gald Day, Foxy Production, New York.
Bush League, Roebling Hall, New York.
2003 GO! Liquidacion Total, Madrid
The Brewster Project, Brewster, New York.
Recession 2003 $99 Bargain Store Show, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York.
2002 Minor Alterations, Center for Curaturial Studies, Bard College, New York.
Paradise Revisited, Bury Museum, England
Art Educates the World, Sotheby?s, New York.
Exotica, Riva Gallery, New York.
Are "Friends" Electric? On-line Exhibition, Nerve.com
White Columns Silent Auction & Gala, White Columns, New York.
2001 Film Stills, White Columns, New York.
Art Transplant, UKinNY Festival, British Consulate, New York.
Paradise Revisited, Bury Museum, England.
The Poster Show, The Cabinet Gallery, London.
Reactions, Exit Art, New York.
Momenta Annual Auction, Momenta, New York.
2000 Greater New York: PS1 Contemporary Art Center/Museum of Modern Art, New York.
La Folie, Villa Medici, French Cultural Institute, Rome.
The Munchie Munchie, Diverseworks Art Space, Houston, Texas.
Overcoat: A Mobile Show in a Coat, Berlin, Hamburg, New York,
Art Chicago - Chicago, London, Vienna, Basel.
I Love New York, Point Gallery, New York.
1999 Conceptualistictionism, Star 67, Brooklyn, New York.
Disfunctional Home, NIU Museum-Chicago Gallery, Chicago.
Outer Boroughs, White Columns, New York.
Apocalyptically Optimistic?Chelsea?s 1st Street Vendor: performance at White Columns
and various locations in Chelsea Art district, New York.
Warmer Still, Videoland, New York.
Gala, New Museum, New York.
1998 Ceaseless, Crown Center Gallery, Northen Illinois University, Chicago.
Headstand, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York.
1997 The Harry Carey Show, Diverseworks Art Space, Houston.
The Art Exchange -"The Alternative Alternative Art Fair", New York.
Coming Attractions, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago.
Beret's Greatest Hits, Beret International, Chicago.
Pets, The Center for Short Lived Phenomenom, Chicago.
1996 Nomadic N.A.M.E., N.A.M.E. Gallery, Annual Fund Raising Auction, Chicago.
Life-Size, N.A.M.E., Chicago.
The Blister Show, Center For Short Lived Phenomenom, Chicago.
Gallery 2, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.
They Might Be Giants, Beret International Gallery, Chicago.
1995 John Watson Award, The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Awards and Residencies

2011 Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, Florida.
2010 The Vaults: Swing Space Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York.
2009 Full Professional Associate Membership, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London.
Bank of America CREATE Art Award, London: Short-list.
2007 Artists Alliance Inc., Studio Residency, New York.
2006 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, College of Applied and Fine Arts: Artist in residence.
2005 Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York.
Scope Art Fair, New York: Artist's Grant
2003 Emerging Artists Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens, New York.
2002-03 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and World Financial Center Arts & Events Residency Program.
2001 North West Arts Board (England), Exhibition Grant.
2000 Buffalo Bayou ArtPark/Houston Sculpture 2000 Honorarium.
1995-8 Fulbright Scholarship.
1996 2nd Year International Student Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1995-6 P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship.
1995 R.S. Richard Foundation.
The Scottish International Education Trust.
The James and Frieda Lund Trust Grant.
1994 The Watt Medal: Heriot Watt University Premier Award.
The John Watson Award: The Scottish Gallery of Modern Art.
The Hellen A. Rose Bequest Scholarship.
1993 The Hospitalfield Summer Residency


Selected Bibliography

Halle, H., Time Out Critic's Pick Top Five New York Art Shows Jane Benson: Play Land, Time Out New York, November 13, 2015
Herriman, K., Jane Benson’s Rhythmic Tale of Two Iraqi Brothers, Artsy Editorial, Nov 4th, 2015
Smith, R., Clash of the Items, at a Gallery Near You: Exhibitions at Sean Kelly, Pavel Zoubok and Salon 94, New York Times, JULY 24, 2014
Hodara, S., Out of Many Themes, One Topic, The New York Times ,September 21 ,2012.
MacAdam, B, Critic's Pick: Jane Benson, ArtNews, Jan 2012
Richard J. Goldstein, Jane Benson: The Splits I, podcast, by BOMB, May 05, 2011
Richard J. Goldstein, "The Splits" interview with Jane Benson, BOMB magazine: BOMBBLOG, October 05, 2010
Rosenburg, K., The Mews, The New York Times, July 3 2009.
Wolf, R., Turning Over A New Leaf, Artnews, April 2009..
Banai, N., Work Space 2007, Time Out, August 2008.
Zero Zone, The New Yorker, August 11 & 18, 2008.
Best In Sculpture Zero Zone, Time Out, August 2008.
Shpungin, D. Delicatessen, Catalogue, 2007.
Ban, S. Review The Chronicles of Narcissism, Art News, January 2007.
Johnson, K. Review - Sanctuary and the Scrum, New York Times, 2006.
Reisman, S. Review - The Chronicles of Narcissism. Art Notes, December 2006.
Gibson, D. Review - The Chronicles of Narcissism D?art Magazine, March 2007.
Levy, V. Historic gardens snag contemporary flair, The Daily Pennsylvania, May 19, 2006.
E. Newhall, Traveling show finds a world of influences-ICA, Bartram's Garden host works Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2006.
Goggin N., Squier J. Context, Place and Transformation, Ninthletter magazine, April 2005.
Heng-gil Han, Sara Reisman, Omar Lopez-Chamoud, Jamaica Flux, Catalogue, 2005.
Hummer T., Underbush - review, Art In America, 2004.
Schambelan, E. Underbush - review, Artforum, 2004.
Barnett E., Underbush - Curator?s Pick, New Museum on-Line, 2004.
Banai, N. New Views- World Financial Center, Catalogue, 2003.
Schambelan E., New Views, Artforum, 2002.
Vogel C. Spaces, New York Times, Nov. 8 2002.
A R, Best Of NYC, Village Voice, Oct. 2-8, 2002.
Gibson D. & Charles R. Erotika, Catalogue.
Honigman A F. Erotika, Time Out NY, August 1-8, 2002.
Evangelista, K. Minor Alterations, Pamphlet, 2002.
Steitfeld, L.P. The Unifying Symbol: EROTIKA , NY Arts Magazine, 2002.
Victor M Cassidy, Prairie Smoke, Artnet 2001.
Art Educates the World, Catalogue/CD-Rom, 2002.
Sandler I. Art Transplant, Catalogue 2001.
Steinberg. M, Up & Coming, VILO International Press, 2001.
Paradise Revisited, Bury Times, 2001.
Vincent, M. Paradise Revisited ? art review, LIFE, Tues. Nov. 14 2000.
PS1/MOMA, Greater New York, Catalogue, 2000.
Lark L., The Munchie Munchie, ARTLies, #27 Summer 2000.
Engelstein S., The Munchie Munchie, Catalogue, 2000.
Christov-Barkargiev C. Bosse L. Ulrich Obrist H., La Ville, Le Jardin, La Memoire, Cat.2000 Ganis W., Michael Ashkin, Clara Williams, Jane Benson, Mick O?Shea, Greater New York, PS1, CD-Rom/Cat, 2000.
Lambert C., Emily Jacir, Jane Benson, Paul Pheiffer, Greater New York, PS1, CD-Rom/Catalogue, 2000.
Vireros-Faune, C. Conceptualisticationism, The New Yorker, 2000.
Levin, K. Conceptualisticationism, Village Voice, 2000.
Broom, B. Making room, Ten by Ten Magazine 2000.
Pitton, P. In Basel die Ruhe entdeckt, Basler Stab, 2000.
Cassens, L. Quick Time Performance, Viper 2000.
Faune, C. Catalogue 1999 Vireros.
Purcell G., Ceaseless, New Art Examiner Feb. 1999.
Camper F., Form Follows Function, Chicago Reader 19 Feb. 1999 Dysfunctional Home, New Art Examiner, April 1999.
Charmelo J., Dysfunctional Home, Catalogue, 1999.
McAdam B., ArtTalk, Artnews Dec. 1998.
Smith R., Headstand, New York Times, Aug. 4th 1998.
Greene, D. A. Headstand, The New Yorker, Aug. 24th & 31st, 1998.
Rockwell S., Headstand, d'ART International vol.1, No.3 Fall, 1998.
Levin K., Headstand-Recommended, The Village Voice, August, 1998.
Lubelski, A. Working Outside: Overcoat, NY Arts Magazine, 1998.
Prez, J. Scanning The Burg, Waterfront, Brooklyn, NY, 1998.
Wiens, A. Alternative Exhibition Sites/ Non-Sites, New Art Examiner, 1998.
Grabner M. & Killam, B. The Harry Carey Show, Catalogue, 1998.
Wiens, A. Off The Walls, New City, Chicago, 1998.
WTTW TV, Wild Chicago, 1997.
Bulkin M., Wanna Buy Some Art?: An Annointed List of NEA Alternatives, New Art Examiner, 1997.
Erickson K., Coming Attractions, New Art Examiner, 1997.
Hall M., Life-Size, Catalogue, 1997.
Wiens, A. Coat of Charms ? Cornering the Art Market, New City, Chicago. 1997.

 

Lectures and Panels

2011
Middlebury College, Vermont.
Public artists lecture. And class critique in undergraduate sculpture.

2010
Royal Society of Sculptors, London.
Public artists lecture as part of the public program for the exhibition Naked.

2007
Florida Atlantic University, Department of Visual Arts and Art.
History, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Visiting Artist Lecture and undergraduate student studio visits. Public panel discussion in support of the exhibition Delicatessen, curated by Diana Shpungin.

2008
North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina.
Panel discussion to support the exhibition Far from Home, curated by Kinsey Katchka.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY.
All Around the Water Cooler:Two public programs organized as part of the show Human Resources. Panel discussion with Jane Benson, Michael Cataldi and Mladen Miljanovic moderated by curator Sara Reisman.

2007
Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.
Public Artists Talk in conjunction with the show Underbush.

2005
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland.
The inaugural lecture of APPLESAUCE (a portal between the art worlds of New York and Edinburgh): Lecture: Not-for-Profit and Artist run Spaces in NYC.

2002
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, New York, NY: Panel discussion exploring the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency program: NEW VIEWS- World Financial Center residency.

2001
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY.
Writers Project/ Artists Dialogue centered round the critical essay "Pointing at PS1" by Carrie Lambert; Chaired by Carolyn Christov-Barkargiev.
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York.
Artists talk in relation to the installation "Great Representations"

2000
Clementine Gallery, New York, NY.
NYArts – Mob Rules (at the Clementine Gallery): Discussion on current New York City exhibits



Visiting Lecturer/ Artist

2012
Cornell University, Department of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca:
Public lecture

2011
Middlebury College, Vermont
Public artists lecture. And class critique in undergraduate sculpture

2010
Royal Society of Sculptors, London
Public artists lecture as part of the public program for the exhibition Naked.

2009
New York University, New York, NY: Visiting Artist Lecture and class critique in
undergraduate sculpture
School of Visual Art, New York, NY: Visiting Artist Lecture in undergraduate sculpture
The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Visiting artist's talk and
undergraduate studio visits.
Barnard College Graduate School, Columbia University, New York, NY. Visiting artist
talk, undergraduate seminar

2008
New York University, New York, NY: Visiting Artist Lecture and class critique in
undergraduate sculpture
North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina
Panel discussion to support the exhibition Far from Home, curated by Kinsey Katchka.
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
All Around the Water Cooler:Two public programs organized as part of the show Human
Resources. Panel discussion with Jane Benson, Michael Cataldi and Mladen Miljanovic
moderated by curator Sara Reisman.

2007
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, New York, NY
: Visiting
Artist talk and class critique in undergraduate sculpture.
New York University, New York, NY: Visiting Artist Lecture and class critique in
undergraduate sculpture
Florida Atlantic University, Department of Visual Arts and Art
History, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
: Visiting Artist Lecture and
undergraduate student studio visits. Public panel discussion in support of the exhibition
Delicatessen, curated by Diana Shpungin.
Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
Public Artists Talk in conjunction with the show Underbush.

2006
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, College of Applied and Fine Arts: Visiting
Artist Lecture/ Artist in Residence. Public Lecture, studio visits and class critiques.

2005
Hunter College, New York, NY: Visiting Artist Talk and graduate student studio visits.
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
The inaugural lecture of APPLESAUCE (a portal between the art worlds of New York and
Edinburgh): Lecture: Not-for-Profit and Artist run Spaces in NYC.

2002
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Art and Science, New York, NY: Panel
discussion exploring the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency program: NEW
VIEWS- World Financial Center residency.

2001
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Writers Project/ Artists Dialogue centered round the critical essay "Pointing at PS1" by
Carrie Lambert; Chaired by Carolyn Christov-Barkargiev.
Queens Museum of Art, Queens, New York
Artists talk in relation to the installation "Great Representations"

2000
Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
NYArts – Mob Rules (at the Clementine Gallery): Discussion on current New York City
exhibits