curriculum vitae

Barbara Benish's Curriculum Vitae


→ Education

1986–88 Master of Fine Arts Claremont Graduate University, California
1983–84 Scholarship Kunstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden
1980–82 Bachelor of Arts University of Hawaii, Manoa. (Art/Ethnology Major)
1979 Certificate Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
1975–76 Scholarship Chouinard Institute of Art, Los Angeles, California

→ Professional experience

2013–2015 Master of Fine Arts Claremont Graduate University, California
2004–present Founding Director, ArtMill: Center for Sustainable Creativity
Non-formal arts and educational center in Central Europe.
University level (Graduate and Undergraduate credit).Workshops,
Summer Study Programs, Artist in Residence, Youth Summer Camp.
2007-2014 Founding Artist/Director, Galerie Califia, Czech Republic
Artist-run gallery featuring local and international artists
2010–2011 Advisory Board, školska Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2010–2012 Board of Directors, Fulbright Commission, Czech Republic
2014–present Board of Directors, California Lawyers for the Arts
2014–2015 Board of Directors, Transformative Education Forum US
2013–2015 Co-Chair, UN SD Education Caucus (coordinating with over 800 NGO’s on UN conferences that include education
policy proposals or advancements of environmental issues)
2013–2015 Arts, Education and Outreach Advisor to the United Nations
Safe Planet Campaign on the Responsibility of Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes. Under the auspices of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, UNEP

→ Conferences & Symposia

2015 Culture(s) of Sustainable Futures, final conference of the COST action IS 1007, Helsinki, Finland
2014 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Lima, Peru. Co-Chair UN Education Caucus (in absentea)
2013 UNESCO International Congress: "Culture, the Key to Sustainable Development", Hangzhou, China, 15-17 May
7th World Environmental Education Congress, Marrakech, Morocco
COST Action Group, Investigating Cultural Sustainability, IS1007, Skopje, Macedonia
2012 Rio+20, United Nations Climate Change Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
S.S. Palo Alto Roundtable II, Social Practice Arts Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz
Na Jine Puda/On Different Soil: Growth in Art, Society and Culture, Nova Scene, Prague, Czech Republic
UN Safe Planet Campaign Strategic Planning and Education meeting, Ojai, California
2011 Transformative Educational Forum, Naval PostGraduate School, Monterey, California
1st Annual S.S. Palo Alto Roundtable, Social Public Art Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz. Eco- ArtPark in the Monterey Bay
Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Fifth Meeting. United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 25-29 April
5th International Marine Debris Conference, NOAA/UNEP, Honolulu, Hawai'i. 21-25 March
2010 Strategic Workshop for the Development of a Public Awareness and Outreach Strategy and Business Plan under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Safe Planet Campaign. Centre de formation du Leman, Jongny, Switzerland, 27-29 June
UN Safe Planet Strategic Planning Retreat, ArtMill, Horazdovice, Czech Republic
2006 Symposium on Czech and U.S. Art Education, Skolska Gallery, Prague
2005 Creating Dialogue, Museum Kampa, Prague; CIEE University, Prague, C.R.
2001 Bearing Witness, at "ready to..." International Symposium on Network/Art/Society. National Gallery, Prague.Organized by the Internationales Kunstler Gremium, Koln
1993 Transformational Powers of Graffiti Art panel, Occidental College, Highland Park, California
1990 Dialogue Symposium, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California
1989 Dialogue Prague/Los Angeles, Symposium. Gong Gallery, Prague,
Czechoslovakia. (Artist Organizer and Curator)

→ Solo/Two-Person Exhibitions & Installations (selected from over 30)

Jeannie den Holm.
2002 “Stone Sky”, installation. Stelle Cadenti, Bassano in Teverino, Italy. Curator: Mirella Benitivoglio.
  “New Works” The Shed Gallery, Newport Beach, California. Curator: Jeannie denHolm.
2000 "Barbara Benish: Hybrid Histories". Pomona College Art Museum, Claremont University, California. Curator: Rebecca McGrew. (catalogue essay: R. McGrew)
1999 "Sand Castles”, installation, Huntington Beach Art Center, California. Curator: Maggie Owens. (catalogue essays: Eleanor Heartney, M.Owens)
1997 "Snake Dance", installation, Liben Synagogue, Prague. Curator: Martina Pachmanová. (catalogue)
  “1-12-3-8-9-13-9-1” (B.Benish & M.Titlova ). Plecník Gallery, Prague Castle. Curator: Jana Ticha. (catalogue essay: J. Ticha)
1996 "Barbara Benish: Works". Kulturbrücke Fratres-Slavonice, CZ/Austria. Curator: Dr. Uli Reinert.
1995 "Water Enough for One Root". Mánes Gallery, Prague, CZ. Curator: Vlasta Ciháková-Noshiro. Music: Philip Noshiro. (catalogue essays: Vlasta Čiháková-Noshiro, Martina Pachmanová)
  The Book of Revelation, (printer/publ. Robin Price) Artworks, Los Angeles
1994 Apocalypse, Paintings & Installations, Klenová Zámek/Castle,Galerie u Bileho Jednorozce,Klatovy, Czech Republic, Curator: Helena Hrdlicková. (catalogue essay: C. Patterson)
1992 "furor melancholicus", Stadtgeschichtliche Museen Nurnberg, (Durer Haus), Germany, Curator: Dr. Matthias Mende. (catalogue essay: Donald Kuspit)
  "Encuentro", Sculptural Installations, Prasna Brána, City of Prague Gallery, CZ. Curator: Zdenka Gabalová. (catalogue essays: Anne Ayers, Gabalová)
  "Nude Devices/Divested Encounters", Otis/Parsons Gallery, Los Angeles. Curator: Anne Ayers. ("Encuentro" catalogue)
1989 "Bohemian Elegy". Saxon-Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, California
1984 "Barbara Benish: Olja-Akvarell", Galleri DocentDuk, Stockholm, Sweden
1982 "5 Textiles/5 Paintings", Commons Gallery, University of Hawaii, Honolulu 

→ Group Exhibitions (selected from over 100)

2015 Zakra!, Kravin Rural Arts, Hranice u Malce, Czech Republic, 18 June. Curator: Lenka Dolánová
2013 Bubec Vraci Uder, Sochařské studio Bubec, Praha, Czech Republic, Staromestka radnice Praha, City Hall Gallery, Prague. Curator: Karel Matou Zavadil
2012 Dar – Husák trávu nekouřil. Moravská galerie v Brně, Czech Republic 22/6/2012 – 28/10/2012
Mapping, Givatayim City Gallery, Israel. Curator Doron Polak
Je'nwi Temi, Lagos Oceanographic Institute, Lagos, Nigeria. May
2011 Mapping, Markers 8 at the 54th Venice Biennale, Art Life for the World, Venice, Italy. Curators: Doran Polok, Amir Cohen | ARTLIFEfortheworld
The Architecture of Plastic, Architecture Gallery, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i
2010 Body Burden, Czech Center Bohemian National Hall, New York City. curator: Mark Cervenka, sponsored by the United Nations, catalogue
What Will Be, Universidad Technologica, Cancun (QuintanaRoo), Mexico
Cielo/Sky, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain; University of California, Santa Cruz, Porter College Faculty Gallery. curators: Shelby Graham, Miriam Durango
Body Burden, Bohemian National Hall, New York City. curator: Mark Cervenka, sponsored by the United Nations
2009 Language Arts: Images, Words, and Stories Selected From the Permanent Collection.” Sweet Briar College, Virginia,USA
Na zdraví / Nádraží, NYU/ArtMill at Richtruv Dum, Prague, CZ. 27 June-18 July.
Last Summer in Prague, NYU/ArtMill at New York University, NYC.
2008 The Art of Thought, City of Brea Art Gallery, in collaboration with artist Kim Abeles, August 10 – September 12
Escape, Galerie Califia, zamek Horazdovice, CZ August 8 – September 14, 2008
2007 “It Depends on Bigness“ Moving Station, Nádraží Plzen Jižní předměstí, Plzen, CZ. Curators: Hana Kršňáková a Štěpánka Bláhovcová.
  “X + X”. Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf-Fronberg, Germany. Curators: Václav Malina and Heiner Riepl (catalogue)
  “Here You Only Lie Once“, fabs, Warsaw, Poland. curator: Goska Sidor
2006 "Horizons". Communication Space Skolská; Galerie Nová Sín, Prague; Academy of Visual Art and Architecture Gallery, Brno. CZ. (catalogue), NOVA ART FAIR, (New Context Gallery) Chicago, USA
  "Shifted Focus". the Czech Center, New York City, NY.; the Czech Embassy,Wash.D.C.
2005 S.C.O.P.E. Art Fair, New York City
  "the Holiday Show", New Context Gallery, Chicago
  "psychonauti", Skolska Gallery, Prague
2004 Art Safari 7, Bubec Sochařské Studio, Prague, 19. 6.
  "Certain Traces, Dialogue: Los Angeles/Prague, 2004" Barnsdall Munincipal Art Gallery, L.A.; POST Gallery, L.A.; Pomona College Museum of Art at the Claremont Colleges; Crossroads Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. and S.C.A.P.E., Corona del Mar, CA.; traveled to Museum Kampa and Kotlarna, Karlin-Prague, CZ. (catalogue)
2003 “Wandering Library”, International Artists’ Museum. Jewish Museum, Venice, Italy (traveled to Israel and Lodz, Poland) (catalogue)
  “On This Side of the Sky: UNESCO Salutes Women in Art”, U.N.E.S.C.O. Hdqts., Paris (catalogue)
  “The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition”, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii (catalogue)
2002 “Markers II”, EAM Bldg. Kassel, Germany (catalogue)
  “Irrational Propositions”, POST Gallery, Los Angeles
2001  49th VENICE BIENNALE, “Markers” exhibition, Venice, Italy. (traveled to Tel Aviv; Berlin) (catalogue)
  “Night of the Falling Stars”, Bassano in Teverino, Italy
2000 "Konec Svet" (“End of the World”), National Museum, Kinsky Palace, Prague (catalogue)
1999 “Globalization”, installation: “List-o-pad”, Mánes Galerie, Prague (publication)
1998 “Signed Contract”, installation: “Faust’s Hole”, The Faust House, Prague
1997 “Public Art”, Center for Modern & Contemporary Art, Veletrzní palác/National Gallery, Prague (catalogue)
  “Dawn of the Magicians/Jitro kouzelníku?”, Center for Modern & Contemporary Art, Veletrzní palác, Prague
1995 “Felicities”, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles
  “Printer & Artist”, (Book of Revelations, Robin Price printer/Publ.) Rocket Contemporary Art, London
1994 “Site-ations”, The Artists’ Museum, Cardiff, Great Britain
  “Ventilation” Project Ateliér Toit-du-Monde, Vevey, Switzerland (publication)
1993 “Sleepless Nights”, P.S. 1 Museum, New York, Curator: Zdenka Gabalová
  “Construction in Process”, Artist’s Museum, Lodz, Poland
  “Objects: 16 Los Angeles Sculptors”,Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California (catalogue)
1992 “Breaking Barriers”, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA.
1991 “World News”, Beyond Baroque, Venice; Muckenthaler Gallery Fullerton; Onyx Cafe, Los Angeles, California (publication by Kim Abeles)
1990 “Lunada Bay” installation, Angel’s Gate Gallery, San Pedro, California
  “Dialogue:Prague/LosAngeles”, Arroyo Arts Collective, Highland Park, CA.
1989 “Dialogue:Prague/Los Angeles”, Lidovy Dum Galerie; Galerie Mladych; Prague (catalogue)
1987 “V.E.X.”, White Room, University of California, Los Angeles 
1984 “Checkpoint Charlie” , wearable art performance, Club Lingerie, Hollywood, CA.
1983 "Flying Venus", the Royal Academy of Art, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

→ Awards and Grants

2009–2011 Youth & Culture Grant, Plzen Region, C.R, for ArtMill
2010–2011 Operating Grant, Czech Ministry of Culture, for Galerie Califia
2012 European Union, Youth-in-Action, for ArtMill's BohemianWorkshops
2009–2001 Operating Grant, Town of Horaždovice, C.R, for Galerie Califia
2008 Fulbrighter of the Month, Czech Republic
2004 Exhibition Grant, U.S. Embassy, Prague
2003 Publication Grant, U.S. Embassy, Prague
2000 Artist Grant, Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
1995–97 Research Support Grant, Central European University, Prague
1994 Travel Grant, Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
1993 Fulbright Scholarship, Prague, Czech Republic. (Professor.)
1992 Artist Grant, Cultural Affairs Dept., City of Los Angeles
1991 Mural Commission, Social Public Arts Resource Center, Venice, CA.
1990 Artist Grant, Cultural Affairs Dept., City of Los Angeles
  Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles
1988 Artist Liason, Honorable Mention, Chicago, Illinois
1987 Research Grant, Council of Graduate Students, Claremont Colleges, CA.
  Graduate Fellowship, Claremont Colleges, CA.
1983–84 Rotary Club International Scholarship, Graduate Division: Stockholm
1975–76 Student Scholarship, Life Drawing, Chouinard Institute of Art, Los Angeles

→ Teaching experience 

2013 Sculpture II, Art Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
2009–2010 Visiting Artist, Installation Art, U.C. Santa Cruz, USA
2004–present ArtMill Center for Sustainable Creativity, Czech Republic. University, high school, and middle school level programs
1997–98 Head of Ateliér, Experimental Graphics. Academy of Art, Brno, C.R. with Margita Titlová
1993–94 Visiting Artist, UMPRUM (Academy of Applied Arts, Prague) Ateliér: Kurt Gebauer
1990 Visiting Artist, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California
1990–92 Life Drawing Instructor, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.
1989 Drawing Instructor, Valley College, Van Nuys, California
1987 Teaching Assistant, Scripps College, Claremont, California
1986 Teaching Assistant, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA

→ Lectures

2017 "Form, Art, and the Environment", University of California, Santa Cruz, w/co-author
Nathalie Blanc. Cowell HayBarn at the Farm
"Form, Art, and the Environment", w/Nathalie Blanc. New York City Parks Dept., The Armory,
Central Park, NYC
2015 "From Revelations to Songs" (with Robin Price, Printer/Publisher), Sterling Memorial
Library Lecture Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
"ArtMill as Case Study", Culture(s) of Sustainable Futures, final conference of the COST
Action IS1007, Helsinki, Finland
2014 "An Aesthetic Sea: Visualizing Change & the SS Palo Alto Project", Digital Arts, New
Media Dept., University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
2012 "Transformative Education, Creativity, and Sustainable Development" Film Shorts Festival
and Panel Discussion, Instituto de Biofisica, Universidad de Rio de Janiero,
Brazil. Rio+20 side event
2011 "Safe Planet Campaign Arts and Outreach", United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
"Art and Social Change", University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, USA
"Art and Social Change", KIPP School, Houston, Texas, USA
"Environment & Art", University of Houston, Texas
"Dialogue: 21 years of US-Czech Cultural Exchange", U.S. Embassy, Prague
"The Architecture of Plastic Pollution", University of Hawai'i, Honolulu
2010 "What Will Be", Curator's/Artist Talk, Universidad Technologico, Cancun, Mexico
2009 On Drawing, lecture and demonstration, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA.
Artist lecture, Academy of Art, Belgrade, Serbia.
On installation, Academy of Applied Arts, University of Arts; Art Workshop at U.S. Ambassador's Residence, Serbia.
On Trees and Other Things Fallen, University of California, Santa Cruz
2007 “on non-hierarchal exhibition practices”, U.C.Santa Cruz, California
  Artist Lecture, Cal State Long Beach University, California
  “Graphic Work”, Scripps College, Claremont Colleges, California
2006 Symposium on Czech and U.S. Art Education, Skolska Gallery, Prague
2005 "Creating Dialogue", Museum Kampa, Prague; CIEE University, Prague
2004 "Dialogue Praha/Los Angeles, 15 Years Later", Academy of Arts, Architecture and
Design, Prague (VSUP)
  "Creating Dialogue", Consulate of the Czech Republic, Los Angeles; Cal. State University, Northridge, California
2001 “Bearing Witness”, at “ready to...”International Symposium on Network/art/Society. NationalGallery,
Prague. Organized by the Internationales KunstlerGremium, Koln.
2000 "Gallery Talk", Montgomery Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont U, California
1999 "Artist Lecture", Cal State University Northridge, Northridge, California
1998 “Czech Art During the Transition”, University of California, Berkeley
  “Working Processes”, University of California, Riverside
  “Artist Lecture”, Center for the Arts/Art, Claremont University, California
1995 "Artist Lecture", Otis School of Art, Los Angeles; Graduate Seminar, Art Center of Design, Pasadena; Art Department, University of California at Riverside
  “Californian Art”, American Center for Culture, The Academy of Applied Arts/ Prague
1994 “Art from the American West Coast” North Bohemian Museum, Liberec, Czech Republic
  Artist Lecture UMPRUM, (Academy of Applied Arts), Prague
1993 Artist Lecture , 16 L.A. Sculptors, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA.
  “Transformational Powers of Graffiti Art” panel, Occidental College, Highland Park, CA.
1992 A Furious Melancholy: the Engravings of Albrecht Durer”, L. A. County Museum of Art
1991 Artist lecture, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA.
1990 Dialogue: Prague/Los Angeles”, University of Southern California; Barnsdall Art;  Park Theatre; Art Center; University of Santa Barbara, CA.;
  “Dialogue Symposium”, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA.
1989 Dialogue:Prague/Los Angeles” Symposium. Gong Gallery, Prague
1988 Artist Lecture , Mt. San Antonio College, CA.
  Artist Lecture, U.S. Embassy, Prague
  Artist Lecture, Idyllwild School for Music and the Arts, Idyllwild, CA.
1987 “Images of Women in the Work of Edvard Munch”, Institute of Antiquities and Christianity, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.
1984 Artist Lectures, Rotary Club International, Stockholm, Sweden

→ Public Art

2010–20 S. S. Palo Alto ArtPark,Seacliff State Beach, California
2013–14 FLOW: River to Sea, permanent public garden. MAP 2013, Trinity River Audubon Center, Dallas, Texas. November, 2013
2005 "Egg" (1995), permanent sculpture installation at Chapman College, Orange, California
2000 “Flower Power “ outdoor billboards on embankment of Prague’s Vltava River/"ArtWall"
1992–95 “Vitr se Zveda” (The Wind Rises), Dacice Castle, Czech Republic
1992 “The Tree of the Middle Place”, Boathouse mural, Echo Park, Los Angeles (S.P.A.R.C.)
1982 “Ahupua’a”, mural assistant, University of Hawaii Campus Center, Honolulu
Selected Bibliography

→ Selected Press

2015 Interview on ČRo3 Vltava (approx. 9:30)
  Zavadil, Matouš Karel. "Barbara Benish: Umělec jako aktivista / Artist as Activist", interview in Atelier magazine, no. 8, April. pg. 5
2013 Culture map, dallas. Make Art with Purpose: Barbara Benish Family Festival. front page, 11/29–12/1, 2013
  Art + seek, north Texas. MAP 2013/Flow-River to Sea, November 15, 2013
  Art + seek, north Texas. MAP: The Projects are Unveiled, June 25, 2013
2011 Venice ,, 14 June, 2011
  Cummins, Anna, August 9, 2011
  Pulse Picks: Coming up this weekend – Honolulu, Hawaii Calendar of Events – Hawaii Entertainment and Nightlife – Honolulu Puls, March 17, 2011
  Life in the Age of Plastic, 16 March, 2011. Coleman, Stuart.
  Mid-Pacific Institute, March 4, 2011.
  Open Lab: Affiliated Research Project
  Chavez, Elfego, "Ubiquity Exhibit Intrigues UHD Students, Staff". University of Houston Downtown. Vol. XLVII, Issue 6, October 31
2010 El Quintana Ro, Mexico, December (
"Czech Republic and the New Bohemia" Eco Salon (
2009 V Univerzitní galerii ode dneška vystavuje Barbara Benish, Region, středa 6. května 2009
"Spike Art Guide East" vol. 1. Edited by Antje Mayer & Rita Vitorelli. Interview with Mimi Fronczak Rogers.
Hello magazine, Belgrade, Serbia. April 28-May 4. p. 26
Mitroví, Dušan. Danas newspaper. Belgrade, Serbia. č April 15. p. 18
  Visiting Artist UC Santa Cruz Art Department
  POST gallery, Los Angeles. Miscellaneous: Out  of the Attic
2008 Rogers, Mimi. "A Dove by Any Other Name", Prague Post, July
2007 Frye, Barbara. "A Home in the Czech Mountains", New York Times, 21 March
  “ARTLIST, encyklopedii ceskych vytvarnych umelcu” (Encyclopedia of Czech Visual Artists),
Centrum pro Soucasne Umeni, Praha.
2006 Kiwilszo, Joanna. “Mlynarzowa”, nowa gazeta praska, Warsaw, Poland. page 5, may
  Ozuna, Tony . “Back to her Roots”, Prague Post. Sept. 20
  Prague Post. (photo). “Barbara Benish:Mari”. Aug 30-Sept.5. B18, Galleries
2005 Bulkacz, Vanessa. “Art looms large in a small town in sumava ”. Czech Business Weekly, 18.7.
  Chattopadhyay, Collette. SCULPTURE. April, (Vol. 24, #3) pgs. 69-70
  Ozuna, Tony. "West Goes East. Barbara Benish Completes the Circle" UMELEC/ARTIST. Pgs. 57-59. Volume 9. 1/2005
2004 "Jiste Stopy, Dialog: Los Angeles/Praha, 2004", ATELIéR magazine, Prague. 12.05
  "Certain Traces, New Dialogue Los Angeles/Prague" Interactive Media Division weblog, USC, Los Angeles.
  Barath, Deepa. "Art Makes its Mark in Area Gallery", Daily Pilot, Newport Beach, CA. front page. August 17
  Pachmanova, Martina. review: REFLEX magazine. 49/04
  Rogers, Mimi."Finding the Future in the Past, An international show reopens an historic dialogue", Prague Post. 26 August.
  "Up from the Underground", Prague Post, 8-14 December.
2003 Kosová, Petra. "Tri vystavy se delí o místo v galerii", Mlada Fronta Dnes, C.R., October 17
  Soudek, Jan. "Nevšední vystavy podněcují fantazii". Klatovsky Deník, C.R., November 11
2002 “Toit du Monde: 10 years”, by Sigusmund de Vajay, curator. Lars Mueller Birkhauser verlag. Switzerland. 368 pgs. color (F,D, English, Es)
  “Who’s Who in America” (since 1997), publ.Marquis, New Providence, New Jersey
2000 Ateliér magazine, Prague. “Melancholia” at Morovska Gallery, Brno.
  Cermakáková, Monika. "Zivot je tady lidstejsí...", Mlada Front Dnes, June
  Rogers, Mimi. "Growing Up in Public", Prague Post, July 19, B8
  "Flower Power: Barbara Benish’s Art in Blossom", Prague Post, 14 June, C20
  Ticha, Jana. "Barbara Benish: Hybrid Histories", Ateliér magazine, Prague, #8, pg.9
  "Public Space as a Private Thing", Umelec magazine, Prague, #3, Vol.4pg.20
  Roth, Charlene. "Barbara Benish at Montgomery Gallery", ArtWeek, California. May
1999 "Barbara Benish: Hybrid Histories". Art Scene. November
  Chattopadhyay, Collette. "Barbara Benish at Huntington Beach Art Center", Sculpture magazine, June. pg. 64
  "In the Sphere of Ana Mendieta", Sculpture magazine, June.
  Curtis, Cathy. "Looking Ahead for a Historical Perspective". Los Angeles Times, 2 January, F2
  "Velvet Underground..." Los Angeles Times, 20 February, F2. Huntington Beach Art Center, California
  Pachmanova, Martina. "The Politicization of the Private, or the Privatization of Politics? A view of recent Czech art by women". ArtMargins,
  Walsh, Daniella, "Abhorring a Vacuum, Adoring a Beach". Orange County Register, California. 14 March, pg. 26
1998 Cermáková, Monika. “V´ytvarnice se nehaly inspirovat tajemnou historií Faustova domu” Mlada Fronta Dnes. Kultura p.5. 10 June
  Zadrazil, Pavel. “Objekty ve Faustove dome vycházejí z dávn´ych legend”Lidovy Noviny, Kultura. p. 12. 19 June
  Two Masters' Differing Visions Of Apocalypse Works By Duerer And Redon Are On Display At Lasalle University. –, April 25.
  Cihaková, Vlasta. “Zaharada vecnosti”,Ateliér magazine/12. June12 p.4
  Horová, Andela. “Umelecké dílo ve verejném prostoru”, Ateliér 10, 1997, c. 24, s. 8
  Jarousová, Vera. “Jitro Kouzelniku?” Lidovy Noviny. April
  Micorovsky, Jiri. “Hadí Tanec”(“Snake Dance”) (photo), Ateliér, 6 Dec., Prague
  Pachmanová, Martina. “interview with B. Benish”(photos), Labyrint , November
  Rogers, Mimi, “Barbara Benish at Liben”,(photo)Prague Post, 13 Nov. ArtBeat
  Ticha, Jana. “Artist Profile”, Elle magazine, Dec.
1996 Adamec, J. “Dva americtí umelci vystavují...”, Mlada Fronta Dnes, Dec. 5
  Brown, Betty Ann. “L.A. Review: ‘Felicity’...”,Coagula 17, (New York) May. p.44
  Cutujar, Mario. Artscene. Los Angeles, May
1995 Cihaková, Vlasta. “Water Enough for One Root” catalogue essay, Mánes Gallery, Prague
  Pachmanova, Martina.The Imagination of Pain, ArtMargins, OnLine. 29 January, 2000
The Politicization of the Private, or the Privatization of Politics? A View of Recent Czech Art by Women
  Lindaurova, Lenka. “Dost Vody pro Jeden Koren”(Water Enough for One Root). Lidovy Noviny. 23/3
  Pachmanova, Martina/ Zadrazil, P. “O imaginaci bolesti’ (the Imagination of Pain). Ateliér magazine, Prague #23/16.11, p.4
  Ticha, Jana. Interview;” Dost vody pro jeden koren”. Interview. Ateliér magazine. 11/25.5 Prague 
  Zajícová, Gabriela. “Synagoga zase ozila” Blesk. Sept. 6, p.8
1994 Hlavácek, Josef. “Barbara Benish and Adéla Matasová”, Ateliér magazine, Prague, #11, June 6. front page
  Kapitanoff, Nancy. “Points of View”. The Los Angeles Times. Sept. 30 p.5 (Art Section)
  Korpaczewski, Igor. “What’s door?” Ateliér magazine, Prague
  Krízová, Jana. “next door...” Pro magazine. Prague. 3/17 (foto)
  Lindaurová, Lenka. “Foreigners tvorici in Prague” Lidové Noviny, Prague3/2, Kultura p.9
  Sunday Flores, Lisa. “Tearing Down Art’s ‘Thin Wall’”, Prague Post, 2-8 March
  Svamberk, Alex. “Umení z sedé zóny cizincu”, Mlada Fronta, 3 March (foto)
1993 Dunitz, Robin J. “Street Gallery: guide to 1000 L.A. Murals”, RJ.D. Enterprises, Los Angeles, c.1993
  Snow, Shauna.”Parks Dept. Seeks Funds for Murals” Los Angeles Times, Calendar, 6 Jan.
  Wilson, William. “Lesser Known Talents Find Themselves in ‘Objects’, Los Angeles Times, F30, 12 November.
  Allman, Kevin. “A Valentine for LACMA Council” L.A.Times, 17 February.
1992 Barrie, Lita. “Falling in Place: Liz Young and Barbara Benish at Otis/Parsons Gallery”,Artweek, 12 March
  Barrie, Lita. “On the Scene:Los Angeles” Artscene Magazine, May/June
  Cihakova-Noshiro, Vlasta. “Snazim se Pracovat s Krasou – Barbara Benish”, Atelier (Prague), 5 June
  Curtis, Cathy. “Other Side of Gulf War Spotlighted” L.A.Times, Calendar, Orange County edition. 4 May
  Dubin, Zan. “‘World News‘Tells Other Story” L.A.Times, Calendar, Orange County edition. 24 April
  Frank, Peter. “Pick of the Week: Liz Young and Barbara Benish”, L.A.Weekly, 6-12 March, Vol.14,No.14
  Hough, Jessica. “Artists Bring Hell to Occidental”, The Occidental, Pasadena
  Kosenko, Peter. “Mortification as Installation”, Visions Quarterly, Fall. p 39
  Klienmann, Thomas. “Melancholie in Holz”, Nurnberger Zeiting, Nurnberg, 25 April
  “Nurnberg” Durer’s Stiche im Materialmix”, Alendzeitiung, Nurnberg, 29 April
  “Variationen uber Durer”, Nurnberger Nachrichten, 23 April
  Kosenko, Peter. “Mortifiction as Installation:Liz Young and Barbara Benish” Visions Art Quarterly Fall edition, L. A.
  Lidova Noviny, “Prasna Brana”, 12 April
  Sinnock, Bonnie. “Cultures Meet at the Wall” L.A..Independent, Vol.59, Jan.
  Snow, Shauna. “Quirk Ethic in “Out-of-the-Blue”, L.A.Times, Calendar. 6 December.
1991 Lilligren, Ingrid. “Abeles, Lawrence, and Benish. Actively Artists” So.California
  Women’s Caucus for he Arts , Spring
  Nilson, Lisbet. “New Eyes on News of the World” L.A. Times, 17 February
  Skibell, Mark. “Art Goes to War” The Argonaut, (Venice, CA.) 26 February
  Webster, Dan. “Freedom of Expression” The Spokesman Review and Spokane Chronicle. 8 February 1990
1990 Agalides, Sandra. “Esthetic Refinements”, Artweek, 2 August
  Frank, Peter. “Pick of the Week”, L.A. Weekly, 20-26 July
  Gabalova, Zdenka. “Dialog Praha/Los Angeles:podracovani” Atelier magazine (Prague), 14/4
  Schipper, Merle. “Dialogue:Prague/L.A.” Visions, (L.A.) winter
  Snow, Shauna. “Czech Art in L.A....Free at Last” L.A. Times, 6 May
1989 Adamec, Jaromir. “Jeden Jediny svet” Atelier magazine (Prague) 19 September
  Andreoli-Woods, Lynn. “L.A. Artist Who Put on Prague Show”The READER, (L.A.) 22 Dec.
  Curtis, Cathy. “The Galleries”, L.A.Times, 17 March
  Levin, Kim. “Blank Czech”, The Vllage Voice (New York), 19 September
  Mateju, Pavla. “Proc Ustrnuly?” mf (Prague), 20, volume 89
  Muchnic, Suzanne. “Otis/Parsons to Hosst Show of Contemporary Art, L.A.Times, 14/12
  Rude Pravo (Prague), “Dialog:Praha/Los Angeles”, 7 August
  Sax, Petr. “Posoruhocne Dialogy” mf (Prague), 4 August
  Trestik, Michael. “Dialog (Praha-Los Angeles) a monolog (divaka) tvorba (Prague) #34, 7
  Vilhelm, Petr. “uzitecna vytvarna konfrontace” Rude Pravo. 22 August
1985 Rourke, Mary. Los Angeles Times. (View), 6 December
  Johnson, Carole and Kenna Love. “The L.A. Art Scene”, Nissan Magazine, June
1984 Johansson, Stig. “Mannison in pa Livet”. Svenska Dagbladet, (Stockholm) 5 May 
  Olsson, Ewe. “Sokare med uttrycksaptit”, Ostgota Correspondenten, Sweden, 30/5
  Tukahama, Valerie. Long Beach Press Telegram, CA. July
  Sajbel, Maureen O. Women’s Wear Daily, (Los Angeles), 16 July

→ Radio and Television

2017 Český Rozhlas/Czech Radio, interview on "Mni Wiconi" exhibition, Prague, July 3, 2017
2015 Interview on ČRo3 Vltava (approx. 9:30)
2010 Mexican television interview, Cancun, December 3
2009 Česky rozhlas (radio), interview on "Sky Diaries", exhibition at University Gallery, Plzen, CZ. April.
Česky rozhlas (radio), interview on Galerie Califia exhibitions: "Hand-Werk", "From East to West..", March, July.
2007 Český rozhlas (radio) interview on Plzen Nadrazi exhibition
2006 Radio Vltava, interview on "Bread and a Millstone" exhibit in Prague
  Channel 2, Czech TV, jizny czech. "mari" exhibition at Jindrichuv Hradec
2004 Český rozhlas, radio interview with Jana Klusaková. 12 December
  Czech Television, CT2, on "Jisté Stopy-Certain Traces" exhibition. By Tobiás Jirous. 13.-15. December
  KUSC radio, Los Angeles. 20-24 September.
2003 Cesky Roshlas , interview on “The Bride in the Enclosed Garden”, Plzen, C.R. (Nov.)
2000 Czech Radio, "Flower Power" interview on Vltava riverboat, June
1997 Czech Radio,1 “Hádi Tanec”/Snake Dance, interview at Liben Synagoge/Praha
1996 Czech Television, “American Artists in Prague”, channel 2, November
1995 Czech Television “Kulturny Dneska”, "Imagination of Pain" exhibition & Festival of the Old Testament
1994 BBC, Site-ations exhibition, Program for the Arts, Cardiff, Wales. October
  Swiss Television, Ventilation exhibition, Toit-du-Monde Gallery, Vevey, Switzerland. Monday, Aug. 1
  Radio PRAGUE, "Apocalypsa Exhibition: Barbara Benish & Adela Matasova" Galerie Klenova, 2 May
  Czech Television News, “Galerie Mladych: Next Door Exhibition” interviews with the artists, 1 and 3 March
1992 National Public Radio “Morning Edition”, Interviews with 3 American artists
1991 Century Cable Television “Westside Report” by Leslie Conner. Interview with Kim Abeles and B. Benish on the World News exhibition. 6,7, & 8 March
1990 Radio interview recorded in Prague on Dialogue: Prague/Los Angeles
  Cal Net News, L.A, “Appreciating Art”, Interview on Dialogue:Monoprints exhibition
  Financial NewsNetwork, CNN. December
  Interview , National Public Radio
1989 Radio PRAGUE, Interview on Dialogue: Prague/L.A., August.
  KCRW, Los Angeles Public Radio: Interview by Larry Stein. November.

→ Professional Activities

2010–present Arts and Outreach, Safe Planet Campaign, United Nations
2009 Visiting Artist, University of California at Santa Cruz, California.
2006–current Established Galerie Califia, Horaždovice, Czech Republic
2005–present Founding Director, ArtMill: Center for Sustainable Creativity, http:/
2004–2007 Board of Directors, Fulbright, Prague
2003–04 Organizer: “Certain Traces, Dialogue:Los Angeles/Prague, 2004". co-curated with Sarah Brock (Prague) and advisory curator Rebecca McGrew. (Pomona College Museum of Art, CA.)
2002 Volunteer art teacher at local kindergarten & grade school, Nalzovsky Hory, CZ.
1998–99 Experimental Graphics Ateliér, (w/Margita Titlova) Academy of Art, Brno, CZ
1996 Visiting Artist, Academy of Applied Arts, (UMPRUM) Prague. Atelier: Gebauer
1993 Curator: Address and Undress, Lauren Lesko and Leland Means., Pasadena City College Art Gallery (catalogue essays by Lita Barry & B. Benish)
  Organizor: The Echo Park Project – outreach and exchange with graffiti artists and museums in L.A. (catalogue essay/interview with W. Gomez, graffiti artist)
1992 Co-curator w/ M.Artino/ J. O’Brien: Out-of-the-Blue, 9 Installation Artists ,Vignes Bldg, L.A.
1991–92 Co-curator with K. Abeles/ D. Lawrence:World News, Artists Respond to the Persian Gulf War, Beyond Baroque, Venice; Onyx Cafe, L. A., Muckenthaler Gallery, Fullerton, CA. (catalogue by Kim Abeles)
1990 Visiting Artist, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.
1989–90 Co-curator with Zdenka Gabalova: Dialogue:Prague/Los Angeles. International Exchange: two symposiums; six separate exhibit spaces in L.A. and Prague (two catalogues-essays by B. Benish, Stephen Eisenman, Peter Frank, Z. Gabalová, Kim Levin)
1989–91 Life Drawing Instructor, Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA.
  Drawing Instructor, Valley College, Van Nuys, CA.
1988 Teaching Assistant, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.
1987 Teaching Assistant, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA.

→ Publications

2016 "Form, Art and the Environment: Engaging in Sustainability" co-authored w/ Nathalie Blanc. series: Investigating Cultural Sustainability, Routledge Press
"ArtMill as Case Study in Rural Arts Education", The Journal of Rural Studies. Ed. Michael Woods
2015 Creating Civic Engagement in Urban Public Art. Ed, J.DeShazo and Z. Smith. Chapter Eight: "A Community of Narrators and Translators" by Dee Hibbert-Jones, University of California Santa Cruz, with Barbara Benish & Janeil Engelstad. Rowman & Littefield Publishers, Lanham, Maryland, USA
2011 "UN Safe Planet Campaign" and the Arts. Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, of the United Nations Environmental Program, Public Awareness and Outreach Report: Success Stories of the Year.
2008 "Galerie Califia" review of "Color Fields" exhibition. Atelier magazine, Prague. April
2004 "Making Population Geography", by Adrian Bailey. Cover art. Published by Hodder
Arnold, England.
2003 “mari”, 12 page artist book. hand silk-screened/painted images. edition of 50
2002 “Slurring at bottom: a printer’s book of errors”, hand made group-artist book by Robin Price, Printer & Publisher. Connecticut. edition of 50
1999 "Machinations" catalogue essay for Leland Means, artist works: (1996-97), Pasadena City College gallery. Los Angeles, California
1997 "Strange Attractors" CD cover/design. Patricia Goodson, comtemporary American piano music, Prague, CZ.
1996 "Svelik", "Dunaj" "Pustit Musis" (w/Iva Bittova), CD cover/design. Rachot records, Prague. "Czech Art during the Transition (1985-1995). Central European University. 300 pages. (unpublished)
1995 “The Book of Revelations”, Limited edition (50) of hand made books: 12 linoleum block prints w/text. Robin Price, Printer & Publisher, Los Angeles
1994 "The Book of Revelations", Limited edition (50) of hand made books: 12 linoleum block prints w/text. Robin Price,Printer & Publisher, Los Angeles, California
1994 "Telex Reports: Prague". review .Vernacular magazine, Winter The Prague Post,: Art reviews, “Petr Nikl” review, 15 May; "Momento:Berlin Art in Prague", June 1;"Galerie Behemot", 15 June; "E Band", 22 June.

→ Illustrations, Reviews, Essays, Interviews etc.

2008 Galerie Califia review of Color Fields exhibition. Atelier magazine, Prague. April.
2004 Making Population Geography, by Adrian Bailey. Cover. Published by Hodder Arnold, England.
2003 Back to Go, by Frances Balcomb. Book Cover Illustration.
1999 Machinations catalogue essay for Leland Means, artist works: 1996-97.
1997 Strange Attractors CD cover/design. Patricia Goodson, comtemporary american piano music.
1996 Svelik, Dunaj, CD cover/design. Rachot records, Prague.
1995 Co-Editor / Contributor with Mindy Williams for Milena Slavická, Editor. Vytvarni Umeni Magazine, Prague, Winter edition, “Contemporary American Art”.
  Vytvarni Umeni Magazine, Prague, Winter edition, Benish interview with Donald Kuspit.
1994 Telex Reports: Prague. review. Vernacular magazine, Winter
  Art reviews, The Prague Post,: “Petr Nikl” review, 15 May; “Momento:Berlin Art in Prague”, June 1, “Galerie Behemot”, 15 June; “E Band”, 22 June.
1979–89 BABA Designs, hand-painted and silkscreen clothing design company. Honolulu/L.A.

→ Curatorial Experiences

2010–14 United Nations Safe Planet Campaign Exhibitions & Events: What Will Be, Universidad Technologica, for the UNCOP16 Climate Change Conference at Cancun (QuintanaRoo), Mexico; The Architecture of Plastic, Architecture Gallery, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai'i for the 5thInternational Marine Debris Conference; Full Fathom Five, Metz Gallery, for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, New York; The Ocean in Us, Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, Canada
2007–2014 Galerie Califia: curated 35 exhibitions with international and local artists
2003–04 Organizer: “Certain Traces, Dialogue: Los Angeles/Prague, 2004". co-curated with Sarah Brock (Prague) and advisory curator Rebecca McGrew, with Anne Ayers. Pomona College Museum of Art, CA. Barnsdall Munincipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles; POST gallery, Los Angeles; Crossroads Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.; S.C.A.P.E.. Corona del Mar, CA.; Muzeum Kampa, Prague; Kotlarna, Prague. (catalogue)
1993 Curator: "Address and Undress", Lauren Lesko and Leland Means., Pasadena City College Art Gallery (catalogue)
1992 Co-curator w/ M.Artino/ J. O’Brien: Out-of-the-Blue, 9 Installation Artists,Vignes Bldg, L.A.
1991–2 Co-curator with K. Abeles/ D. Lawrence:World News, Artists Respond to the Persian Gulf War, Beyond Baroque, Venice; Onyx Cafe, L. A., Muckenthaler Gallery, Fullerton, CA. (catalogue by Kim Abeles)
1989–90 Co-curator with Zdenka Gabalová: Dialogue:Prague/Los Angeles. International Exchange+ two symposiums; in L.A. and Prague: Otis/Parsons Gallery, L.A.; Santa Monica Museum of Art; Highland Park; Lidový Dům, Praha; Galerie Mladých, Praha, (two catalogues- essays by B. Benish, Stephen Eisenman, Peter Frank, Z. Gabalová, Kim Levin)

→ Collections

  • Stadtgeschichtliche Museen/DurerHaus, Nurnberg, Germany
  • Pomona College Museum of Art at Claremont University, California
  • Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (SCCA)
  • And private collections in the U.S. and Europe
  • “The Book of Revelations”with Printer /Publisher, Robin Price (selected collections:)
  • Athenium Library, La Jolla, California
  • The Getty Center, Los Angeles
  • Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
  • New York Public Library Book Collection
  • Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University
  • San Francisco Public Library
  • Smith College Library
  • South Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • Sweet Briar College, Alabama
  • Yale University Book Collection
  • Honnold Library, Claremont, California
  • Boston Public Library
  • Stadtgeschichtliche Museen/DurerHaus, Nurnberg, Germany


Barbara Benish was born in Newport Beach, California, U.S.A., 1958.
Studies: Claremont Graduate University, California, Master of Fine Arts, 1988. Kunstakademien, Stockholm, Sweden, 1983-4. (scholarship). University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Art, Art/Ethnology Major, 1982. Instituto de las Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 1979.
Memberships: Fulbright Association; Board of Directors, Fulbright, Prague (2004-7); University of Hawaii Alumni; International Women’s Association of Prague; Founding Director-ART DIALOGUE (est. 2003) cultural exchange organization, which supports ArtMill, Center for Sustainable Creativity and Galerie Califia.


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