A nationally acclaimed artist, Benitez has received numerous honors over the years, including two Pollock-Krasner awards, two NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) awards, an AICA (Association of International Critics of Art) award and an Empire State’s Craft award.
Benitez doesn’t work from photographs as many artists do, relying instead on her memory. She describes her work as emotional, explaining that she “absorbs the colors, the rolling clouds, the big sky, the low horizon of South Texas” and brings that emotional memory to the canvas.
The artist’s paintings and sculptural work have been shown in museums, sculpture parks and galleries throughout the United States, including the Whitney Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the American Craft Museum, among others, and reviewed in national publications including Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and The New York Times.
The Beeville Art Museum, 401 E. Fannin St., is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. To contact the museum, call 361-358-8615 or visit the website at www.bamtexas.org.