SCOTT BENEFIELD

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Scott Benefield is an artist, educator, and writer who received his MFA from Ohio State University in 1990. He is a past president of the Glass Art Society (US) and currently serves on its Advisory Committee.

He has been a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America and an artist-in-residence at the National College of Art & Design (Ireland), North Lands Creative Glass (UK), Vrij Glas (Netherlands), Pittsburgh Glass Center, the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass (US).

He has taught workshops in Italian cane techniques at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the National College of Art and Design (Ireland), the Glass Furnace (Turkey) and was a visiting scholar at Osaka University of the Arts in 2009. His writing about studio glass has been published in numerous publications, including Glass Quarterly and the Glass Art Society Journal.

In 2011 he was given the Lifetime Membership Award from the Glass Art Society and in 2013 he was a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), recipient. In 2015 he was the recipient of the second Rosemary James Memorial Award by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

“I’ve always seen my work as an extension of a historical narrative that is about the material. It exists in relation to the long history of glass objects and embraces the techniques and traditions that enliven that history. The feeling of connection to past practice and to the heritage of glass motivates me as I seek to add to that ongoing conversation.”

~ Scott Benefield

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Born: Osaka, Japan

SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

“British Glass Biennale,” (invited artist), International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, England.

“Made 2017,” (invited artist), Craft & Design Collective, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2016
“Design Ireland at Heal’s”, Heal & Sons, London, England.

“Bravura,” Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland.

“135th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.

“Into the Blue,” Verling Fine Art, Blackrock, Ireland.

2015

“British Glass Biennale,” International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, England.

“Make/Create”, Crypt Gallery, London, England.

“Innovation Boost,’ North Down Museum, Bangor, Northern Ireland.

“Glass @ Solomon,” Solomon Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland.

“Irish Year of Design,” Brown Thomas, Dublin, Ireland.

“Summer Show,” Greenacres Gallery, Selskar, Ireland.

“The Work of the Glassmaker,” Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ballinskelligs, Ireland.

“Essence,” London Glassblowing Studio, London, England.

“Summer Show,” Vessel Gallery, London, England.

“Autumn Craft Collection 2015, “ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, England.

“Drawing,” National Glass Centre,  Sunderland, England.

“SOLAS,” National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin; Hunt Museum, Limerick; Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford.

“O’,” Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Tent London, London: National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.

“East-West Art Award Competition 2015,”  London.

“134th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.

2014

“CultureCraft,” National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.

“Spectrum,” The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

“Vetro,” London Glassblowing Studio, London, England.

“Vrij Glas: Retrospective,” Galerie Sous Terre, Aalsmeer, Netherlands.

“A Glass Act,” Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, UK.

“Legacy,” Shanghai University Museum, Shanghai, China.

Contemporary Glass Society showcase, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England.

“Glass! From the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts,” Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ

“Weathering,” Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Tent London, London; Ullens Center for Contemporary  Art, Beijing, China.

“133rd Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.

“Irish Craft Portfolio,” Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

“Vessels,” Making Space, Havant, Hampshire, England.

“Winter Exhibition,” Verling Fine Art, Dundalk, Ireland.

2013

“Lattimo: Compositions,” (one-person show), Custom House Studios, Westport, Ireland.

“Hot Glass!” Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK.

“New Glass: Ancient Skill, Contemporary Art Form,” Blackwell House, Bowness-on-Windemere, UK.

“Perspective,” Craft Central, Clerkenwell Green, London, UK.

“Gather,” Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China.

“132nd Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.

“Best of the Best,” Art in Action, Waterperry, UK.

“Bund 18,” Shanghai Art Fair. Shanghai, China.

“Three x 3,” Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.

“CultureCraft,” London Street Gallery, Derry, UK; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland.

2012

“Engaging with Glass,” William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA.

“50 Year of American Studio Glass,” Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY.

“131st Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.

“Irish Craft Portfolio,” Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.

“National Crafts Competition,” Royal Dublin Society

“Three x 3,” Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, UK; Ards Art Centre, Newtownards, UK.

“Patterns,” Kilgraney Studio Gallery, Baganalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland.

“British Craft Trade Fair” Harrogate, UK.

2011

“4th International Glass Festival,” Luxembourg City, Luxembourg.

“Three x 3,” Flowerfield Art Centre, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

“10 x 10,” Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

“Living with Glass,” Vessel Gallery, London, UK.

“Origin,” Old Spitalfields Market, London, UK.

“Contemporary Glass,” Belfry Art Centre, Overstrand, UK.

“Engaging with Glass,” Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Ireland.

“Craft in Northern Ireland,” Braid Museum, Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

“Magic Lantern,” Rye Art Gallery, Rye, UK.

2010

“Three x 3,” Signal Art Gallery, Bray, Ireland

“Three x 3,” Craft Northern Ireland Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

“Contemporary Glass,” Belfry Art Centre, Overstrand, UK.

2009

“OSU Alumni Show,” Faculty Club, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

2008

“Window On to Studio Glass”, Flowerfield Art Centre, Portstewart, Northern Ireland.

“Glass Connections: An Extended Community,” Flame Run Gallery, Louisville, KY.

2007

“Bespoke”, (one-person show), Vetri, Seattle, WA.

“Murrine Mystique”, Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO.

Faculty Show, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

2006

“North American Glass 2006,” Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT. Juror: James Mongrain.

“The Fires Burn On,” Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

“Reflections: A Decade of North Lands Creative Glass,” Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2005

“Annual Pilchuck Glass Exhibition,” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.

2004

“Get Rhythm,” Royal Cameo Glass, New Orleans, LA.

2003

“Crafts National 2003”, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA. Juror: Holly Hotchner.

“20/20 Vision,” Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. Curator: Suzanne Frantz.

“2001-2002 Fellows,” Gallery of American Craft at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ.

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2014

Centerpiece Design, Pilchuck Annual Fundraising Gala, Seattle, WA.

2013

“NITB Crystal Award,” (award design), Ulster in Bloom, Northern Ireland.

2012

“Shelter Within,” (architectural glass), Skainos Project, East Belfast Mission, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2011

Selfridges Ornament competition, winner

2009

“On the Wing,” (atrium sculpture), Cancer Centre of Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

AWARDS, GRANTS, RESIDENCIES

2016

Craftsmanship Award, Showcase Ireland, Design & Crafts Council of Ireland.

2015

Rosy James Memorial Award, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Fellowship, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, NJ.

GAPP Artist in residence, Toledo Museum of Glass, Toledo, OH.

Best in Category: Home, The Edit, Showcase Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

2014

Artist in residence, Shanghai Wangkai Glass Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China.

Innovation Boost Award recipient, Craft Northern Ireland

2013

Artist in residence, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust award.

SIAP Travel grant, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

2012

Robinson McIllwaine Architects Original Vision Prize, Royal Ulster Academy 131st Annual Exhibition.

Artist in residence, National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland.

2011

Lifetime Membership Award, Glass Art Society.

SIAP Travel grant, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Support for the Individual Artist Project Grant, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Artist in residence, Belfry Art Centre, Norfolk, England

2010

Artist in residence, Belfry Art Centre, Norfolk, England.

2009

Visiting Artist, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.

2008

Artist-in-Residence, Vrij Glas, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Artist-in-Residence, Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey.

2007

Research Residency, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

2006

Artist-in-Residence, Vrij Glas, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2005

Artist-in-Residence, Curfew Tower Hearth Trust, Cushendall, Northern Ireland.

2004

Artist-in-Residence, North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland

2002
Fellowship, Creative Glass Center of America, Millville, NJ.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2016

Instructor, Glass Hub, Wiltshire, UK

Pratt Fine Arts, Seattle, WA.

UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY.

2015

Exhibitor, “Showcase, Creative Island,” Dublin, Ireland.

Exhibitor, “CRAFT,” London, England.

Exhibitor, “Maison e Objet,” Paris, France.

Instructor, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.

Instructor, Goggleworks, Reading, PA.

Instructor, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo. OH.

Demonstrating Artist, Corning Museum of Glass/Celebrity Cruise Lines.

Demonstrating Artist/Instructor, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England.

2014

Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

Instructor, Terminal City Glass, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Instructor, The Glass Hub, Wiltshire, England.

Exhibitor, “Showcase, Creative Island,” Dublin, Ireland.

Exhibitor, “British Craft Trade Fair,” Harrogate, England.

Exhibitor, “Autumn Home & Gift Fair,” Dublin, Ireland.

Demonstrating artist, London Glassblowing, London, England.

Visiting artist, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

2013

Visiting Artist, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Instructor, Aya Glass Studio, Kanagawa, Japan.

Instructor, Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA.

Instructor, The Glass Hub, Wiltshire, England.

Demonstrating Artist and Lecturer,  Kawasaski-City, Kanagawa, Japan.

Demonstrating Artist and Lecturer, Art in Action, Waterperry, England.

Exhibitor, “British Craft Trade Fair”, Harrogate, UK.

Demonstrating Artist, Craft Fest 2013, Castle Ward, Strangford, Northern Ireland.

Demonstrating Artist, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.

2012

Lecture/Demonstrator, “Slow Blowing”, Glass Art Society annual conference, Toledo, OH.

Demonstrating Artist, Art in Action, Waterperry, England.

Demonstrating Artist, Red House Cone Glass Studio, Stourbridge, England.

Demonstrating Artist, Flowerfield Art Centre, Portstewart, Northern Ireland.

Visiting Artist, Gerritt Reitveld Academie, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Selected participant, Glass Heap Challenge, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, England.

Selected participant, The Dark Side, souvenir project, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

2011

Instructor,  “Metacane”, Pilchuck Glass School.

Lecturer,  “Lifetime Membership Award,” Glass Art Society annual conference, Seattle, WA.

Visiting Artist, Belfry Art Centre, Norfolk, England.

Visiting Artist, California College of Arts, Oakland, CA.

Exhibitor, “Origin”, London, UK.

2010

Instructor, Spring Concentration, Penland School, Penland, NC.

Instructor, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, England.

Visiting Artist, Belfry Art Centre, Norfolk, England.

Visiting Artist, University of Miami, Miami, FL.

2009

Instructor, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Visiting Scholar, Osaka University of Art, Osaka, Japan.

Visiting Artist, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.

2008

Lecturer, “Creativity for the Unoriginal,” Glass Art Society annual conference, Portland, OR.

Instructor, The Glass Furnace, Istanbul, Turkey.

Lecturer,  Northern Ireland Glass Symposium, Flowerfield Art Centre, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

2007

Instructor, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts. Deer Isle, ME.

InAdvisory Committee, Glass Art Society.

2006

Instructor, Penland School, Penland, NC.

Visting Artist, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

Visiting Artist, Cal State San Bernadino, San Bernadino, CA.

Visiting Artist, San Bernadino Valley College, San Bernadino, CA.

2005

Instructor, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

Visiting Artist, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.

Visiting Artist, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

2004

Lecturer, “A Survey of Contemporary North American Blown Glass Production,” Glass Art Society annual conference, New Orleans, LA.

Lecturer, National Museum of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.

Hot Shop Coordinator, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA.

2003

Instructor, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN.

Panelist, “Professional Practices,” Glass Art Society annual conference, Seattle, WA.

2002

Visiting Artist, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Smithville, TN.

Demonstrating Artist, ‘The Art of Fine Craft,” University Place Art Center, Lincoln, NE.

2001

President, Glass Art Society.

2000

President, Glass Art Society

Studio Assistant, Waterford Crystal, Waterford, Ireland.

COLLECTIONS

Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.

North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, Scotland.

Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.

Sir Elton John Collection, London, England.

PUBLICATIONS

2015
“Emanations”, WheatonArts and Cultural Center, Millville, NG. Catalogue essay on the work of Mark Zirpel (author). 2013
Glass Art Society Journal, “Slow Blowing” (author).
New Glass Review 34, Corning Museum of Glass.

2012

Elle Decoration, “Name to Know: BTU Glass,” February 2012.

“A Short History of the Studio Glass Movement,” 40 Years of the London Glassblowing Studio,  Peter Layton, ed. (author)

Hands On: The Art of Crafting in Ireland, Sylvia Thompson, Liberties Press.

Irelands Homes, Interiors and Living, “Designer Profile: Scott Benefield,” September 2012, p. 38.

Glass, “Bertil Vallien: An Exceptional Life,” Fall, 2012 (author).

2011

Contemporary Glass Society, “Vrij Glas= Free Glass,” January 2011 (author).

GAS News, “Scott Benefield: Lifetime Membership Award,” February-March, 2011.’

New Glass Review 32, Corning Museum of Glass.

Glass, “A Journey of Beginnings,” Winter, 2011 (author).

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