FourSight™ Certification (2007)
2nd Place, Encaustic, Collage & Mixed Media, for Airstream: Remington Noiseless, Arrowhead Art Gallery & Studios, Old Fort, NC, Spring 2017
Resident Artist, 310 ART, Asheville, NC, February 2017 to Present
Wildacres Artists' Residency, Wildacres Retreat Center, Little Switzerland, NC, Fall 2015
Jurist Merit Award, for Verdant, Enid Joy Mount Gallery, Keizer, OR, Summer 2011
Engaging the Inner Critic . . . Creatively, by Bridget Benton, Rapid River's Arts & Culture Magazine, April 2017
Guest Speaker on Solo Pro Radio with Jackie B. Peterson, June 27, 2012
Guest Blogger, Inspiration, on CreativeEveryday.com, September 17, 2009
Guest Craft Expert on AM Northwest, KATU Channel 2, Northwest Region, September 2007, March 2008, and May 2008.
Encaustic Comprehensive at 310 ART, Asheville, NC, June 2017
Watercolor Monotypes and Natural Impressions: Encaustic for Nature Printers at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Wildacres, NC, Fall 2016
Printing with Light on Fabric and Natural Impressions: Encaustic for Nature Printers at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Port Townsend, WA, Fall 2015
Wax PastaGraph and FlexiPlexi Journal at Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ, August 2015
Creative Adversaries and Allies at In Bocca Al Lupo Gallery, Portand, OR, July 2015
Creative Adversaries and Allies at CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute), Buffalo, NY, June 2015
Encaustic Luminaria at Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR, April 2015
Wax PastaGraph at Newport Paper Arts Festival, Newport, OR, April 2015
Adult art workshops, including Chakra Collage, Artmaking as Playful Prayer, Intuitive Art Afternoons and One-on-One Encaustic Painting Basics at my home studio, Hearth, Portland, OR, Fall 2009 – Spring 2015.
Going Deeper: Building Layers in Encaustic, Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR, June 2014
Make Your Mark! at K. Marie, Milwaukie, OR, February, 2014
Adult art workhops including Memory Jewelry, Junk Drawer Jewels, Images on Fabric, Artmaking as Playful Prayer and more, Collage, Portland, OR, 2004 – 2014.
Encaustic Painting for Nature Printers at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Charleston, OR, Fall, 2013
Plastic Quilt Project classroom series with Trillium Charter High School Earth Science students, educating about plastic waste and culminating in an art project and exhibit, through non-profit Create Plenty, funded in part by a RACC grant, Portland, OR, February-May, 2012
Artmaking: An Intuitive Conversation lecture at the International Encaustic Artists Annual Retreat, Portland, OR, September, 2011
Encaustic Painting for Nature Printers workshop at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Fort Collins, CO, August, 2011
Encaustic Painting for Nature Printers at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Charleston, OR, September, 2010
Spiral Notebook Necklace and A Layering on of Hands at Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ, August, 2010
Introduction to Encaustic Painting and Creatives in Business: Leveraging Strengths, Managing Weaknesses at the Summit of Awesome, Portland, OR, June, 2010
Cigar Box Shrines for Quest Center's Healing Empowerment Project, supporting participants dealing with breast cancer, Portland, OR, Spring, 2010
Spiral Notebook Necklace at Scarlet Star Studios, Portland, OR, Fall 2009.
Creative Anatomy for Business at the BizArt Conference, Everett, Washington, February 2009.
Lecture and workshop Creative Entrepreneurship: Conception to Actualization, Side Project to Startup Conference, CubeSpace, Portland, OR, Fall, 2008.
Adult art classes including Memory Jewelry and Basic Beading at Portland Community College, Continuing Education Department, Portland, OR, 2004 – 2007.
Delivered lecture and workshop Artmaking as Playful Prayer: Towards a Value-Based CPS Model at the Expert to Expert Creative Studies Conference, SUNY Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY, Summer, 2007.
When Thinking is Critical workshop with Janice Francisco, at the Annual North American Conference of the International Association of Facilitators, Portland, OR, Spring 2007.
Delivered Guest Lecture, Mandalas: The Nature of Creativity in a culture class for Korean art exchange students, Portland State University (PSU), Summer 2005 and Summer 2006.
Delivered lecture and workshop Creativity, Spirituality, and the Power of the Divine Feminine at the PSU Conference on Feminism, Spring 2005.
Where the Heart Is, solo show at In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, Portland, OR, July 2015
Featured Artist, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, April 2015
Anything Goes, Arrowhead Art Gallery and Studios, Old Fort, NC, Summer, 2017
Nature Impressed, Chessman Gallery at the Lincoln County Cultural Center, Lincoln City, OR, October 2015
HIVE, Art on Broadway, Beaverton, OR, October 2015
Love Art, People's Gallery, Portland, OR, February 2015
We Don't Walk Alone, In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, Oregon City, OR, February 2015
The Big 500, People's Gallery, Portland, OR, December 2014
Pollen, In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, OR, June 2014
Dia de los Muertos Altar Show at Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, OR, October, 2011
Encaustic Masters: Inspirational Voices at Columbia River Gallery, Troutdale, OR, September-October, 2011
Who Do You Know? at Gallery 114, Portland, OR, September, 2011
Fiber Show at Re:Vision Gallery, Portland, OR, July, 2011
Echoes of Green at Enid Joy Mount Gallery, Keizer, OR, September 2010 Jurist Merit Award.
Luminous Layers, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego, OR, June, 2010
Little Things, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, December, 2008
Dia De Los Muertos, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, November, 2008
Dia De Los Muertos, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR, October-November, 2008
Fourth Annual National Fiber Arts Festival, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA, August 2008
Gender, The 100th Monkey Studio, Portland, OR, June 2008
Celebration of Souls at the Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA, November, 2007
Dia de los Muertos at the Linn-Benton Community College Gallery, Albany, OR, November, 2007
Transitions, The 100th Monkey Studio, Portland, OR, October, 2007
Trophies, Working Artists Studio & Gallery, Portland, OR, August, 2006
310 ART, Resident Artist and Instructor focused on Encaustic, Nature Printing, and Mixed Media. Asheville, NC, February 2017 to Present.
Eyes Aflame, Owner. May 2002 - Present. Located in Asheville, NC, October 2015-Present; Portland, OR, May 2002 - September 2015. Specializing in Adult Art Workshops, Creativity Training & Consulting, Teambuilding, and Group Facilitation.
Clients include: Nike, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, The Johnson Center for Pelvic Health, The Motion Massage Studio.
Collage, Workshop Facilitator. Portland, OR, 2004 - 2009, 2014. Focused on arts, crafts and creativity instruction (formerly, The Workshop at Collage and DIY Lounge).
Portland Community College, Small Business Development Center, Business Advisor and Instructor. Portland, OR, January 2009 - August 2012. Advising creative professionals and integrating creativity and problem-solving training into entrepreneurial development curriculum.
Courses taught include Intro to Market Research, Leadership, Branding, Crucial Conversations, and Creative Problem Solving in the Small Business Management I and Entrepreneur Development Series.
Portland Community College, Continuing Education Faculty focused on arts, crafts, and creativity instruction: Portland, OR, 2004 – 2008.
CASE Associates Inc., Senior Business Analyst, Boring, OR, 2002-2010. Sub-contractor specializing in designing, conducting, and analyzing risk assessment and business analysis interviews with project stakeholders and team members on large scale government IT projects. Particularly adept at identifying gaps in communications and conflict resolution procedures that put projects at risk.
Helen M. McCann, CPA, P.C., Audit Assistant, Portland, OR, 2002-2009. Sub-contractor specializing in business process analysis for Credit Union audits, Bank Secrecy Act compliance, and fraud investigations.
Riley Research Associates, Assistant Project Manager/Project Manager/Senior Project Manager, Portland, OR, 1996-2001. Designing and Analyzing Qualitative and Quantitative Market Research Studies, Facilitating Focus Groups, Developing Client Relationships.
Clients included: Metropolitan Group, Wacom, Metro, Leatherman Tool Group, Hillsboro School District, Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, Oregon Lottery, Clark County and The Portland Tribune.
Banshee Designs, Owner, Portland, OR, 1992-1997. Designed, Constructed and Marketed a line of Batiked and Silkscreened clothing, as well as a greeting card line
Education Coordinator, Nature Printing Society 2017 Workshop - November 2016 - Summer 2017
Education Co-Coordinator, Nature Printing Society 2016 Workshop - May 2016 - October 2016
Board Member, Portland Open Studios, February 2010 - December 2013
Participated in the LNPB (Leave No Plastic Behind, now Create Plenty) art challenge, episodes 5 and 6, 2009. Created bottle cap sculpture used at a Surfrider event, which is currently on display at SCRAP (School and Community Resource Action Project). SCRAP is a non-profit that collects and resells business cast-offs as art supplies. Work from this exhibit also appeared at PIE Footwear in Portland during January, 2010. Organization is now called Create Plenty.
Taught Art and Craft Classes to at-risk women in the Rose, an apartment building run by REACH CDC, Spring 2004 – Fall 2005, with the goal of helping the women make useful items.
Designed business cards and coupons for SCRAP (School and Community Resource Action Project) that they could revise and print from MS Word, 2005. SCRAP is a non-profit that collects and resells business cast-offs as art supplies.
Window Display Designer, Portland Center Stage promoting its 2002-2003, 2003-2004, and 2004-2005 seasons.
Greenway, Volunteer Marketing Specialist, Hat Yai, Thailand, 2001-2002. Worked with a team of international volunteers to plan an International Festival and develop a brochure to help a cooperative of Thai weavers promote their products more effectively to tourists and exporters. Also participated in Greenway's annual World Culture festival for the local community.
Women’s Words organizer for Portland International Women’s Day in 1999 and 2000, resulting in the most diverse group of readers and writers in terms of age and ethnicity ever assembled for PIWD.
Secretary, American Marketing Association, Portland Chapter, 1999-2000, greatly improving record keeping with the national organization.
Love Brought Bridget Benton to Asheville, Rapid River's Art & Culture Magazine, June 2017
Use small tasks to get big things done, Professional Artist Magazine, December 2016/January 2017
Portland artist offers workshop on working with paper, wax, and light at VAC, Newport News-Times, April 10, 2015
Book Review and author interview: Bridget Benton, Creative Conversations, Mixed Media Art Magazine, Issue 14, Fall 2014
Benton teaches others how to make art with wax and fire, Newport News-Times, June 13, 2014
A Heap of Creativity: Portland Open Studios gets creative with discarded stuff in the Portland Tribune Portland!Life section, October 7, 2010.
Trendy Tires in Green Craft, Fall 2010, featuring my recycled bicycle inner tube jewelry.
Featured artist on AnArtistADay.wordpress.com, April 21, 2010.
East Portland Artists Welcome Guests into their Studios in East Portland News, Fall 2009
Featured artist on Portland Open Studios Blog, September 12, 2009.
Featured artist on DIYAlert.com, Fall, 2008.
Migrations in The Southeast Examiner, April 2008
An Art Gallery - in couple's yard in The Oregonian, April 10, 2008
Craft Demos from my blog, The Matchbook, featured on CraftStylish.com, Craftzine.com and Whipup.net, 2008.