Bridget Benton

EDUCATION

Master of Science, Creative Studies, International Center for Studies in Creativity, State University of New York, Buffalo State College Campus (2007)

FourSight™ Certification (2007)

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts, Cum Laude and with Distinction in Art, The Colorado College (1992)
Phi Beta Kappa honor society (1992)

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

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 

Gold Medal, Nautilus Book Awards, The Creative Conversation: ArtMaking as Playful Prayer, Creative Process Category, 2012
Silver Medal, Nautilus Book Awards, The Creative Conversation: ArtMaking as Playful Prayer, Self-Help Category, 2012
Silver Medal, Independent Publisher Book Awards, The Creative Conversation: ArtMaking as Playful Prayer, How-To Category, 2012
Finalist, Ben Franklin Book Awards, The Creative Conversation: ArtMaking as Playful Prayer, Body-Mind-Spirit Category, 2012

Jurist Merit Award, for Verdant, Enid Joy Mount Gallery, Keizer, OR, Summer 2011

BOOKS

Sober Play: Using Creativity for a More JOYFUL Recovery, by Jill Kelly with Bridget Benton, 3Cats Publishing, 2013
The Creative Conversation: ArtMaking as Playful Prayer, by Bridget Benton, Eyes Aflame Publishing, 2011

ARTICLES & APPEARANCES

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

Podcast: What Does Making Things Mean? With Bridget Benton, on CraftyPod, May 4, 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.

Reaching the Artist Within: The Start of a Spiritual Journey, by Bridget Benton, Natural Awakenings, Portland, OR, September, 2006
Making Tracks with Mana: A tenacious trail guide leads a trekker over Nepali mountains to an unexpected destination, by Bridget Benton, Nervy Girl, July/August 2002

LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

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

Encaustic Monotype and Gelliplate Printing on Fabric, Collage, Portland, OR, Spring 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.

Coming Home: Themes of Personal Place in Encaustic (Talk), Encaustic Collagraph with a Pasta Machine, and Encaustic ATCs at EncaustiCon, Santa Fe, NM, Fall, 2013

Encaustic Painting for Nature Printers at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Charleston, OR, Fall, 2013

Quick Cast Moldmaking and Encaustic Painting for Nature Printers at the Nature Printing Society Annual Workshop, Wildacres, North Carolina, Fall, 2012

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

Creative Anatomy: Creative Problem-Solving Self-Assessment, Entrepreneur Development Series, Portland Community College Small Business Development Center, Portland, OR, Summer, 2009-2010.

Spiral Notebook Necklace at Scarlet Star Studios, Portland, OR, Fall 2009.

Wax and Fiber: An Encaustic Adventure and Washed Up and Worn: Recycled Rubber Jewelry at Art Unraveled, Phoenix, AZ, August, 2009.
Wax and Fiber, demonstration at the Portland Chapter of the International Encaustic Artists’ Encaustic Jam, Summer, 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.

SOLO and FEATURE EXHIBITS

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

Letter & Limb, solo show at In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, OR, January-February, 2014
Common Spaces, one-woman installation at Mad/50 Art Space, Portland, OR, Spring, 2011
Featured artist, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, August 2010
Featured artist, ReUse Recycle at 100th Monkey Gallery, Portland, OR, April, 2010
Migrations, one-woman installation at Mad/50 Art Space, Portland, OR, Spring, 2008
The Last Two Years, solo show at Cubespace Workcenter, Portland, OR, March-June 2008

GROUP EXHIBITS

Anything GoesArrowhead 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 500People's Gallery, Portland, OR, December 2014

Pollen, In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, OR, June 2014

Bound by Words, with Erin Leichty and Kindra Krick, Gallery at the Jupiter, Portland, OR, April-May, 2014
The Heart of the Matter, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, February 2014
The Big 400, People's Gallery, Portland, OR, December 2013
Self-Portraits, In Bocca Al Lupo Fine Art, Milwaukie, OR, Fall, 2013
Winter Wax Exhibition, Gallery 5, Portland, OR, November-December, 2012
Exquisite Wax at Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR, Summer, 2012
Portland Open Studios Special Exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, Spring, 2012
Little Things at Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, December, 2011

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

Little Things at Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, December, 2010

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

Winter Group Show at West Linn Public Library, West Linn, OR, February, 2010
Little Things at Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, December, 2009
Dia De Los Muertos at Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR, November, 2009
Mixed Media, Sixth Street Gallery, Vancouver, WA, October, 2009, work featured on the promotional postcard

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

CAREER HISTORY

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

VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY WORK

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

President, Portland Open Studios, January 2012 - December 2012
Sales & Sponsorship Committee Chair, Portland Open Studios, January 2011 - December 2012
Treasurer, Portland Open Studios, February 2010 - January 2012
President, Portland Chapter of the International Encaustic Artists, September 2009 – January 2012

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.

SecretaryAmerican Marketing Association, Portland Chapter, 1999-2000, greatly improving record keeping with the national organization.

PRESS

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.

Contact

PO Box 248, Asheville, NC  28802

Phone: +1 503 9134558 +1 503 9134558

E-mail: sparky@eyesaflame.com

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