Introduction


Jean Benvenuto's artistic process has been informed by so much. However, she counts these artists among the most influential: Charles Sibley, of Old Dominion University and the painters that she has admired, Margaret Bowland, Richard Diebenkorn, and John Singer Sargent, to name a few. 

She was trained in oils, but has used acrylics on canvas and linen for the past 40 years. She received both a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1980 and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in ‘89 from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia. A recently retired high school art teacher, she was formerly associated with the city of Portsmouth,Virginia’s Center for Excellence in the Visual and Performing Arts.

As a professional artist  Benvenuto has regularly exhibited work in the Hampton Roads region and beyond. Some notable shows include: TIME, Chrysler Museum (Norfolk, Virginia),The Ignition Show, Spark Gallery (Brooklyn, NYC),Bella Leeor Group Show, Spark Gallery (Brooklyn, NYC), This Century Gallery, One Woman Show (Williamsburg, VA), New Waves Juried Exhibition (MOCA Virginia Beach, Virginia), Riverview Gallery, One Woman Show (Portsmouth, Virginia), The Chrysler Museum, Irene Leach Memorial Juried Exhibition, twice (Norfolk, Virginia), and Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, Degrees of Separation Exhibition . In 2017 the painting "In Reply" was juried into the National Art Education Association headquarters exhibition and is part of New Waves 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia .


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 Education

2012 Graduate Course, Advanced Figure Drawing, Old Dominion University

2010 Graduate Course, Figurative Drawing, Virginia Commonwealth University

2007 National Gallery of Art, Teacher Institute, Smithsonian Museums, University of Virginia

2005 Graduate Course, Web Design, Norfolk State University

2004 Graduate Course, Digital Imaging, Norfolk State University

1997 Graduate Course, Adv. Painting, Old Dominion University

1989 Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Art K-12
Magna Cum Laude

1980 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Old Dominion University
Summa Cum Laude

 Employment

1992-2017, Art teacher, Churchland High School, Portsmouth, VA
The Center of Excellence in the Visual and Performing Arts

1989-1992, Secondary Art teacher, Cradock High School, Portsmouth, VA

1981-1989, Private Art Instructor

1980-1983, Instructor, Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

Professional Memberships and Affiliations
 
1989-present, National Art Education Association, Virginia Art Education Association, Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association

 Employment Awards

2014 Scholastic Art and Writing, National Distinguished Teacher Award

2005 Tidewater Outstanding Secondary Art Educator (TVAEA)

2005-6 Churchland High School Teacher of the Year

1999 Who’s Who Among American Teachers

Shows & Exhibitions

2018 -  New Waves 2018, Juried Exhibition, MOCA, Virginia Beach, Virginia
                 Stockley Gardens Spring Art Festival, Norfolk, Virginia

2016 – Degrees of Separation, Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center, Small group show
2015 - Portsmouth Here and Now, Portsmouth Arts and Cultural Center, Juried Show

2014 – Spark Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, Juried Show
           Barely There, Richard Stravitz Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
       Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Assoc. Show, Best in Show

2013 – TIME, Juried Show, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
               Art Speaks, This Century Gallery, Williamsburg
          Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Assoc. Show, 2nd prize

       Ignition, Juried Show, Spark Workshop Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2011 - What in the Word, Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, Virginia

2009 - Winterim, TVAEA, Suffolk, Virginia

2005 - Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg

2002 and 2003 - New Waves Juried Exhibition, MOCA, Virginia Beach, Virginia

2003 - Riverview Gallery, One Woman Show

2000 - Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Assoc. Show

1989 - D’Art Center, Figure Show

1986 - Peninsula Fine Arts Center Juried Show, Newport News, Virginia

1982 - Tidewater Artists Association, Drawing Show

1981-88 Portsmouth Seawall Art Show

1981 and 1998 - Chrysler Museum, Irene Leach Memorial Juried Exhibition

1980 to Present - Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show
 
Awards

1980 Portsmouth Seawall Art Show - Award of Merit, Portsmouth, Virginia

1981 Boardwalk Art Show - Alice Granberry Painting Award, Virginia Beach, Virginia

1981 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

1985 Portsmouth Seawall Art Show - Judge’s Choice Award, Portsmouth, Virginia

1986 Portsmouth Seawall Art Show - Purchase Award, Award of Excellence, Portsmouth, Virginia

1986 Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Juried Show – Award of Merit, Newport News, Virginia

1987 Portsmouth Seawall Art Show - Judge’s Choice Award, Portsmouth, Virginia

1988 Seawall Art Show - Award of Merit, Portsmouth, Virginia

1991 Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Show - 3rd Place

1992 Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Show - 3rd Place

1993 Boardwalk Art Show - Sand Dollar Award, Virginia Beach, Virginia

1998 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

1999 Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Show - 2nd Place

2001 Boardwalk Art Show - Award of Merit, Virginia Beach, Viginia

2001 Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Show - Best in Show

2002 Contemporary Art Center, New Waves Juried Exhibition, Virginia Beach, Virginia

2003 Contemporary Art Center, New Waves Juried Exhibition, Virginia Beach, Virginia

2005 Boardwalk Art Show, Board of Trustees Award, 2nd Place, Virginia Beach,   Virginia 
        
Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association Exhibition, 3rd

2013 Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association, 2nd

2014 Tidewater Virginia Art Educators Assoc. Show, Best in Show

2016 - 17 Boardwalk Art Show, Award of Merit, Virginia Beach, Virginia

         National Art Education Association, Juried Exhibition, Alexandria, Virginia
2018 - New Waves, Juried Exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, Virginia