Carol Benson is an American Postwar and Contemporary Artist. A large amount of her work exist in the liminal space between painting and sculpture. Wood cut outs in the shapes of abstract dwellings ask us to reimagine architecture that we find familiar. These works ask viewers to consider what different kinds of spaces they present to us as well as what is missing.
Carol says about her work: “ For many years I have used the image of the house as an icon of protection as well as a structure that becomes indicative of our inner selves. I include images of nature because I am interested in how we interact with our surroundings—as well as our inherent responsibility toward conservation and stewardship of our resources.”
Carol has a MFA from TCU as well as a degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of North Texas. She has taught in public and private schools as well as TCU, and the University of Texas at Arlington and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Her work has been exhibited in juried and invitational shows throughout Texas, the Southern States, the Mid-west, New Mexico, and New York State. In 2016-17 she lead a team of artists in a project that gauged citizens perception about public art and projects in Fort Worth. It was titled, Coming Home: Community Conversations on Public Art. She displayed three variations of wire mesh houses throughout Fort Worth. The project gave visitors the opportunity to voice opinion regarding the future public art endeavors in the city. Carol has also served on a panel that selects artists for public art.
Carol was a Hunting Prize Finalist in 2016, 2014, and 2010. She won First Place in Art in the Metroplex in 2002 and 2003. Her work is in the Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX, Moncrief Cancer Center, Fort Worth. Health South, Fort Worth, Neiman Marcus, Verizon, Fort Worth Public Library, Bennett Benner Architects, Freeze Nichols Inc.