Sylvia Benitez

Sylvia is a nationally awarded artist and the SAALM 2022 Artist of the Year

Sylvia Benitez is a nationally awarded artist; the recipient of many awards from numerous granting foundations, including an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant, two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards, an AICA Award (Association of International Critics of Art for best exterior sculpture installation, Puerto Rico, 1997), two National Endowment for the Arts Visiting Artist Fellowships, a Puffin Foundation Award, an Empire State Craft Award, two Sculpture Space Residencies, and two MacDowell Colony Fellowships. Benitez also has also received artist residencies from Yaddo, VCCA, Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Altos de Chavon, Dominican Republic.

Her installations and creative works have been shown in numerous museums, sculpture parks and galleries throughout the USA including The Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Wave Hill, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Neuberger Museum of Art: SUNY Purchase, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The American Craft Museum, The McNay Museum of Art, Art Omi, Johns Hopkins University, The El Paso Museum of Art, The Islip Museum, The Abington Art Center, Texas State University's Mitte Gallery, The Schuylkill Environmental Center, The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Franklin Furnace, NYC, The Beeville Museum, and The Museo De Historia, Anthropologia y Arte, Puerto Rico.

She is the founder and president of The Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA), a twelve-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving women artists of south Texas. The organization has an active membership of sixty members and has served over one hundred women artists since its inception. For GAGA, Benitez has curated, installed, and marketed over 30 thematic exhibitions, many of those being all-member shows.

You can see Sylvia's art on her website.

Lavender Ice

Oil on canvas, 38" x 46"