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February Artist Lecture: Lee Benson


In conjunction with Common LineageThe Bensons currently on view at the Ewing Gallery, artist Lee Benson will give a lecture on Thursday, February 9 at 7:30 PM in McCarty Auditorium. (room 109 of the Art + Architecture Building) We hope you can join us for this event and the closing reception for the exhibition immediately following the lecture in the Ewing Gallery. The artists will be present.

The Ewing Gallery of Art and Architecture and the University of Tennessee Potter’s Club are pleased to present Common Lineage: The Bensons, an exhibition featuring the work of Tennessee natives and University of Tennessee Alumni, Lee Aaron, Zac, and Mary Benson/Carbonell. Patriarch, Aaron Lee Benson, who received his BFA, BS in Art Education, and his MFA in ceramics from UT in 1989, is currently a Professor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Ceramics at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.

Lee, with his wife Elizabeth – who he met while in graduate school, started Benson Sculpture LLC. Working collaboratively with their four children, (Aaron, Zac, Mary, and Sarah), they create large-scale public sculptures out of timber, earth, and stone. These sculptures have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recently, the Bensons have developed a relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity International to repurpose materials used in their sculptures to build homes in the community where the sculptures were exhibited.

Their oldest son, Aaron Tennessee Benson, received his BFA in Ceramics from UT in 2009 and went on to earn an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred in 2013. Aaron is currently and Assistant professor of Art, Ceramics/Sculpture/3D at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama.

Zac Chyanne Benson received his BFA in sculpture from UT in 2011. Zach is currently pursuing his MFA in studio art from the University of Maryland, College Park and will graduate this spring.

Mary Benson/Carbonell received her BFA in ceramics in 2013 and is currently pursuing her MS in art education, also from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Whether working individually or collaborating as part of Benson Sculpture LLC, the Benson family is driven by their Christian faith to create contemporary art that touches on themes of eternity, material worth, politic, moral, religious, ad other social justice issues.

Lee will be giving a lecture on the exhibition Thursday, February 9th in McCarty Auditorium in the Art + Architecture Building on UT’s campus. A reception immediately follows the lecture in the Ewing Gallery. Common Lineage: The Bensons runs through February 10.