Paul M. Benavidez
2009 Master of Fine Arts, Vermont College of Fine Arts, February 2012
2009-2012 Vermont College of Fine Arts, Visual Art
2002 Ventura College; Directed Studies, Multimedia Dept.
2001 Ventura College
2000 Ventura College
1996 Bachelor of Arts Degree, Art Studio, UCSB
1994 – 1996 Art Studio, University of California at Santa Barbara
1995 Ventura College
1976 – 1977 College of Creative Studies, UCSB
1974 – 1977 Art Studio, University of California at Santa Barbara
1973 – 1974 Santa Barbara Art Institute, Santa Barbara, California
1970 – 1972 Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California;
1967 – 1968 Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California
2015-present Fillmore Lions Club Centennial Mural Project Lead Artist
2014 Landmark Forum Advanced Graduate.
2014-present Fillmore Lions Club Member & Officer.
2014-present Consultant, Special Projects, Artist in Residence City of Fillmore Equestrian Center.
2013-present Educational volunteer/mentor One Step A La Vez Teen Wellness Center Fillmore.
2013-present Educational volunteer Fillmore School District.
2013-present Educational volunteer Santa Clara River Restoration Project, UCSB Environmental Studies Dept., US Fish & Wildlife, Fillmore Unified School District.
2011-present Unequal Wealth Distribution-UWD Social Process Art Project.
2010 Curator for Working Artists Ventura Art Walk Exhibition.
2008 Curatorial Project, “A Mirror in Which to Dwell,” a group portrait exhibition, Ventura County Arts Council Hall of Administration Gallery.
2006 Drawing Workshops, Oxnard College.
2003 to 2008 Co-founder, co-director with Carolyn Friend of Upfront Gallery in Ventura, Ca. Specializing in contemporary art of established and emerging California artists. www.upfrontgallery.org
2011 Merit Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts
2009 Merit Award, Vermont College of Fine Arts
2008 THIRD PLACE, 2008 Los Angeles Biennial Juried Exhibition, The
Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles Municipal
Art Gallery Associates
2007 Jack Richeson Award, Pastel Society of America, New York City
2006 THIRD PLACE, Ventura County Fair Professional Arts Category
2005 2005/06 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT, City of Ventura Artist Fellowship Program
2005 FIRST PLACE, Winner, Millard Sheets Art Gallery Foundation 2005 Contemporary Fine Art Competition and Exhibition, category Figurative, Los Angeles
2005 2003 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT, City of Ventura Artist Fellowship Program
1998 1998-99 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT, City of Ventura Artist Fellowship Program
1996 1996-97 ARTIST FELLOWSHIP GRANT, City of Ventura Artist Fellowship Program
1972 Honors Certificate for Superior Achievement in Drawing, Pasadena City College
SELECT CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS
2015 Public Practice – Big Brothers and Sisters Music & Group Art Exhibition, Black Stallion Studio, City of Fillmore Equestrian Center.
2014 Public Practice – Youth Sustainable Garden and Group Art Exhibition, Black Stallion Studio, City of Fillmore Equestrian Center.
2011 Public Practice – Unequal Wealth Distribution UWD Discussion Group Music and Art Exhibition.
2006 Synchronicity Works Creative Project including Children’s Curriculum with mathematician J.J. LeTourneau Ph.D
2004 City of Ventura Municipal Collection
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS, PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2016 Enchanted Loom Solo Exhibition, 525 Gallery Ojai, Ca.
2016 M5ARTS ‘Art Hotel’ Inaugural International Exhibition. City of Sacramento.
2016 Artists Guild of Fillmore Exhibition “Via 126,” Ventura College Santa Paula Campus,
Santa Paula, Ca.
2015 Ojai Art Center, Ojai, Ca.
2011 Bell Arts “Occupy Ventura” Group Exhibition.
2011 Ventura County Museum of History and Art Myths and Urban Legends Group
2011 VC Reporter Artists and Musicians Protest Group Exhibition.
2011 Ventura County Museum of History and Art “Four Masters” Colleagues and Friends Group Exhibition.
2010 Ventura Arts Council Working Artists Ventura- WAV Group Exhibition.
2010 Group Exhibition entitled “Spatial Conditions,” 643 Project Space, Ventura Ca. Christine Morla, Curator.
2010 Solo Exhibition entitled, “Levitation,” Ventura College New Media Art Gallery.
2009 “Locals Only” Cal State Channel Islands, Ventura Gallery.
2009 “On the Shoulders of Davids”, an exhibition showcasing works by artists who have directed their own artist-run exhibition spaces. Ichiro Irie, curator.
2009 Solo Exhibition entitled, “Cocoon,” SCIART Studio Channel Islands Art Center, California State University, Channel Islands.
2008 Self Portrait Group exhibition entitled, “MyFaceSpaceBook, i-5 Gallery, The Brewery Los Angeles; curators Mat Gleason and Marla Koosed.
2008 Hispanic Heritage Group Exhibition, McNish Art Gallery Oxnard College.
2008 Post Cards From The Art Edge, i-5 Gallery, The Brewery Los Angeles.
2008 Los Angeles Juried Exhibition, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery.
2008 2 Dollar Bill Group Exhibition, i-5 Gallery, The Brewery Los Angeles.
2008 Art Installation/Agora Foundation Fundraiser at BST Headquarters.
07-08 New Paintings, Solo Exhibition, McNish Gallery, Oxnard College.
2007 New Paintings, Solo Exhibition, 643 A Project Space.
2007 Participating Artist Ventura Artists Studio Tour Exhibits.
2007 FAR Group Exhibition at MarYork Gallery, Los Angeles.
2007 Group Exhibition, I-5 Gallery Brewery Art Association.
2007 Group Exhibition, Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, Thousand Oaks.
2007 Ojai Museum of Art and History Group Exhibit.
2007 Artist Union Gallery Group Exhibition, Ventura Music Festival “Music for Camille.”
2007 Touring exhibition on Ventura Music Festival “Music for Camille.”
2006 Ventura Music Festival Commission.
2006 City of Ventura Municipal Fellowship Exhibition, Nathan Larramendy, curator.
2006 Viridian Artists 17th Annual Exhibition; Robert Rosenblum, jurist.
2006 “Chaos” exhibit Long Beach Arts Gallery; Darlene D. DeAngelo, jurist.
2006 Ventura Music Festival Instruments Sculpture Commission.
2005 Snap to Grid group exhibition Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
2005 New Botanical Studies, Joni Pence Interiors Studio
2005 New Digital Works, PhotoVentura Paul Benavidez Studio
2005 Focus on the Masters Ventura Artists Studio Tour
2005 Taboo group exhibit; Studio Montclair, New Jersey, Jerry Saltz, jurist
2004 Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Open, Los Angeles
2004 Selected artist acquisition for City of San Buenaventura Municipal Art Permanent Collection
2004 “Snatch,” erotic group show, Upfront Gallery
2003 “Foundations” concurrent with featured Harvest Artwalk Artist and Art City founder, Paul Lindhard, at San Buenaventura Artist Union Gallery
2003 Avant Garde Photography Juried Show
2003 Artist Fellowship Showcase, City of San Buenaventura Cultural Affairs hosted grant recipients exhibition.
2003 Benavidez/Pedziwiatr at Upfront Gallery
2003 Love War, San Buenaventura Artist Union Gallery, Ventura, Ca.
2002 Three Exhibitions at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, CSU Channel Islands.
2002 Group Exhibition, Long Beach Art Center
2002 Stone Works Spring Group Show
2002 Art City Group Show, Ventura, CA
2001 Summer Art Walk screening of “Rotkejorp”, a privately produced 15 minute art video. Screened on Main Street with ten by seven foot video projection.
2001 “Annual Erotic Group Show”, Art City Gallery, Ventura, Ca.
2000 “Sign of the Times,” Art City Group Show
2000 V2 Gallery Group Millennium Show, Art City, Ventura, CA
2000 “A Piece at a Time” Millennium Group Show, Watts Towers Art Center, Los Angeles, Ca. Mark Greenfield, Director.
1999 Presentation of “Millennium Video; Humans as Species.” Presented for the Millennium Art Walk for Ventura. A recycling 8-minute computer generated digital/flash outdoor video projection of twenty by fifteen-foot aspect ratio with amplified sound track and internet chat-room hosted by Leonard Shlain, author of “Art and Physics,” “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess,” “Sex, Time, and Power.
1999 Recipient of City of Ventura Cultural Affairs Commission for “Millennium Video.”
1999 V2 Gallery Group Show, Art City II Gallery, Ventura, Ca.
1999 “Gaia, Goddess of Earth”, an art installation for the Environmental Art Walk for the City of Ventura
1998 Ventura Summer Art Walk special exhibition of “A Surrealistic Manage a Trois”, art installation.
1998 “Collaborations,” three-person collaboration art installation titled, “A Surrealistic Manage a Trois”, Art City Gallery
1998 V2 Gallery Group Export Show, Ventura
1998 V2 Show, San Buenaventura Music Festival
1998 “April Fools Show” Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1998 “Synergy”, group show, Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1997 Ventura Artists Union Juried Show, Art City II Gallery
1997 “Arcadian Principles” art installation installed in the obsolete Ventura Women Jail Facility, in conjunction with composer Jeff Kaiser’s “Gans Andere”.
1997 SITE 2nd Annual National Comp. Los Angeles; Henry Hopkins, Jurist
1997 “Mothers in Black, Women in Black”, an art installation for Ventura Fall Art Walk.
1997 “We Love Our Country” One Person Show. Three venues in Ventura
1997 Ventura River Bio-Region Group Show, Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1997 Spring Art Walk ’97 Art City II Group Show, Ventura
1995 “April Fools Group Show”, Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1995 Juried Group Show, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard
1994 “Changing Paradigm”, art installation at The Performance Studio, Ventura
1994 “Painters Ballet”, performance piece with Plexus Dance Theater, private celebrity exhibition, Studio City
1993 “Luminescence”, group holiday show, Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1993 “Painters Ballet” performance piece with Plexus Dance Theater, private exhibition for Ventura Arts Council, and NEA representatives, Ventura City Hall
1993 “Intimate Lies”, three person show, Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1993 Set design and installation: “The Rooster Brings Heresy”, a contemporary new music opera by composer, Jeff Kaiser 1991 “Artists Respond to War”, group show, Ventura Arts Council/Momentum Gallery, Ventura
1991 Group Show, Art City II Gallery, Ventura
1990 “Room With a View”, solo exhibition, Art City I Gallery, Ventura