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Michelle Benoit, all Mixed media on reclaimed Lucite, maple wood. 23 x 23 cm, 9” x 9”, 2016


Trooping the Colours

Red, blue, green or yellow are names that we have given colors. They describe phenomena that we perceive sensually. Physically it is electromagnetic radiation. In certain frequencies this matter penetrates, in others it is reflected or absorbed by it and, depending on the reflected wavelength, we can perceive it as red, blue, green or yellow, i.e. see it. A change in the energy status – more or less light – also changes the color impression. The glaze, a painting technique in which pigments of different densities, with a transparent carrier, are superimposed in many layers, makes use of this. The color is created by the mixture of reflected light that we perceive. This painting technique enables the greatest possible plasticity, depth of color and luminosity. With Michelle Benoit, not only is the application of paint transparent and multilayered, but also the painting surface. Different layers of extremely translucent Plexiglas are painted and mounted on top of each other, thus mixing the light reflected from different levels, depending on frequency and intensity, always new and different. Sometimes tender, sometimes pasty, sometimes strong. But their objects always appear to us as if illuminated from within.


Ist es rot oder rosa? War nicht das Blau gestern Abend in der Dämmerung heller? Mit jedem Blick auf die sich ständig verändernden Arbeiten von Michelle Benoit entdeckt man Neues. Einen Schimmer, eine Nuance, einen Farbeindruck, den man eben noch anders erlebte.

Rot, Blau, Grün oder Gelb sind Namen, die wir Farben gegeben haben. Sie bezeichnen von uns sinnlich wahrgenommene Phänomene. Physikalisch ist es elektromagnetische Strahlung. In bestimmten Frequenzen durchdringt diese Materie, in anderen wird sie von ihr reflektiert oder absorbiert und wir können sie, je nach reflektierter Wellenlänge, als Rot, Blau, Grün oder Gelb wahrnehmen, also sehen. Auch durch eine Änderung des Energiestatus – mehr oder weniger Licht – ändert sich der Farbeindruck.

Die Lasur, eine Maltechnik, bei der Pigmente in unterschiedlicher Dichte, mit transparentem Träger, in vielen Lagen übereinander gelegt werden, macht sich das zu Nutze. Die Farbigkeit entsteht durch die von uns wahrgenommene Mischung des reflektierten Lichtes. Diese Technik ermöglicht größtmögliche Plastizität, Farbtiefe und Leuchtkraft.

Bei Michelle Benoit ist nun nicht nur der Farbauftrag transparent und vielschichtig, sondern auch der Malgrund. Verschiedene Lagen eines extrem lichtdurchlässigen Plexiglases sind bemalt und übereinander montiert und mischen so das von verschiedenen Ebenen reflektierte Licht, je nach Frequenz und Intensität, immer neu und immer anders. Mal zart, mal pastös, mal kräftig. Immer aber erscheinen uns ihre Objekte wie von innen erleuchtet.


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catalogue 2017



2017: Michelle Benoit and Huntz Liu. The Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York, New York. Invitational

2016: Weights and Measures: Public space installation; The Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State

University, Bridgewater MA.

2016: Stacy Alickman and Michelle Benoit at Reynolds Fine Art, New Haven, CT: Invitational.

2014: The Willard Street Series in The Reading Room. AS220 Providence, RI December.

2005: Pieces of Place: Bridgewater, MA. Bridgewater State College, The Wallace Anderson Gallery.

2004: Michelle Benoit; New Work. Warwick, RI, CCRI Knight Campus Art Gallery.

2002: Compulsion; Courthouse Center for The Arts, with Tayo Hueser, West Kingstown, RI.

2000: Minimalism and Alchemy: Iowa City, IA, The Eve Drewlowe Gallery, University of Iowa.

1999: Column: An Installation. Iowa City, IA, The Eve Drewlowe Gallery. University of Iowa.

1999: Excavation Project: Iowa City, IA. The Reservoir Space. University of Iowa.


2017: Bristol Museum of Art. Bristol RI Invitational

2017: Frieze New York ; with Terrence Sanders, 60 Americans. Randall’s Island Park, NY,NY.

2016: Gebert Contemporary on Main. Scottsdale, AZ.

2016 : 60 Americans; Makeshift Museum, Curated by Terrence Sanders. Los Angeles CA. Invitational.

2016: Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) .v2 Boeker Contemporary, Heidelberg Germany.

Curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones. Invitational

2016: Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) Corridor Projects; Dayton Ohio. Curated by Jeffrey

Cortland Jones. Invitational

2016: Language of Patterns. Safe Harbors Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh New York. Curated by Virginia

Walsh. Invitational

2016: Blanc de Blanc. Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown RI. Curators Nezka Pfeifer, Rita Reamer.

2016: Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Curated by Stephen Wickham. Melborne, Victoria, Australia; July:


2016: Artspace 64 Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, New York. Invitational.

2016: Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, Harper Center for the Arts; Art in America on Tour. Clinton, SC.

Presbyterian College, Invitational.

2015-2016: Dimmitt Contemporary; Houston, Texas. Group exhibition Dec-May. Invitational.

2015-2016: An Exhibition with No Title; Amy Simon Fine Art; Westport, CT. Dec.-Jan. Invitational.

.2015: Artist Run at the Satellite Show Miami; Miami, FL, ‘Art in America’ exhibition, Curated by Julie

Torres, December.

2015-2016: SpotteArt, NY, NY. Online Boutique for Contemporary Art and Design.

2015: Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI: Water, juried exhibition, juror: Dina Deitsch, April.

2015: Artspace 64, NY, NY: Vantage Points. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center March 2015-

March 2016, Invitational.

2015: The Vets Gallery Space, Providence RI; Transparencies, curators Judith Tolnick Champa, Uli

Brahmst: April: Invitational.

2015: The New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain CT, curated by Sharon Butler, January.

2014-2015: Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale Arizona: group exhibition. Invitational.

2014: The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn NY. Small Works Salon Exhibition, curated by Shawn James,


2014: Memorial Sloan Kettering, Brooklyn NY. Reflections; curated by Sarah Campbell, September


2014: The Hoxie Gallery, Hera 40th Anniversary Exhibition. Westerly, RI: Invitational.

2014: Artspace 64, NY, NY. Fresh Air. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. March 2014-March

  1. Invitational.

2014: Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI. Landscape at the edge: Contemporary views. April–May National

juried show, juror; Michele L’Heureux Wheaton College, Brandeis University.

2014: The Chazan Gallery at The Wheeler School, Providence RI, with Susan Doyle, Joan Wygand.


2014: Green Space at T.F Green Airport. Warwick RI, Public Art and Stipend: January-April 2014.

Jurors; Ellen McBreen; Wheaton College, Victoria Lichtendorf Storm King Art Center, Sam

Duket; artist.

2013 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, Jamestown, RI. February 14-March 9, Jamestown Art Center,


2004 Works on Paper: Providence, RI The Chazen Gallery.

2003 Beneath the Surface: Rock, Paper, Threads. The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Fall River,

  1. Bristol Community College. Invitational.

2002 Emerging Artists: The Wheeler Gallery, Providence, RI.

2002 Compulsion: West Kingstown, RI, Courthouse Center for the Arts. Invitational.

2002 and 2003 Faculty Exhibitions: Bristol, RI Roger Williams University.

2002 Juried group show: Wakefield, RI The Hera Gallery.

2000 Evolutions: Iowa City, Iowa Arbor Gallery, with Titus Heagins, Olabayo Olianiyi, Gek Choo Yeo.


1999 Locating Place: Iowa City, IA. Collaboration with David Dunlap and Howard Rogdovan. The

Byron Burford Gallery, Invitational.

1998 Regional Show: The Reservoir Space, Iowa City, IA. University of Iowa. Invitational.

1998 The Home Show: Iowa City, IA. The Reservoir Space, Curatorial project. University of Iowa.

1996 The Sarah Doyle Gallery: Providence, RI. Juried painting exhibition. Brown University.

1996 The Native Gallery: Providence, RI Juried painting exhibition. Invitational.

1995 Bannister Gallery: Providence, RI, Juried painting exhibition. Rhode Island College.



Memorial Sloan Kettering, The University of Iowa Museum, The Swain School of Design, Rhode Island

Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous private collections.




Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation: Artist Resource Trust Grant 2013.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Merit Fellowship in Painting 2013.

Honorarium: Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, 2002.

Stipend: The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery at the Bristol Community College, 2003.

Iowa Arts Fellowship: School of Art and Art History and the Graduate College. Full Tuition and stipend

award 1997- 2000.

Teaching Assistantships: School of Art and Art History, The University of Iowa. Awards 1999 and 2000.

Special Talent Award: Art Center, Rhode Island College. Scholarship in Fine Arts 1994, 1993, and 1992.


Publication; Art Voices: 101 Contemporary Artists; Book, February 2016.

David Sepulveda; Sculptures Make Bulletproof Memories: The New Haven Independent March 15,


Bill Van Siclen; Exhibit Lights up Vets Gallery: Providence Journal April 23, 2015

Alexander Castro; Sweetness and Light; Newport Daily News; April 14, 2015.

Deborah Ross; Editorial Recommendations; Visual Art Source; March 21-June 20 2015.

Greg Cook; RISCA Fellowship Show, The Providence Phoenix, Feb. 2013.

Bill Van Siclen, “At Fall River gallery, They Get It On Paper”. Providence Journal Bulletin, Providence, RI

March 2003.

Bill Van Siclen, “Art Wrap Up” Providence Journal, Providence, RI, Jan. 1996.


2015: Connecticut Artist Fellowship Program, mixed media category, Connecticut