Fletcher Benton

Fletcher Benton is well-known for his geometric metal sculptures. His sculpture often defies gravity with welded shapes perched seemingly precariously atop each other. His choice of materials reflects his concern with the unique color, tonality and rich luster inherent in metals. The simplicity of each shape abstractly reveal forms of nature, geometry and human activity. Fletcher Benton lives and works in San Francisco, California.

BORN
1931 Jackson, OH
EDUCATION
1956 BFA Miami University, Oxford, OH
TEACHING
1967-1986 California State University, San Jose, San Jose, CA
1966-1967 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
1959 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
AWARDS
2008 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award, International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ
1994 Ohioana Library Award for a meritorious career that has added luster and distinction to the heritage of the state and union, Columbus, OH
1994 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Rio Grande University, Rio Grande, OH
1993 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Miami University, Oxford, OH
1989 Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
1982 Award for Honor for Outstanding Achievement in Sculpture, The San Francisco Arts Commission
1980 President’s Scholar Award, California State University, San Jose, CA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2011 Alphabet, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
2008 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2007 “The Circus Revisited,” Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2006 “Letters & Numbers,” Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2005 “Drawings, Maquettes, & Models of Large-Scale Sculpture,” Tasende Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2002 Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany
2001 Galerie B. Haasner, Wiesbaden, Germany
The Art Show, 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY
Tasende Gallery, ADAA/The Art Show, New York, NY
Tasende Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Tasende Gallery, LaJolla, CA
2000 Imago Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
1999 Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, NE
1998 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Tasende Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Rive Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1997 Simone Stern Galerie, New Orleans, LA
1996 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 Frederick Spratt Gallery, San Jose, CA
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1994 University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH
1993 Miami University, Oxford, OH
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Gothaer Kunstforum, Cologne, Germany
Simone Stern Galerie, New Orleans, LA
1992 Haasner Galerie, Weisbaden, Germany
1991 Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Sung Dam Fine Arts, Seoul, Korea
1990 Galerie Simone Stern, New Orleans, LA
1989 John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1988 Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1987 Haasner Galerie, Wiesbaden, Germany
Portia Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
Arts Irvine, ’87, Irvine, CA
1986 Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Laguna College of Art, Laguna Beach, CA
Transamerica Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
1985 Portia Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
Fresno Arts Center, Fresno, CA
1984 Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1982 San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
1981 Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany  
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1980 President’s Scholar Show, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
Suermondt-Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany
Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009 Cool! Cool! Cool! Cool!, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago IL
2008 SOFA CHICAGO 2008, Jean Albano Gallery, ChicagoIL
2007 “The Armory Show,” 7th Regiment Armory, New York, NY
“An Architect Collects: Robert D. Kleinschmidt & a Lifetime of Fine Arts Acquisitions,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Made in California,” Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
2006 “Five Centuries of Art: The 11th Annual Los Angeles Art Show,” Santa Monica, CA
“Art Karlsruhe,” Karlsruhe, Germany
2005 “Paint on Metal,” Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
“Art 36 Basel,” Basel, Switzerland
‘Highlights: New Acquisitions,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 “The 179th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art,” National Academy Museum, New York, NY
“Dovetailing Art & Life: The Bennett Collection,” San Francisco Museum of Craft & Design, CA
2003 Navy Pier Walk, Chicago, IL
“Beyond the Surface 2,” Art & Cultural Center at Fallbrook, CA
“Art Cologne,” Cologne, Germany
2002 Navy Pier Walk, Chicago, IL
“Art Bodensee 2002: ‘San Francisco Bay Area’,” Kunstler aus Kalifornien, Dornbirn, Austria
“On Ramps: Transitional Moments in California Art,” Pasadena Museum of California Art, CA
“Wired: Art that Moves,” Miami Art Museum, FL
2001 "Art Chicago", Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
“Spektrum Kunstlandschaft,” Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany
“Celebrating Modern Art: The Anderson Collection,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
“Welded! Sculpture of the 20th Century,” Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, NY
“Chicago Collectors Select,” Absolute Vision V, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2000 Chicago Collectors Select, Absolute Vision V, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 “Exhibition of ISC Collection II,” International Sculpture Center, Chicago, IL
“The Museum Collects: Treasures of Twenty Years,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
“The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair,” Grosvenor House, London
1998 “Floating Forms,” Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
1997 “Theater of Art,” Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1996 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Menorah Show", The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
“Chicago Arts Fair,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995 "Inaugural Exhibition," Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
"XXV Years," John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"A Bay Area Connection: Works from the Anderson Collection," Triton Museum of Art, Santa    Clara, CA
1994 "Twenty-Six Artists: Selections from the John Berggruen Gallery," Friesen Gallery, Seattle
1993 "In the Sculptor’s Landscape," University of California, Los Angeles, CA
"Malibu International Sculpture Exhibition," Malibu, CA
"Recent Acquisitions," John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"The George and Edith Rickey Collection of Constructivist Art," Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
"Table Sculpture," The Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1992 “Two Schools of Sculpture,” Academia, Florence, Italy
“FIAC,” John Berggruen Gallery, Paris, France
“Objects of Affection, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“The Endowed Chair,” Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
1991 “Florence-Santa Clara: Two Schools of Sculpture,” Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
“Constructivism: Past and Present,” Esgard Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1990 John Berggruen Gallery, Espirit Sculpture Garden, San Francisco, CA
“Picasso, Gravuren, and Fletcher Benton Skulpturen,” Einladung in das Mathias Spital, Rheine, Germany
“American Artists in Jewelry,” Boca Raton, FL
1989 “5 x 5,” The Conley Gallery of Art, California State University, Fresno, CA
1988 “Summer Selection,” Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, CA
“Steel Sculpture Exhibition,” Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall College, Yorkshire, England
“Bay Area Sculpture-Metal, Stone, Wood,” Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
“In the Beginning: Maquettes,” The Syntex Gallery, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
“Paper Thick: Forms and Images in Cast Paper,” Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
“American Artists in Jewelry,” Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY
Portia Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
1987 “International Working Symposium of Open Air Sculpture in Steel,” Kleinwefers, Krefeld, Germany
“Summer Exhibition,” Scott Hanson Gallery, New York, NY
“American Artists in Jewelry, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA;
traveled to Fuller Gross Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY
1986 “Chicago Arts Fair,” Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
“Chicago International Art Exposition,” Chicago, IL
“Seven Artists in Depth: The Creative Process,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
“Art in the Aluminum Vein,” Kaiser Center Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
“Distinguished Faculty Artists,” Phoebe Conley Gallery, California State University, Fresno, CA
“Thanks for the Memories,” Harcus Gallery, Boston, MA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
“San Jose Biennial,” San Jose, CA
John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“MPA Landscape Architecture Show,” San Francisco, CA
1985 “Chapman College Sculpture Acquisition Program,” Chapman College, Orange, CA
“The Art of the 1970s & 1980s,” The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
“Going Public,” Civic Center Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
“Art in the San Francisco Bay Area,” Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
“Teachers and their Pupils, Introductions ’85,” Anna Gardner Gallery, Stinson Beach, CA
Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
“Aspects of Constructivism,” Atrium Gallery, New York, NY
“Artist’s Forum,” California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1984 “Chicago Art Fair,” Chicago, IL
“California Sculpture Show,” Olympic Arts Festival; Fischer Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; C.A.P.C., Musee d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France; Staddtich Kunsthalle, Manheim, West Germany; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, England; Sonja Henies Og Niels Onsstafds Stiftesler, Hovidkodden, Norway
“Recent Acquisitions,” John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“California Deluxe,” Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FL
“Works in Bronze: a Modern Survey,” University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
1983 “Bay Area Collects,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
“Chicago Art Fair,” Chicago, IL
“CCAC: 75 Years Resource/Reservoirs,” San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
“The Planar Dimension: Geometric Abstraction by Bay Area Artists,” Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
“Selected Works,” Thomas Babeor Gallery, La Jolla, CA
“Metal & Stone: Five Sculptors,” Riva Yares Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Aldrich Foundation Museum, Ridgefield, CT
The British Museum, London, England
City of Offenbach, Germany
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA
The Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
DeSaisset Museum, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
DeYoung Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Finch College Museum, New York, NY
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England
Hartwood Acres Sculpture Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
Klingspor Museum, Offenbach, Germany
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
Kroller-Muller Museum & Sculpture garden, Otterloo, The Netherlands
La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla, CA
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Roy R. Neuberger Museum, State University of New York, Purchase, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
Newport Harbor Museum, Newport Beach, CA
Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
San Jose State University Sculpture Garden, San Jose, CA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Smalley Sculpture Garden, University of Judaism, Los Angeles, CA
Stanford Museum of Art, Stanford, CA
University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA
University of California, Irvine, CA
University of California Sculpture Garden, Los Angeles, CA
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, OH
Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, Wight Art Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
CORPORATE COMMISSIONS
American Republic Company, Des Moines, IA
Banque Lambert, Brussels, Belgium
Berkus Outdoor Collection, Santa Barbara, CA
Bishop Ranch, San Ramon, CA
Capitol Research, Los Angeles, CA
Columbia Savings, Beverly Hills, CA
Eunji Corporation, Seoul, Korea
First National Bank, Dallas, TX
First National Bank of Ohio, Columbus, OH
Hare, Brewer, & Kelley, Mountain View, CA
Hibernia Bank, San Francisco, CA
Highland Court, Orange, CA
Hughes Aircraft Company, Sunnyvale, CA
IBM Collection, NY, FL, & CA
IBM, Santa Theresa Computer Center, San Jose, CA
Koll Company, San Jose, CA
Mirabella, Los Angeles, CA
Modernes Koln, Cologne, Germany
Morgan Guarantee Trust/Euroclear Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium
Mount Zion Hospital, San Francisco, CA
National Bank of Commerce, Lincoln, NE
Neiman Marcus, Prestonwood, Dallas, TX
Nestle USA, Inc., Glendale, CA
Orbanco Building, Portland, OR
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, Newport Beach, CA
Prudential Building, Merrillville, IN
Rockefeller Collection, New York, NY
Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
The Singer Company, New York, NY
Stanley Associates, Muscatine, IA
Summa Corporation, Las Vegas, NV
Taubman Corporation, Ann Arbor, MI; Fair Oaks, VA; Reno, NV
Thurman Arnold Building, Washington, DC
Trizec, Los Angeles, CA
Walnut Creek Center, Walnut Creek, CA