Charles Beneke earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Kenyon College in 1990. After working as a graphic designer in New York City for four years, he attended The University of Connecticut where he received his Masters in Fine Arts in Printmaking and Mixed-media in 1996. Beneke was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming from 1997 to 2001 where he taught Foundations. He is currently a professor of art at The University of Akron Myers School of Art at in Akron, Ohio where he is the printmaking area coordinator. He was the 2008-10 president of the Mid America Print Council and now serves as the webmaster for MAPC and the design liaison of The Mid America Print Council Journal. He is currently a Member-at-Large on the board of the Southern Graphics Council International and serves on the advisory board of The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland, Ohio. His work in a broad range of print media, painting, video, and installation addresses global warming, urging the viewer to confront his/her role in the fragile state of the world environment. Beneke’s work is included in numerous national and international collections including La Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid, Spain; The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt; The Frederick and Laura Ruth Bidwell, Peninsula, Ohio; and The Turner Print Museum, California State University Chico, Chico California. Recent exhibitions include The East Coast Screenprint Biennial, Arts Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY; OH Letterpress, The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, Ohio; DI CARTA / PAPERMADE Biennial International Papermade Art Work Exhibition, Palazzo Fogazzaro, Schio, Italy; Under Pressure: Contemporary Printmaking and Changing Landscapes, Meramec Gallery of Contemporary Art, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, Missouri; and Charles Beneke: Accumulation, an Installation in Two Parts, The Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, California.
MFA University of Connecticut, BA Kenyon College