Charles Beneke teaches Foundation 2D Design and all levels of Printmaking. He is the 2D Area Coordinator within the Foundation Program and the Foundation Division Chair. He is the current Vice President of the Mid America Print Council. He graduated from Kenyon College in May of 1990 with a B.A. in Art and Psychology. After working as a graphic designer and art director 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. Prior to teaching at the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art he was an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wyoming.
Beneke’s work investigates the continuous process of consumption, both physical and perceptual, that is fundamental to our existence and grounding of our place in the world. With influences ranging from landscape to food, his images explore the fusion of diverse elements forming the meals that sustain our souls. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Kent State University Trumbull Campus, Warren, Ohio; Suffolk Cultural Art Center in Suffolk, Virginia; New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas; Zygote Press, Cleveland, Ohio; and Dell Gallery, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia and group exhibitions at Summit ArtSpace, Akron, Ohio; Columbia College Chicago Center for the Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, Illinois; Crandall Gallery, Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio; Hayden Art Center, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska; and The American University in Cairo, Cairo Egypt.
MFA University of Connecticut, BA Kenyon College