Ben Benedict has been a recognized professional visual artist and arts writer/critic, cultural leader, consultant and activist within London and area since graduating Western University in 1993, a career and lifestyle goal made while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and having received the Grade 12 English and Chemistry Awards. Today his experiences and expertise can be seen throughout South-western Ontario.
As a visual artist he has participated and been juried into both group and solo exhibitions throughout South-western Ontario including Bright’s Grove, Hamilton, London, Port Stanley, Sarnia, St. Thomas, Toronto, and Woodstock since 1992 and continues to based on reputation and skill. Ben Benedict received an Exhibition Assistance Grant from the Ontario Arts Council in 2010 and 2013.
Ben Benedict’s exhibitions continue to receive media attention and has appeared in ArtSCAPE Magazine, The Beat Magazine, London Free Press, London Metro, and The Sarnai Observer. His work was used in the poster for exhibiton In Good Company: Profile. As a result of my successful participation in the first Culture Days Canada event in 2010, I was the only visual artist in Canada mentioned by name in the organization’s final national media release. My Culture Days Canada efforts in 2011 gained me a cover photo of the London Free Press. Ben Benedict was also honoured with a commission from the London Arts Council and the Canadian Conference on Epigenetics in April 2011 as a participant in the Epigenetics EH! Conference, which now is in the City of London’s collection.
Ben Benedict’s creativity and insights have also supported a number of organizations and causes through either a direct donation of art work or through engaged participation in fund raising events. Donations of art have supported Gallery Lambton, Sarnia, Ontario; Camp Wendake; Community Living London; Neighbourhood WATCH London; the Unity Project; the London Children’s Museum; Forest City Gallery; and Engineers Without Borders at Western University. He is a CARFAC Ontario member and advocate of the cultural and economic issues affecting artists today.
Ben Benedict has also been honoured to jury a number of events and awards on behalf of including the Western Fair District, The Lambeth Art Association, Home County Folk Festival, Expressions in Chalk, and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).
As a curator beginning in 2002, Ben Benedict has developed the Pride London Festival Annual Art Exhibition into a provincially recognized juried exhibition while working with curators and artists from across the province to where in 2011, the 20th anniversary of the exhibition and my tenth year as curator, it featured an international component with UK Video Artist Hannah Beadman’s (www.hannahbeadman.blogspot.ca/) work Homecoming and Tatyana & Vera in ‘Underground Forest’ aka ‘A Woodcutter’s Tale’. This opportunity lead to a curatorial exploration of landscape in the context of regionalism where in February/March 2013 I present Inventive Women: Re-Interpreting the Canadian Landscape at the Woodstock Art Gallery including a catalogue and the historical works of Florence Carlyle (1864-1923) as well as contemporary artists Isabella Stefanescu, Kitchener; Ruth E Strebe, London; Christine Brandon, Mooretown/Espanola; Rebecca Gillen, Woodstock; and Josy Britton, Grand Bend.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Ben Benedict continues to hone his skills through workshops and training including taking the Artist-Educator Foundations Course through The Royal Conservatory, Toronto, ON. He has participated in a Conservation of Installation Art Workshop by Arianne Vanrell, Department of Conservation-Restoration at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, hosted at Museum London in 2012, and Curating from the Permanent Collection sponsored by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and hosted at the Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery in 2014.
Noted for his exceptional compassionate, insightful, and personal approach to interviewing, he has also been recognized as one of London’s leading writers with well over 1,000 publishing credits including writing for magazines, newspapers, specialty publications, marketing content, and broadcast media. As a testament to Ben Benedict’s marketing, communications, and public relations skills, he has taught the Introduction to Public Relations and Corporate Communications (PBRL-6011) and an advance class, Specializations in Public Relations (PBRL-6013) through Continuing Education at Fanshawe College. As a consultant on culture, Ben Benedict has been fortunate to work with a number of different organizations on strategic reorganization including The Brush and Palette Club, The Brickenden Theatre Awards Organizing Committee, McIntosh Gallery Strategic Planning Committee, and the Forest City Gallery. In 2007 Ben Benedict joined the City of London’s Creative City Committee as a community representative and assisting in the development of London’s Cultural Prosperity Master Plan, and Public Art Policy, until the committee was wound down in 2013.
With this growing expertise in culture as a visual artist, writer, and experienced entrepreneurial consultant, outside of London Ben Benedict continues to be recognized for his cultural expertise assisting with the Schulich School of Business, York University’s SIFE York program on the development of a Business of Art day long workshop in 2012 and Keynote Speaker in 2013.
Ben Benedict is an increasingly sought after public speaker on the Business of the Arts based on his experience and unwavering professionalism in public relations, organization and community development, writing and publishing, visual arts and culture in Ontario. As an engaging public speaker and Master of Ceremonies he has presented to groups from three to over three thousand, introducing dignitaries and welcoming audiences to numerous events.
Past visual arts presentation topics have included PR and Community Volunteerism for Art For All Canada’s 3rd Annual Conference and Our Changing World at the 5th Annual Conference. The Business of the Arts on behalf of SIFE York students at the Schulich School of Business, York University in 2012 as well as delivering their Keynote Address in 2013. Additional presentations include Social Media and the Arts on The Other 90 Percent required outside the studio; and Curating and Promoting exhibitions. For the Professional Writers’ Association of Canada Toronto Chapter& the Editors’ Association of Canada Toronto Branch, Building your Freelance Business: Facilitator, Managing Your Brand in January 2013. Guest appearances have included the Writing for Publication class at Western University, and as a visual artist at the Epigenetics EH Conference in 2011 and at Infrastructure Ontario Property Services’ (CBRE) Art of Recycling event at the Ontario Police College.
In 2012, Ben Benedict was recognized as a Trail Blazer by Pride London Festival, an organization he helped co-found based on his years of developing and supporting diversity and culture within London.
Ben Benedict believes in mentoring and provides a number of professional services to other creative professionals through Benedict Creative Communications, a writing/editing and public relations firm, he established in 2005. Past clients include business and business professionals, cultural groups, individual artists, sporting and nonprofit organizations, and a Member of Parliament. For more information visit Benedict Creative Communications.
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“I admire how you mentor and promote fellow artists.” Josy Britton, Visual Artist, Ailsa Craig