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GARY WAYNE BENNA

2 N Sierra Vista Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520)323-3626 / phone and fax
e-mail benok@azstarnet.com

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION:

Master's of Fine Arts in Ceramics
University of Arizona 1987

Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
Iowa State University 1975

PROFESSIONAL
EXPERIENCE
:
3-d Instructor
Sahuaro High School
Tucson, AZ 1999 -present

Art Teacher
WakefieLds Middle School
Tucson, AZ 1998 - 1999
Department Head - Ceramics
Pima Community College
Tucson, AZ 1997-98

Teaching:
Beginning Ceramics Teacher
September 1986 - June 1987
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Teaching Assistantship


Undergraduate Drawing Teacher
September 1978 - June 1979
Metropolitan-Technical Community College
Omaha, NE

Ceramics Teacher Adult Education
September 1980 - June 1982
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA

Art Teacher Grades 7-9
September 1977 - June 1982
Council Bluffs Public Schools
Council Bluffs, IA

Art Teacher Grades 4-12
September 1976 - June 1977
Midland Community Schools
Wyoming, IA

Art Teacher Grades K-6
September 1984 - June 1985
Sunnyside Unified School District
Tucson, AZ

Art Teacher Grades 6-8
March 1988 - present
Tucson Unified School District
Tucson, AZ



OTHER:
Board Member
Dinnerware Artist's Cooperative Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1987-Present

Curator
Three WESTAF Winner Installations
Tucson, AZ 1992

Panelist
Selection of Artist-in-Residence Participants
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Phoenix, AZ 1991, 1993


Curator
The Human Form as Mythical Vessel
National Figurative Ceramics Invitational
Tucson, AZ 1990

Board Member- President 1994-1995
Tucson Visiting Artist Consortium
Tucson, AZ 1989-Present

Vice-President
Dinnerware Artists Cooperative Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1989-1990

President
Dinnerware Artists Cooperative Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1990-1991 1995-96

Curator
WESTAF Winners Exhibition
"Concept to Completion"
Dinnerware Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1995-

Coordinator
"Views From Japan"
International Photography Exhibition
Dinnerware Gallery
Traveling Through ACA
Tucson, AZ 1994

Facilitator
"Revered Earth"
National Traveling Exhibition
Dinnerware Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1991

OTHER: Juror - Pima Comm. College
Student Exhibition - 1997

Panelist - Tucson/Pima Arts Council
Visual Arts Fellowship - 1996
Steering Committee Member
Downtown Open Air Market
Tucson,, AZ 1989-1990

Coordinator Ceramic Event
Three Shows and Workshop
Southern Arizona Clay Artists
Tucson, AZ 1988-89

Juror-University of Arizona Student Art Exhibition
Tucson, AZ 1988

Co-Chair
Southern Arizona Clay Artists, Inc.
Tucson, AZ 1988

Coordinator Volunteers Grades 9-12
Summers 1983 and 1984
Tucson Parks and Recreation
Tucson, AZ



EXHIBITIONS:

International:
"Interpretations of the Vessel"
Traveling Exhibition - Italy
Curator- Dr. Bojani, International Ceramics Museum
Faenza, Italy 1997

XI Biennial French International Ceramics Exhibition
France, 1988

"Fired, Baked, and Fried" Scottsdale Art Center -International
Scottsdale, AZ 1989

National:

"Hot Tea" a Teapot Exhibition
del Mano Gallery
Los Angeles, CA 1999

NCECA National Ceramics Exhibition
UNLV Barrick Museum
Las Vegas, NV 1997

Monarch National Ceramic Competition
Kennedy-Douglas Center For The Arts
Florence, AL 1996

Crafts National 30 - Award Winner
Penn State University
University Park, PA 1996

"Feats Of Clay"
Lincoln Arts Center
Lincoln CA 1996

Crafts National 28, Award Winner
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia, PA 1994
Crafts National 26
Pennsylvania State University
Philadelphia, PA 1992

The Human Form As Mythical Vessel
National Ceramic Invitational
Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, AZ 1991

Anesthetics '90
McPherson, KS 1990
12th Annual Vahki National
Mesa, AZ 1990

"What's New In Art" Invitational
Galesburg, IL 1988

Contemporary Teapot 200
Springfield, IL 1987

"Masks" 1987
Springfield, IL 1987
Small Works in Clay
Poughkeepsie, NY 1986

Artwest Open
Jackson, WY 1986

NCECA Student Show
San Antonio, TX 1986


Regional:
"From the Ground Up", Merit Award
New Mexico Clay Association
Las Cruces, NM 1996
Dinnerware Members' Exhibition
Yuma, AZ 1992

Three Person Alumni Winner's Exhibition
Tucson, Arizona 1988

Wood, Fiber, Clay
Flagstaff, AZ 1987

21st Southwest Invitational
Yuma, AZ 1987 Traveling Exhibition

Clay in '87
Albuquerque, N.M. 1987

Dinnerware Juried Exhibition
Tucson, AZ 1987

Iowa State University Alumni
Ames, IA 1979
State:
All-Az Clay - First Place
Sheemer Art Center
Phoenix, AZ 1997

Dinnerware at Marrs Art Space
Phoenix, AZ 1993

CityArts
One Person Invitational
Phoenix, AZ 1992

University of Arizona Alumni Exhibition
Tucson, AZ 1991

Arizona Invitational
Flagstaff, AZ 1989

"All Fired Up" University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson, AZ 1989 - 2nd Place

University of Arizona Alumni Exhibition
Best of Show
Tucson, AZ 1987

Iowa State Fair Art Show
Des Moines, IA 1980

Iowa Teacher's Art Show
Cedar Rapids, IA 1979
Iowa City, IA 1980


Local:
"Tucson Collection"
Davis/Dominguez Gallery
June - Aug. 1997

"I'm Here Now Because Of Where I've Been"
Three Person Exhibition
Dinnerware Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1993

"Just Clay"
Three Person Exhibition
Dinnerware Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1992

Impressions II
Impressions Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1991 and 1992

"American Saints Up/Praised"
One Person Exhibition
University of Arizona Museum of Art
Tucson, Az 1991

Three Person Exhibition
Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1990

Two Person Exhibition
Dinnerware Artists' Cooperative Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1989

Featured Artist
Obsidian Gallery
Tucson, AZ 1989

Clay Goes Downtown
Tucson, AZ 1988

Three Person Invitational
Pima Community College 1987
Too Hot to Handle
Tucson, AZ 1987

Tucson Parks and Recreation Art Show
Tucson, AZ 1984 and 1986

Clay Art in the Park
Tucson, AZ 1986

Cosmic Images Show
Tucson, AZ 1986

Earth, Wind, and Fire
Tucson, AZ 1985


GRANTS /AWARDS;
ALL-AZ CLAY - First Place - $300 - 1997
Feats of Clay, Purchase Award - $1200 - 1996
From The Ground Up Merit Award - $75_1996
Crafts National 30, Award Winner - $300-1996
Crafts National 28, Award Winner- $300-1994
Tucson/Pima Art Council Fellowship - $3000-1994
Arizona Arts Award, Tucson Community Foundation Nomination Award $1000 - 1992
Second Place, Southern Arizona Clay Artists'Juried Exhibition - 1992
Business Week Innovative Teaching Award - 1990
Education Enrichment Fund Materials Grant - 1990 and 1993
Second Place, Arizona State Juried ceramics Exhibition - 1990
Arizona Commission on the Arts Travel Grant 1988, 1989
Arizona Commission on the Arts-Project Grant - 1988
Tucson Community Foundation-Project Grant - 1988
Tucson/Pima Arts Council-Operating Grant - 1988


HONORS:
Tucson/Pima Arts Council Fellowship Panelist-1996

Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants Panelist
Artists in Residence-1991 and 1993
Dean's List; Teaching Assistantship 1986-1987
Performance raise during Teaching Assistantship 1987
Sponsored Projects Registration Waiver 1987
Winner Univ. of Arizona Alumni Ehibition 1987

PUBLICATIONS/
TV SPOTS;

The Best of New Ceramic Art
Hand Books Inc. 1997

"Battle For The NEA"
Tucson Citizen
Tucson, AZ

"I'm Here Now Because Of Where I've been"
Charlotte Lowe
Tucson Citizen, December 9, 1993
Tucson, AZ

"Objects"
Daily Wildcat, March 15, 1993
Tucson, AZ

Art In America, October 1992
Report From Tucson
Foothills News, Yuma, September 1992
Dinnerware Gallery Exhibition

Arizona Illustrated Television, July 16,1992
Censorship

Arizona Illustrated Television, July 9, 1992
"Just Clay"

Tucson Citizen, February 28, 1991 Charlotte Lowe

Tucson Weekly, February 20,1991
"American Saints Up/Praised"

Arizona Illustrated Television, Feb. 12,1991
American Saints Up/Praised

Channel 9 Stepping Out, Feb. 8, 1991
American Saints Up/Praised
Arizona Daily Wildcat, February 23, 1990
Karen Idelson

Miracles, Media Part of Gallery Show
Dateline Downtown, February 1990

Tucson Weekly, February 14, 1990

Phoenix New Times, February 14, 1990
Vahki National, Pamela Portwood

Arizona Illustrated Television, June 6, 1989
Gary Benna-Laura Lafave

Arizona Daily Wildcat, October 16, 1989
Artist Brings Engineering to His Work
Karen Idelson

Ceramics Monthly, May-June 1989
Arizona Clay Celebration
Arizona Daily Wildcat, March 1, 1989
New Exhibit Moves Ceramics Off the Table
Karen Idelson

Show Catalog, February 1989
All Fired Up

Arizona Daily Wildcat, October 11, 1988
Exhibition Displays Contrasting Art of Alumni
Karen Idelson

Arizona Daily Star, October 9, 1988
Three Artists Show Growth in UA Alumni Winners Exhibition
Robert Cauthorn

Arizona Daily Star, April 20, 1987
Graduate Exhibition-Robert Cauthorn
Artists Comment on Beauty,
Violence, Human Relations
Jenny Thompson,
Daily Wildcat, April 16, 1987

Clay Has Unexpected Variety
Jenny Thompson
Arizona Daily Wildcat, April 30, 1987

Tucson Citizen, April 16, 1987

Chromophobia, Spring 1987

Arizona Daily Wildcat, December 3, 1986
"Psychotic Cabaret" Leads Exhibit
Jeffrey Brodhead

COLLECTIONS;

CityArts, Phoenix, AZ
Spencer Gifford, Tucson, AZ Jamret Yavkoolbodi, Buffalo, New York
Alan Radin, Scottsdale, AZ
Lois Hollander, Highland Oak, IL
Dr. Steven Rubens, Tucson, AZ
Lawrence Kenetski, Philadelphia, PA
Howard Hotzman and Assoc. Architects, Chicago, IL
Mel Ritter, Tucson, AZ
Richard Essey, San Francisco, CA


WORKSHOPS
ATTENDED
;

Judy Moonelis
Tucson Museum of Art 1990

Don Reitz
University of Arizona 1989

James Tanner
University of Arizona 1988

Aurore Chabot
University of Arizona 1987
Collin Pearson
University of Arizona 1987

Robin Hopper
University of Arizona 1986

Mark Burns
University of Arizona 1986

David Keyes
University of Arizona 1985


CONFERENCES
ATTENDED
;

NCECA National Conference
San Antonio, TX 1986
Syracuse, NY 1987
Portland, OR 1988
Kansas City, KS 1989
Phoenix, AZ 1991
San Diego, CA 1993
Las Vegas, NV 1997

PROFESSIONAL
AFFILIATIONS
:

Member National Council on Education for the
for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)
Member Southern Arizona Clay Artists (SACA)
Member Tucson Museum of Art Association
Member Tucson Arts Coalition
Selected Member of Dinnerware Artist Cooperative

COMMUNITY
INVOLVEMENT
:

Cross Country Volunteer Coach, Arizona
School for the Deaf and Blind, 1982 and 1983
Diet Pepsi 10k race, 1984 and 1985


EMPLOYMENT
: Five Bridges ceramic cup manufacturer, Tucson AZ 1987 Volunteer Coordinator, Tucson Parks and Recreation, Tucson, AZ 1983 and 1984; Children's Ceramics Teacher, Tucson Parks and Recreation, Tucson, AZ 1986 and 1987.

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