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artist , educator , psychotherapist

Denita Maree Benyshek, American Artist, educator. Kansas Board Regents scholar, 1973-1978, Miller Art scholar, 1975-1979; 2001Corp. grantee, 1988, Endyesha Foundation grantee, Binney & Smith, Inc. grantee, 1994, 95, Ucross Foundation, Wyoming, 1984; U. Washington W.W. Stout fellow, 1994-1995.


Benyshek, Denita Maree was born on November 24, 1955 in Belleville, Kansas, United States. Daughter of Eldon Ray and Marian Frances (Filipi) Benyshek.


Bachelor of Fine Arts magna cum laude, Wichita State University, Kansas, 1979. Student, Pilchuck Glass School, Washington, 1994. Master of Fine Arts in Painting, University Washington, Seattle, 1995.

Marriage and Family Therapy Master of Arts in Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School, 2004.


Lecturer University Alaska, Fairbanks, 1984-1988. Art instructor Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, 1989-1997. Adjunct professor North Seattle Community College, 1995-1997.

Intern Federal Way Youth and Family Services, Washington, 2003—2004. Private practice specializing in creative and artistic individuals. Performance artist "Farewell Rose", University North Iowa, 1982, "Deerfield", McPherson College, 1983.

Artist-in-residence Young & Associates, Alaskan bush, 1983-1996. Visiting artist College Folk Arts and Culture, Pskov, Russia, 1993. Grant panel juror King County Arts Commission, Seattle, 1991, Seattle Arts Commission, 1991, 96.

Program director Artists Unlimited, Seattle, 1989-1990. Member advisory board Works of Heart, Wichita, Kansas, 2005. Member public art commission Alpine Lakes Wilderness Society, Point Park, Washington, 2007.


  • Certified in creative studies Saybrook Graduate School, 2009.


  • Other Work

    • Artist over 50 national, juried exhibits including: Redefining Visionary Art, New York City, 1989, Paint and Glass, Tucson, 1995, Whatcom Museum History and Art, Bellingham, Washington, 1996, Bellevue Art Museum, 1996. 18 solo exhibits including: Anderson Glover Gallery, Kirkland, Washington, 1997. Permanent collections include Glasmuseet, Ebeltoft, Denmark, Culture Heritage Collection Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, King County Arts Commission, Washington, Public Arts Commission, Olympia, Washington, University Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Oberlin College, Ohio.

      Author: Season of Dead Water, 1990. Library special collections Women's Studies Seal Press Archives, Oberlin College, 2005.


Director Northwest Women Artists Lecture Series, Seattle, 1991. Member curatorial committee Ulrich Museum Arts, Wichita, 1975-1979. Board directors Women in the Arts, Wichita, 1983-1985.

Member American Psychological Association, American Association Marriage and Family Therapists, Artist Trust, moveon.org, Foundation for Shamanic Studies.


  • Other Interests

    Gardening, hiking, ecopsychology, birdwatching, camping.


Daughter of Eldon Ray and Marian Frances (Filipi) Benyshek;Life Partner Rick McGvire. 1 child, Hans.

Eldon Ray Benyshek

Marian Frances (Filipi) Benyshek

Menno Van Wyk