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painter , printmaker , sculptor , mask ritualist

Suzanne Benton, American sculptor, mask ritualist, printmaker, painter.


Benton, Suzanne was born on January 21, 1936 in New York City. Daughter of Alex and Florence (Matkoff) Elkins.


Bachelor in Fine Arts, Queens College, 1956.


Slide lecturer Loomis School, Windsor, Connecticut, 2007, Westminster School, Simsbury, Connecticut, 2008.


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    • Creator Mask Ritual Theatre, over 220 mask ritual performances throughout United States and world. Performance at Woudschoten, Ziest, Holland, 1982. Presentation at Geilsdorfer Gallery, Cologne, Germany, 1982.

      3-day workshop in maskmaking and storytelling, London, 1982. Artist Winter-Term Project, Oberlin College, Ohio, 1983. Affiliate Image Theatre New York City.

      Guide Art and Mythology tour of Greece, 1985, Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, Connecticut, 1999, Artist Studio, Asilah, Morocco, 2000, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, Woodstock, New York, 2001, Custom House Studios, Westport County Mayo, Ireland, 2003, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico, 2006. Lecturer numerous workshops and seminars, Master Printer, Monothon, Center Contemporary Printmaking, South Norwalk, Connecticut, 2007. One-woman shows of sculpture include Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1975, International Christian College, Tokyo, 1976, Chemould Gallery, Bombay, 1977, Hellenic American Union, Athens, 1977, International House, New Orleans, 1978, BITEF International Theatre Festival, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1978, Condon Gallery, New York City, 1981, Korean Cultural Service Galleries, New York City, 1982, Gallerie Fuchs, Dusseldorf, 1983, Amerika Haus, Koln, West Germany, 1984, Kent School, Connecticut, 1984, Union American Hebrew Congregation Bldg, 1984, Amerika Haus, Stuttgart, 1986, 88, 89, Fairfield Library.

      , Connecticut, 1986, Asia Society, New York City, 1986, Image Theatre, New York City, 1988, C.G. Jung Center, New York City, 1988, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, 1989, Spectrum Center, London, 1987, Silo, New Milford, Connecticut, 1976,87, 2004, Royals and Robots, New Art Laboratory, Hong Kong, Monoprints & Encaustics, Picture This, Westport, Connecticut, 2009. One-woman shows of sculpture and printmaking Interchurch Center, New York City, 1988, 89, After 2000, The Sue and Eugene Mercy, Junior Gallery, The Loomis Chaffee Sch, Windsor, Connecticut, 2007, Gutman Library., Harvard University, 2001, PMW Gallery, Stamford, 2002.

      Retrospective exhibition sculpture, painting and printmaking Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, 2003, Kealer Tavern Museum, Ridgefield Court, 2008, Queens College Art Center, City University of New York, Queens, 2005, Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida, 2006, guest artist, 2006, 07, 08, 09, 10, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, since 2006, Myterious Forces Curtis Gallery, 2010. Group shows include United States Information Service, Eastern Europe, 1971-1975, Stamford Museum, Connecticut, 1976, Expo '74, Seattle, National Sculpture Conference, Kansas University, 1974, Joods History Museum, Amsterdam, 1986, Women's Studio Workshop, 1988, Hunterdon Art Center, Clinton, New Jersey, 1988, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1988, On the Wall, Est Village, New York City, 1988, 89, Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Canaan, Connecticut, 2007, 08, 09, Housatonic Museum Art, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2007, Center Contemporary Printmaking, South Norwalk, Connecticut, 2006-2008, Echo, 2010, 22 Haviland St., South Norwalk, 2008, Recent Acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary Prints, Museum Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2009. Mask tale performance Festival of Arts, Connecticut, 2007.

      Author: The Art of Welded Sculpture, 1975. (inaugural exhibit) New Art Lab, Hong Kong, 2008-2009, others.


National coordinator National Organization of Women Women in the Arts, 1973—1976. Convenor Connecticut Feminists in the Arts, 1970—1972. Artistic and managing director Positive Power, Women's Caucus of Art, 2000—2002.

Co-chair Salute to Feminists in the Arts, Veterinary Feminists of America, 2003. Board member Michael Chelhav International Theatre Festival, since 2009. Member of Silvermine Guild of Art, National Association Women Artists (Amelia Peabody award 1979), National Korean Women's Sculpture Association (honorary), Adams House, Harvard University (honorary associate 2002-2006).


Children: Daniel, Janet.

Alex Elkins

Florence (Matkoff) Elkins

Daniel Benton

Janet Benton