Scott Benefield is an artist, educator and writer who received his MFA from Ohio State University in 1990, following a year spent in Sweden on a Fulbright-Hays grant. He is a past president of the Glass Art Society and currently serves on its Advisory Committee, and is a Board member of the Glass Society of Ireland. He has been a Fellow at the Creative Glass Center of America and an artist-in-residence at the Toledo Museum of Art; North Lands Creative Glass, Vrij Glas (Netherlands); Pittsburgh Glass Center; the Corning Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. He has taught workshops in Italian cane techniques at the Penland School of Crafts, the Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the National College of Art and Design (Ireland), the Glass Furnace (Turkey) and was a visiting scholar at Osaka University of the Arts in 2009. He was the recipient of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) award in 2013, and was awarded the Rosemary James Memorial Bursary in 2015 by the Arts Council of Ireland.

SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2017 “British Glass Biennale,” (head of jury, invited artist), International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, England.
“Irish Glass Biennial 2017,” National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Ireland.
“136th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.
“Made 2017,” (invited artist), Craft & Design Collective, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“The State of Glass Art,” Hawk Gallery, Columbus, OH.
“Making Our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists,” Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA.
“Synergy II,” London Glassblowing, London, England.
“Projects DCQ,” Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“Paragon,:” SpaceCRAFT, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“The Mayor’s Exhibition,” Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Coleraine, Northern Ireland. “Jugs,” Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland.
2016   “Design Ireland at Heal’s”, Heal & Sons, London, England. “Bravura,” Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford, Ireland.
“135th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. “Into the Blue,” Verling Fine Art, Blackrock, Ireland.
2015   “British Glass Biennale,” International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, England. “Make/Create”, Crypt Gallery, London, England.
“Drawing,” National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England.
“Glass @ Solomon,” Solomon Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland.
“Irish Year of Design,” Brown Thomas, Dublin, Ireland.
“Summer Show,” Greenacres Gallery, Selskar, Ireland.
“The Work of the Glassmaker,” Cill Rialaig Art Centre, Ballinskelligs, Ireland. “Essence,” London Glassblowing Studio, London, England.
“Summer Show,” Vessel Gallery, London, England.
“Autumn Craft Collection 2015, “ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, England.
“Annual Exhibition,” Greenacres Gallery, Selskar, Ireland.
“SOLAS,” National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin; Hunt Museum, Limerick; Greyfriars Gallery, Waterford.
“Ó,” Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Tent London, London: National Craft Gallery,
Kilkenny, Ireland.
“East-West Art Award Competition 2015,” London.
“134th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. “Innovation Boost,’ North Down Museum, Bangor, Northern Ireland.
2014   “CultureCraft,” National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. “Spectrum,” The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
“Vetro,” London Glassblowing Studio, London, England.
“Vrij Glas: Retrospective,” Galerie Sous Terre, Aalsmeer, Netherlands.
“A Glass Act,” Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, UK.
“Legacy,” Shanghai University Museum, Shanghai, China.
Contemporary Glass Society showcase, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England.
“Glass! From the Creative Glass Center of America at WheatonArts,” Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ “Weathering,” Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Tent London, London; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China.
“133rd Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. “Irish Craft Portfolio,” Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
“Vessels,” Making Space, Havant, Hampshire, England.
“Winter Exhibition,” Verling Fine Art, Dundalk, Ireland.
2013   “Lattimo: Compositions,” (one-person show), Custom House Studios, Westport, Ireland. “Hot Glass!” Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK.
“New Glass: Ancient Skill, Contemporary Art Form,” Blackwell House, Bowness-on-Windemere, UK. “Perspective,” Craft Central, Clerkenwell Green, London, UK.
“Gather,” Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China.
“132nd Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK.
“Best of the Best,” Art in Action, Waterperry, UK. “Bund 18,” Shanghai Art Fair. Shanghai, China.
“Three x 3,” Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland.
“CultureCraft,” London Street Gallery, Derry, UK; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland. “Irish Craft Portfolio,” Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
2012   “Engaging with Glass,” William Traver Gallery, Tacoma, WA.
“50 Year of American Studio Glass,” Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, Louisville, KY. “131st Annual Exhibition of the Royal Ulster Academy,” Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK. “Irish Craft Portfolio,” Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery, Dublin, Ireland.
“National Crafts Competition,” Royal Dublin Society
“Three x 3,” Engine Room Gallery, Belfast, UK; Ards Art Centre, Newtownards, UK. “Patterns,” Kilgraney Studio Gallery, Baganalstown, Co. Carlow, Ireland.
“British Craft Trade Fair” Harrogate, UK.
2011   “4th International Glass Festival,” Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. “Three x 3,” Flowerfield Art Centre, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
“10 x 10,” Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
“Living with Glass,” Vessel Gallery, London, UK.
“Origin,” Old Spitalfields Market, London, UK.
“Contemporary Glass,” Belfry Art Centre, Overstrand, UK.
“Engaging with Glass,” Solstice Art Centre, Navan, Ireland.
“Craft in Northern Ireland,” Braid Museum, Ballymena, Northern Ireland. “Magic Lantern,” Rye Art Gallery, Rye, UK.
2010   “Three x 3,” Signal Art Gallery, Bray, Ireland
“Three x 3,” Craft Northern Ireland Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
“Contemporary Glass,” Belfry Art Centre, Overstrand, UK.
2009   “OSU Alumni Show,” Faculty Club, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
2008   “Window On to Studio Glass”, Flowerfield Art Centre, Portstewart, Northern Ireland. “Glass Connections: An Extended Community,” Flame Run Gallery, Louisville, KY.
2007   “Bespoke”, (one-person show), Vetri, Seattle, WA. “Murrine Mystique”, Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO.
Faculty Show, Haystack Mt. School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME.
2006  “North American Glass 2006,” Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT. Juror: James Mongrain. “The Fires Burn On,” Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ.
“Reflections: A Decade of North Lands Creative Glass,” Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland.
2005   “Annual Pilchuck Glass Exhibition,” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.
2004   “Get Rhythm,” Royal Cameo Glass, New Orleans, LA.
2003   “Crafts National 2003”, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA. Juror: Holly Hotchner. “20/20 Vision,” Museum of American Glass, Millville, NJ. Curator: Suzanne Frantz.
2001-2002   “Fellows,” Gallery of American Craft at Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ.
1999   “Scott Benefield,” (one-person show) Galerie L, Hamburg, Germany.
“GAS Board of Directors Exhibition,” Smith Glasshouse Gallery, Tampa, FL.
“PA ‘74 Alumni/ae Art Show,” Phillips Academy, Andover, MA. “Glass Show,” Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison, WI
1998   “Pilchuck,” Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA. “Passion Afire,” City Centre, Seattle, WA.
“Clearly Magic,” Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, Port Angeles, WA.
1997   “Pilchuck,” Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA. “Manpower,” Earth & Fire Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
“Dinner for Two,” Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass, Tucson, AZ. 1996 “Pilchuck,” Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA.
1995   “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA. “Vetropolis,” Delgado Gallery, New Orleans, LA.
“Pilchuck,” Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA.
1994 “Pilchuck,” William Traver Gallery, Seattle, WA.
“Wonderkammer,” Rena Branston Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
“The Art of Glass Multiples,” The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA.
1993   “Glass and Iron,” Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA.
“Contemporary Crafts in the Urban Environment,” New Orleans Museum of Art.
1992   “Scott Benefield: Sculpture,” (one-person show), Place St. Charles Gallery, New Orleans, LA.