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Manya

Dublin Core

Title

Manya

Creator

Suzanne Benton

Source

Ridgefield Authors. "Suzanne Benton."
http://ridgefieldauthors.wikispaces.com/Benton%2C+Suzanne

Format

20 x 18 inches

Identifier

18

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Biography

Artist Suzanne Benton uses the peoples of the world as both sources of her inspiration and the audiences for her creations. Her specialty is sculpting metal masks, which she uses with myths and legends to tell stories. Ms. Benton has studied in Asia (under a Fulbright), Africa and Europe, has given performances and workshops in 28 countries, and was an artist in residence at Harvard University. A skilled metal sculptor, she has written a book, The Art of Welded Sculpture, and many articles on the subject, but is also a printmaker and painter. Her masks have appeared in more than 40 solo shows (she has had, in all, over 250 solo shows) and are in many museum and private collections. Ms. Benton joined the League of Women Voters soon after moving here in 1965. "I headed the public accommodations task force and got myself into hot water with many townspeople by advocating the need for low-income housing," she said years later. An active feminist both locally and nationally, especially in the 1970s, she was the moving force behind the creation of the Ridgefield Women’s Political Caucus, and worked to help women win elective office, including Lillian Moorhead, Ridgefield’s first female selectman. In 1996, the Veteran Feminists of America honored her as a pioneering feminist. Locally, she has given mask, storytelling, and sculpture programs in the schools and at the Aldrich Museum. Since 1982, she has been a member of the town’s Architectural Advisory Committee, which offers advice on major planned construction projects.

Category

WSPAC

Media

sculpture

Media Details

Welded Metal Mask

Signature Position

On reverse, Signed and dated 1976 and made in Korea, #359

Donor

Mr. and Mrs. Julius Gold, 3470 Congress Street, Fairfield, CT, 06824 (203) 259-1581

Citation

Suzanne Benton, “Manya,” Westport Public Schools Digital Collections, accessed November 18, 2019, https://collections.westportps.org/items/show/40.

Item Relations

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