Benedict, Gail

CHAA Gail Benedict "Circle of Life"
"Circle of Life" (Acrylic)

"Freedom or Chaos" (Acrylic)

"Taking the Good with the Bad" (Acrylic) Triptych Part 1

"Taking the Good with the Bad" (Acrylic) Triptych Part 2

"Taking the Good with the Bad" (Acrylic) Triptych Part 3

CHAA Gail Benedict "Horizon"
"Horizon" (Acrylic)

CHAA Gail Benedict "Remover of Obstacles"
"Remover of Obstacles" (Acrylic)

CHAA Gail Benedict "Seeing"
"Seeing" (Acrylic)

CHAA Gail Benedict "Kitty Dreams of Fairy Dust"
"Kitty Dreams of Fairy Dust" (Acrylic)

CHAA Gail Benedict "Dusk in the Sierras"
"Dusk in the Sierras" (Acrylic)


CHAA Gail Benedict "Windows"
"Windows" (Acrylic)


Gail Miles Benedict is a fine arts painter who moved from her hometown of San Diego to Merced in 2001. Her painting style has moved in the direction of surrealism and symbolism, sometimes incorporating collage. She says, "The 'voice' of an artist can evolve over time with a gradual change in style, subject matter, and media. Recently, I have noticed a change in my voice . . . moving away from nature's beauty to a need to describe the emotions that reside in me. Fear, frustration, confusion and sadness are feeling that, if exposed, leave us vulnerable to harm, and even worse, judgment. I therefore place my soul in your hands for inspection and judgment".

Gail is retired from the University of California, Merced where she was co-founder of the arts presenting program, "Arts UC Merced Presents . . ." and coordinated the annual UC Merced Bobcat Family Art Show. She is the recipient of the Merced County Art Council's annual "Arts Angel Award" in 2009. Gail represents UC Merced in the Merced County Performing Arts Presenters Coalition dedicated to promoting arts presenting organizations in Merced County.

gail.benedict1@gmail.com

www.facebook.com/GailBenedictArtStudio



Education

2003-2006        Merced Community College, Art Major
1974-76            San Diego Mesa College, A.S.
1973-74            California State University San Diego

Employment, Societies and Memberships

2001-2016       Producing Manager, "Arts UC Merced Presents . . ."
                         University of California, Merced
2001-2016       Administrative Coordinator, Division of Administration,

                         University of California, Merced
2002-present    Member, Merced County Arts Council
2009-present    Member, Merced County Performing Arts Coalition
2005-2010        Board of Directors, Merced County Arts Council, Executive Committee
2005-2010        Fundraising Committee, Merced County Arts Council
2006-2009        Curatorial Committee, Merced County Arts Council
2002-present    Member, Central California Art Association

Exhibitions

2012                 Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, California, "Then and Now"                                               CHAA Show
2010                 Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, California, "Music" CHAA Show
2010                 Merced Community College, Merced, California, "Topophilia" CHAA Show
2010                 California State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California
2009                 California Art Association, Mistlin Gallery, Surrealism Show
2008                 Turlock City Hall, Turlock, California (Turlock City Arts Commission)
2002-2016    University of California, Merced
2006                  Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced, California, "Finding a Voice"                                              Solo Show
2006                  Java Art Walk, UC Merced
2005                  Central California Art Association Spring Show, Modesto, California
2005                  UC Fresno Center Spring Exhibition, Fresno, California
2001                  Merced County Fair, Best in Show for "Point Loma Lighthouse", Merced,                                          California (Juried) 
2001                  Central California Art League Spring Show, Modesto, California (Juried)
2000                  Del Mar County Fair, Del Mar, California (Juried)
2000                  Salon Forte, Solana Beach, California
1999                  Del Mar County Fair, Del Mar, California (Juried)
1999                  Java Cafe, Encinitas, California
1998                  Del Mar County Fair, Del Mar, California (Juried)



"World Without Gray" (Acrylic)
Solo Show, Merced Multicultural Arts Center (2006)

"The Justice Game" (Acrylic)


CHAA Gail Benedict "Beatles Fan 1"
"Beatles Fan 1"

CHAA Gail Benedict "Beatles Fan 2"
"Beatles Fan 2"

CHAA Gail Benedict "Beatles Fan 3"
"Beatles Fan 3"

"The Transaction" (Acrylic)

CHAA Gail Benedict "Bless the Bracero"
"Bless the Bracero" (Acrylic)