Opening Reception: WATERPLACES 100 works on paper by Lynn Benson


  • Kansas City Design Center 1018 Baltimore Ave Kansas City, MO, 64105 United States

Lac Megantic (detail) 2014, pencil & ink on vellum

Join us at the KCDC on Thursday, October 8th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm for the opening reception of local artist Lynn Benson's exhibition: WATERPLACES | 100 works on paper

About the Exhibition:

The amazing meandering lines created by rivers and shorelines, as seen in historic maps and satellite imagery, provide inspiration for many of my works about our world waters, and I play upon the botanical and anatomical similarities in paths of fluids and patterns of growth. Whether oceans, river deltas, and aquifers, or atmosphere, drought, and water cycles, my longtime attraction and interest in water was fed by proximity to the ocean as a toddler, and by awareness of the burning Cuyahoga River in the late 60s, in part leading to the federal Clean Water Act in 1972.
— Lynn Benson

A part of the academic mission of the KCDC is to promote dialogue and action on sustainable redevelopment of urban realm in Kansas City. In that regard Lynn Benson’s work, in addition to its own artistic merit, touches upon important issue of urban water and makes it immediate through its own means. The staging of the exhibition of her work was in part motivated by the desire to complement and expand the urgency of environmental awareness that underlies ongoing KCDC projects.

WATERPLACES will be on exhibit at the KCDC from October 8th - November 20th.
Gallery Hours: M-F 9am-5pm or by appointment.

Lecture and Panel Discussion:

In conjunction with the exhibition, Lynn Benson will be giving a lecture about her work, followed by a panel discussion with local artists and area professionals in fields related to water management and sustainability on Thursday, November 5th, at 5:30 pm; admittance is free and street parking is available.

Events sponsored by the Kansas City Design Center and MARC Regional Water Quality Education Committee, with funding support awarded by ArtsKC Regional Arts Council

About the Artist:

Lynn Benson was born not far from the Atlantic Ocean in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and raised in the US heartland. She’s always felt a tug to explore and to be near water...a primary focus in current works. She left the corporate world in 2010 in order to work full-time as an artist in the Kansas City region, establishing her studio near the confluence of Kansas City’s major rivers. Benson recently had a solo exhibition, “Acid Wash: Playing with Consequences” at the Leedy- Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District, as well as a solo show, “Sidetrip,” at Kiosk Gallery.

Her work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the country.

www.lynnbenson.com