Rodman Public Library will showcase the artwork of Robert L. Benjamin during the month of October in the Main Gallery. Benjamin will be inducted into the Alliance High School Distinguished Alumnus group this fall. An Alliance native, upon graduation from Alliance High School in 1969, he was accepted by the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, PA. After several years of study, during which Benjamin took advantage of the many cultural amenities of Pittsburgh, he began to visualize a more expansive natural setting as inspiration for his art and moved to New Mexico in 1971.
While Benjamin is known for his Southwest landscape paintings, he has also worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and designer of silver jewelry and bronze sculpture. It was in 1995 that he turned to landscape painting full-time. He has traveled throughout New Mexico for artistic inspiration from the beauty of its land and its dramatic lighting. In 2001, New Mexico Magazine invited him to be the Distinguished Calendar Artist for their millennium issue, publishing twelve of his pastels. Many of his lithographs are in the permanent collections of museums. The New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe; the Roswell, New Mexico, Museum and Art Center; and the Navajo Tribal Museum, Window Rock, Arizona, all have his lithographs in their permanent collections. He is also represented in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington D.C.; The Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque; and other public and private collections. A selection of Benjamin’s prints also hang in Rodman Public Library.
Benjamin’s expression and artistic vision of the innate beauty of the New Mexico landscape continues to be celebrated. He currently resides in Corrales, NM, and paints the Southwestern landscapes in oil. He states, “As a landscape painter, New Mexico’s incredibly diverse and magnificently beautiful terrain, skies and forests afford me a myriad of subjects to share. My greatest joy is when a viewer remarks ‘I know where that is’ or ‘I have been there.’ Artists paint for others. I love New Mexico.”
This exhibit is free and open to the public during normal library hours. For more information, call 330-821-2665.