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341 01 Horažďovice
Czech Republic

and Santa Cruz, California, USA


phone: +420 724 253 517


Barbara Benish is an artist, curator, writer and farmer.  She studied Ethnography & Art  (University of,  Hawai’i), Painting (MFA, Claremont Graduate University), and at the Royal Academy of Art in Stockholm. She moved to Prague in 1993 as a Fulbright scholar and stayed. Her work has been shown at numerous institutions in Europe and the U.S., including P.S.1 Museum, the Getty Museum, the Stadtgeschichtliche Museen in Nurnberg, Germany, and the National Gallery in Prague, including over 200 exhibitions since 1979. Benish is Founding Director of  ArtMill  in rural Bohemia, which is an expansion of her vision of art as social practice working with students, artists, and locals.  She has been an Advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program, a Fellow at the Social Practice Arts Research Center , (UCSC) and co-author of Form, Art, & the Environment (Routledge, 2017), which are public manifestations of a deeply committed activism. Benish's new  co-authored book- Art, Food and Farming (Routledge, 2022), will be followed by a personal history of ArtDialog to be published by ArtMap in Czech next year. She continues to create installations, interventions and paintings on environmental and social issues integral to our time. 

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