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Maura Bendett

Maura Bendett
Adjunct Professor
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Education: 

Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of California, Los Angeles

Bio/Affiliation: 

I am an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. I began my studies at the University of California, San Diego, and then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, where I received a BA in Art, and an MFA in Painting.  

I have an upcoming solo show as RoryDevineFineArt in 2022. My 2018 solo show, “Seedpods, Martians, and Flowers, a survey”, presented a 20+ year survey of my paintings and sculptures at Rio Hondo College Art Gallery. I have exhibited my drawings, paintings, and sculptures nationally and internationally for the past 28 years. I’m known for creating wall mounted sculptures made of steel, paper, wire, and acrylic paint.  My sculptures use artificial organic imagery to fabricate extravagant biologically themed constructions referencing nature, outer space, and abstract painting. 

My exhibitions have been reviewed and/or featured in dozens of publications including numerous print issues of Art in America, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.  My work is in the permanent collection of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Peter Norton Collection, and many other private and public collections nationally. Selected solo and group shows include the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kemper Museum (Kansas City, MO), The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Los Angeles), and Roberts Projects (Culver City).  

 

 

 

Awards/Honors: 

2011    Faculty Development Grant, Otis College of Art and Design
1994    WESTAF National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting
1985    Sydney A. Temple Award, University of California, Los Angeles
1984    University Grant in Art, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Professional Accomplishments/Exhibitions:  

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022, Maura Bendett, rdfa gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 2018, Maura Bendett: Seedpods, Martians, and Flowers, a survey, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier, California
  • 2014, Vespid Empire, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, California
  • 2008, Paradise, Kinkead Contemporary, Culver City, California
  • 2005, Maura Bendett, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2001, Minitoka, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1999, -456 Fahrenheit, POST, Los Angeles, California
  • 1997, East of the Sun and West of the Moon, POST, Los Angeles, California
               Maura Bendett: Solo Exhibition, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  • 1995, Maura Bendett: Solo Exhibition, domestic setting, Los Angeles, California
               Maura Bendett: New Work, Griffin Linton Gallery, Costa Mesa, California
  • 1994, Maura Bendett: Solo Exhibition, domestic setting, Los Angeles, California
  • 1989, Maura Bendett: Solo Exhibition, Dennis Anderson Gallery, Hollywood, California

Group Exhibitions

  • 2020, We Are Here/Here We Are, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, California
  • 2019, Electric Koolaid Banana, Merchant Gallery, Venice, California
  • 2018, Other Worlds, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 2017, Claudio Huiza Presents: Rochambeau: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Satellite Art Show, Miami, Florida
               Lift Off, curated by Robert Miller and Martin Durazzo, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier, California
  • 2016, TRI (…ed)-Revisiting TRI Gallery, Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 2015, Yes in My Backyard, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, California
  • 2014, 6018 Wilshire, Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California
  • 2013, The WILD Flowers, Sturt Haaga Gallery, Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, California
  • 2011, Tel-Art-Phone, Beacon Arts Building, Inglewood, California
               GOLDMINE: Works from the Collection of Sirje and Michael Gold, University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, California
  • 2008, At the Brewery Project, 1993-2007: the Finale, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
  • 2007, Pink, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California
               Nature (interrupted), 18thStreet Art Center, Santa Monica, California
  • 2006, Flourish, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
  • 2005, Garden of Earthly Delights, Kustera Tilton Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2004, New Dialogue: LA/Prague, Pomona College of Art, Pomona, California, and Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 2003, LAPD, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, California
               Post Cool, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, California
  • 2002, Post Cool, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, California
  • 2001, Contemporary Art Since 1960, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
               Fleur du Mal, Santa Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, California 
               Cross Pollination, The Holland Tunnel, Williamsburg, NY, and The Arboretum, Arcadia, California
               The Importance of Being Earnest, Occidental College, California
               Under the Influence: New Art from LA, Plymouth State College, New Hampshire and Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1998, It’s The New Year’s Show, Meyerson & Nowinski Gallery, Seattle, Washington
               Draaw Stranger, Draaw, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
               Love at the End of the Tunnel, Or The Beginning of a Smart New Day, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
               Wings of Desire, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
  • 1997, Out of Eden, The Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
               Working Out the Kinks, Herslebsgate 10-B, Berlin, Germany
               LA Pop in the Nineties, curated by Marilu Knode, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
               Painting, LASCA Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1996, Strappy Sandals and Skinny Belts: The Hyper Feminine Position in Painting, curated by Sue Spaid, Murray Feldman Gallery, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, California
               An Embarrassment of Riches, Huntington Beach Art Center, California
               Fourteen Days: A Salon, Room, New York, New York
               Pyong Taek International Art Festival, Pyong Taek City Museum, Seoul, Korea
               100 Dollar Show, POST Gallery, Los Angeles, California
  • 1995, Lotus Motel, The Lotus Motel, Inglewood, California
               December 20th, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, California
               Strappy Sandals and Skinny Belts: The Hyper Feminine Position in Painting, curated by Sue Spaid, The Victoria Room, San Francisco, California
               Action Station, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California
               Bloom, Christinerose Gallery, New York, New York
               A Vital Matrix, curated by Jane Hart, domestic setting, Los Angeles, California
               The Sewing Circle, Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
  • 1994, House of Styles, curated by Rory Devine, TRI, Los Angeles, California
               Current Abstractions, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
               Small & Untitled, Griffin Fine Art, Costa Mesa, California
               Fairies, Pixies, and Netherworlds, Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles, California
  • 1993, Mondo Lot, The Broadway Gallery Complex parking lot, Santa Monica, California
  • 1992, Not Men, curated by Rory Devine, TRI, Los Angeles, California
               Office For Art, The Far Bazaar, Los Angeles, California
  • 1989, Eye to Eye, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California
               Fourteen Solo Exhibitions, Dennis Anderson Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Collections
Fer-de-Lance, 1999, LACMA, Los Angeles, California
The Peter Norton Family Foundation, New York, New York
The Capitol Group
Ernst & Young Corporation

Publications:  

Selected Reviews
Juarez, Diana, "Now is All That Matters: Maura Bendett," El Paisano, November 28, 2018.
Wood, Eve, "Maura Bendett at Edward Cella Art + Architecture," Artillery MagazineMay 8, 2014.
Duncan, Michael, “Blinded by Buzzwords," Art in America, July, 2000 pg. 41
Newhouse, Kristina, art/text, May/June, 1999.
Gerstler, Amy, “A Garden of Quotations," X-TRA, vol. #2, winter,1999
Frank, Peter, “Art Picks of the Week: Maura Bendett at Post", LA Weekly, May 9, 1997, photo
Curtis, Cathy, "O.C. Art Reviews : Biberman's 'City' Holds True to the Noir Tradition," Los Angeles TimesJanuary 10, 1995.

Exhibition Catalogues and Brochures
2018, Maura Bendett: Martians, Seedpods, and Flowers, a survey, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier, California
2009, At the Brewery Project 1993-2007: The Finale, The Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2007, Nature (interrupted), essay by Pam Posey, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, California
2004, Certain Traces: Los Angeles/Prague, essay by Kristina Newhouse, Pomona College of Art, Pomona, California
2001, The Importance of Being Earnest, essay by Michael Duncan, Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
1999, Sig-alert Netalogue, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona                                         
1998, LA Pop in the Nineties, essay by Susan Kandel, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington
           Wings of Desire, The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
           ‘drawings…’, essay by Chris Bruce, Meyerson & Nowinski Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1997, Out of Eden, essay by Dana Self, The Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri
1996, An Embarrassment of Riches, essay by Marilu Knode, published by The Huntington Beach Art Center, Huntington Beach, California
           Pyong Taek International Art Festival, Pyong Taek Artistic and Cultural Organization, Seoul, Korea
1995, A Vital Matrix, essay by Tobey Crockett, domestic setting, Los Angeles, California
1994, Withinsight : Visual Territories of Thirty Artists, essay by Bruce Ferguson, Western States Arts Federation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Barnsdall Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California