C H U C K B E N S O N
is an artist of many styles, mediums and accomplishments. Starting at age 11, Chuck took private painting lessons in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. His paintings won numerous competitions, both student and adult. At age 14, he won a national art contest and his winning watercolor painting was displayed in the front lobby of The Plaza Hotel in New York City.
As a teenager, Chuck spent six of his summers at the Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. There, he discovered and developed his skills in many 3D art forms: ceramics, leather crafting, batik, woodcarving, glassblowing, even cloisonné. Chuck's last summer there, he was co-head of the camp's arts and crafts program.
Before graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Advertising, Chuck was hired as an Art Director in Chicago at Advertising Age's "Agency of the Year," now known as DDB. He has also worked at many other top Chicago agencies, like JWT, Bozell, Ogilvy and Grey. Chuck's creative work has been internationally recognized by The Clio Awards and The London International Awards.
While in Chicago, Chuck opened a ceramic studio at the Lill Street Gallery. Within months, he received commissions from The Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art stores. His work was also in retail stores on Michigan Avenue and in Merchandise Mart showrooms. One of his designs was selected to debut exclusively at Barneys New York stores nationwide.
Recently, Chuck returned to the South and has made NOLA his home. Inspired by his French Quarter environment, he created Bensonola, a new mixed media Pop Art style that can be seen in Jackson Square and galleries on Royal Street.