A New Orleans native, Benné holds a dual Master's degree in Fine Art and Art Therapy. This layered foundation has led to a love of storytelling through various materials. Her most recent body of work merges the applied arts of Mexico with the native materials of the Yucatan.  Early exposure to Mayan art and culture,  chance meetings with Yucatecos attending the University of Tulane, and advanced studies in the applied arts of Mexico have become integral to the narrative of place/person in this new series. 



Notre Dame de Namur University: Belmont CA

  • Marriage and Family Therapy / Art Therapy

  • Fine Art (MFA)


E X H I B I T I O N S 


 “SKIN & PAPER” :  Musèe du Pays et Val de Charmey, Charmey (Gruyère-Suisee.  Patrick Rudaz, curator 


“EROTICA” :  Galleria Rancho Tecomate, Tenango Del Aire, Estado de Mexico.  Nahum Zenil, curator



“INSIDE 23 PEOPLE” :  Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas.  Murray McMillan, curator



Cuotzotzongo Compuesto, Tenango Del Aire, Estado de Mexico. 


ArtPace, Foundation for Contemporary Art, San Antonio, Texas. 


  • SOLO

“Scarecrows: Confronting - Anorexia Nervosa" :  ACA, Austin, Texas.  Funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts.



“A Dress Speaks: Confronting Intimate Violence” : Funded by the National Center for Disease Control, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Austin Arts Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts.


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E N C A U S T I C : W O R K S H O P


MINIMALISM: Basic Instruction

Enjoy a day of painting with encaustic, a versatile medium that is easy to use and exciting in the effects you can produce. Encaustic paint cools immediately, yet it can always be reworked. The forgiving nature of encaustic paints allows it to be re-melted to create different effects.

The four hour class will cover the basics of layering wax, color application, fusing methods, and an exciting foray into tool applications.
You will leave with two completed pieces. Wear old clothes, bring drinking water and a snack. Lunch and materials are provided. Class is limited to 4 students. Tuition is non-refundable, but transferable to another student.


Studio Time: Discount for returning students


Location : Mérida, MX

Session 1 : Saturday, February 29, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - All Spots Filled

Session 2 : Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - All Spots Filled

Session 3 : Saturday, March 14, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm - All Spots Filled



First Time Students Payment                 Returning Students Payment          

$100 U or $1850 MX                                      $50 US or $925 MX




Photo Credit: David Hubbard