Susan Benarcik is a sculptor and urban garden designer based in Delaware. Evolving simultaneously as artist and gardener, Benarcik posses an innate understanding of natural materials, which is dually expressed in her artwork and garden designs. Hard wired to inspire audiences with a fresh perspective, her work has been exhibited across the country in galleries, museums, sculpture parks, arboreta, and botanic gardens such as the New York Design Center, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Delaware Art Museum.
The artist is the recipient of Individual Artist Fellowship Award from Delaware Division of the Arts in 2019, a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant to Organizations and Artists in 2017, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, in 2007. Her Master’s degree in printmaking is from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Rosemont College.
Benarcik was an apprentice at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and most recently a Philadelphia CFEVA fellow. The artist teaches creativity workshops nation wide, and is a founding board member of the Jester Artspace, a non-profit organization in Wilmington, partnering with New Castle County to renovate a pre-civil war farmhouse for the arts.