Carol Bennett

"I throw myself into the water almost every day- it grounds me, the body floats and the mind drifts.
The "Swimmer series" has followed me over the years, resurfacing and evolving. Presently I'm working on wood, I'm intrigued by wood grain swirling like water and how that ground moves through the swimmer's form”.

Carol graduated from the Art Center College of Design in painting. For some 20 years she split her time between her loft in downtown LA and a beach bungalow in Hawaii- satisfying a passion for culture and the ocean's pull.

In LA she painted backdrops and billboards and parlayed these skills to create over 100 large public and corporate commissions internationally: Ocean Patterns is a 220 ft installation at the Honolulu Airport and this year found her in a glasmalerei in Germany, creating Trigger Picasso Energy, a 48 ft. stained glass/ photovoltaic solar canopy for the Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden. Water flows through all her work, large and small.

..."I jump around a lot, every big commission is uncharted territory: I dive in and give it a whirl. I return to my studio refreshed and renewed and swim in that feeling”.


1954       Los Angeles, California

1978       B.F.A. with Distinction and Honors in Fine Art/ Painting, Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA.
        Full Fine Arts/Painting Scholarship 
1974        A.A. University of California, Santa Barbara, College of Creative Studies
1976 -1990    Journeyman Scenic Artist, I.A.T.S.E. (International Affiliate of Theatrical and Scenic Employees). 
        Union Local 816 painting billboards, backdrops and stage sets for theater, motion picture, and TV

Solo Shows

2010       Carol Bennett: Current Motion, Narthex Gallery, NY, NY 
2009       Carol Bennett at Art Fair Now, Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art, New York, NY       
2007-08        Flow, Recent Works by Carol Bennett, the Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu                                                       
2007        Carol Bennett: One Thing Leads to Another, Timespace Gallery, Hanapepe, HI
2007        Carol Bennett at Art Fair Now, Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art,New York, NY
2007        Carol Bennett at Affordable Art Fair, Elisa Tucci Contemporary Art, New York, NY          
2006        Recent Works by Carol Bennett Art, curated by Allison Wong of the Contemporary Museum The Bean, Lihue,HI
2005        Carol Bennett: Recent Work, Aroma’s, Kauai, HI
1996        Carol Bennett / Wayne Zebzda, Roy’s Poipu, Kauai, HI
1993        Carol Bennett, Waters’ Edge, TCM Café, Honolulu, HI
1991        Carol Bennett, Work in Progress, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1990        Carol Bennett, Recent Paintings and Works on Paper, Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988        Carol Bennett, New Works, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1985        Carol Bennett, Recent Works, Roark, Los Angeles, CA
1982        Carol Bennett: Underwater Colors, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1978        Graduate Show, Art Center College of Art and Design, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011        Swimming in Colour, Eisenhauer Gallery, MA
2011        Splash, Elisa Contemporary Art, NY, NY
2010        Embody, Elizabeth Eisenhauer Gallery, Martha's Vineyard, MA
2008-09        Holiday Show 08, Timespace Gallery, Kauai, HI
2008         ConTempoRarities, Neiman Marcus, Honolulu, HI
2006         Art in Public Places, Hawaii State Art Museum 
2005         Summertime, Hawaii State Art Museum
                 Reflecting Hawaii, Hawaii State Art Museum
2004         15 Kauai Artists, Honolulu Academy of the Arts at Line Kona
2002         KSA Annual, Lihue, Kauai- State Foundation Purchase Award 
1996         Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI                                                        
1995         Kauai Museum, Best in Show Award, KSA Show, Lihue, HI 
1993         Islanded, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI
                 Kauai Society of Artists Invitational, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI
1991        Ka Honua Portfolio, Honolulu Printmakers Workshop, Honolulu.  Academy of Art Center at Linekona,  Honolulu, HI
                Kauai Museum, K.S.A. Show, Lihue, HI. State Foundation.  Purchase Award
1989        Group Show, Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1989        Group Show, American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA       

               Thirty years at the Contemporary Museums’ Honolulu.  Advertiser Gallery, Honolulu, HI
1988        Toluca Group Show, Toluca Lake Gallery, Burbank, CA 
                Visions of the Volcano, Invitational, Honolulu Advertiser Gallery, Honolulu, HI
                Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI
               Group Show, Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
              28 Ways to Love, Mohair, Pasadena, CA
             Coast to Coast, Invitational, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
             Deck the Halls, Invitational, Stones Galley, Lihue, HI
             Kauai Society of Artists, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI
1987     Stones Print Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1986     Group Show, Toluca Lake, Burbank, CA
1983     Valentine's Day Show, Frameshack Warehouse, Honolulu, HI
             Monoprints, Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
1982     Signs 1983, Invitational, AMFAC Plaza Exhibitions, Honolulu, HI
             Honolulu Craftsman's Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
             Stones’ Summer Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI
1982     Women's’ Show, Kauai State Building, Lihue, HI
             K.S.A. Show, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI
1978     Hollywood, Cedar Sinai Hospital Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA  
1974     KSA Show, Best in Show award, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI 

Selected Art Commissions

-over 100 Public and Corporate commissions from 1978 - 2011

-Trigger Picasso Energy, 48 ft x 8 foot hand-painted colored vitreous enamels fired on float glass with gold leaf and photovoltaic solar cells, (in progress) at the Hawaii State Art Museum

-Sculpture Garden, HI. Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2010- 2011
-Water: A Point of Departure, two acrylic on recycled sails paintings (triptych and polytych), 8 ft. x 26 ft. and 8 ft. x 52 ft.
    Installed in Foyer and Passenger Queuing at Pier 2 Terminal,Honolulu Harbor, Honolulu, HI. 
    Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2008- 2009.

-Ocean Patterns, A myriad of 2 ft, 4 ft, and 6 ft tall panels,  oil on wood, that form a 220 ft long installation at Honolulu International Airport,
    commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and  Art in Public Places Commission, 2000- 2002.

-Ka Na Wai (Law), 2 Italian glass mosaic tile murals, 11 ft. wide x 22 ft. tall flank the entrance to the Kauai Judiciary Building, Lihue, HI. 
    Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 2005- 2006.
-Up, Down and Drink, 3 reverse oil and enamel, sprayed and painted on glass, 5ft wide x 8 ft tall behind drinking fountains at Honolulu Convention Center, Oahu, HI. 
    Commissioned by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Art in Public Places, 1998- 1999.
Selected Corporate Commissions

-Fish, Royal Waikaloa Hilton Club House, Big Island, HI five, 4.5 x 22.5 ft. reverse painting on glass polytych, oil,
    enamel, iridescent powders and gold leaf, commissioned by Fine Art Associates, 2009- 2010 

-Farewell, First Hawaiian Bank, Honolulu, Oahu, HI , 20 ft. x 20 ft. bas relief assemblage of canvases in acrylic,
    depicting 50 years of Honolulu Stadium history, commissioned by Fine Art Associates, 1999

-Sunset Ball, Beverly Hills Hotel, CA. Two 20 ft x 30 ft gold leaf and acrylic oval ceiling murals and five 20 ft acrylic on canvas cloud murals,
    commissioned by Hirsch Bedner Assoc. 1994-1995 

-Wet Abstracts, Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel, Oahu, HI, 22 abstracted tropical fish patterns paintings, various sizes, oil on wood,
    commissioned by Clarence Lee Assoc. For Outrigger Hotels, 2009- 20010 

-Dusk and Dawn, Hilton Hawaiian Village,  two 10 ft x 40 ft triptychs, two 10 ft x 20 ft botanicals acrylic on canvas,
    commissioned by Fine Art Assoc., 1996- 1997

-Tahiti Fragments, Outrigger Hotel, Papa'ete, Tahiti, five, twenty foot acrylic murals on canvas depicting historical and contemporary voyaging canoes,
    Tahitian landscapes and botany,  commissioned by Outrigger Hotels, 1998- 2000

-Community, Bank of Hawaii, Keeomoku Branch, Banking Lanai, 3 x 9 ft. digital print of painted collage, depicting community flavor,
    commissioned by Fine Arts Assoc., 1997 

-Kapa, Kauai Sheraton, Poipu, Kauai , HI. 8 ft x 10 ft. Historical mural on kapa making 

-Dawn to Dusk, Outrigger Hotel , Waikoloa, four botanical paintings

-Hanalei and Windows into the Rainforest, Outrigger Waikiki,4 x 20 ft outrigger canoe painting and three 5 x 8 ft botanical murals, on canvas

-Pele, Design Commission by State Foundation for Honolulu Convention Center, 15 x 90 ft mural on aluminum. 

-Canoe, Outrigger Reef Hotel, Waikiki, HI 5 ft x 25 ft Ocean Landscape w / paddlers 

-Garden, Kaddafi Hotel, Saipan, 7 ft x 70 ft tromp l’oeile California Mission style garden mural 

-Sunset, Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. Two 20 ft x 30 ft gold leaf and acrylic oval ceiling murals 

-Sunset 2, Beverly Hills Hotel-Sunset Ballroom, Beverly Hills, CA. 7 ft x 70 ft cloud mural 

-Lilies, Outrigger Hotel, Kauai, HI 7 ft x 11 ft. water lily mural 

-Sky, Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada, 7 ft x 70 ft cloud mural 

-Africa, Nairobi Hilton, Kenya, Africa, four 30 ft. ceiling sky murals, sixty two, 2 ft x 3 ft African Village landscapes, three 7 ft x 18 ft African Wildlife Murals. 

-Italy, Las Vegas Hilton , Las Vegas , Nevada, 4 ft x 28 ft Italian Neoclassical Mural, six 3 ft x 4 ft Neoclassical paintings 
-Orange Crate Labels, Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, Nevada, two agricultural landscapes 8 ft x 10 ft ea. 

-Jets, Las Vegas Hilton, Sports Bar, Las Vegas , Nevada, two 5 ft x 17 ft Sports murals 

-Hilton Hawaiian Village, Oahu, HI, four 5 ft x 10 ft tropical screens 

-Swim 1, Maui Westin Hemmeter Collection, Maui HI, 4 ft x 6 ft swimmer, oil on canvas 

-Swim 2, Kauai Westin Hemmeter Collection, Kauai HI, 4 ft x 6 ft swimmer, oil on canvas 

-San Francisco Hilton, San Francisco, CA., four 7 ft x 5 ft San Francisco scenes, oil on canvas 

-50's Patterns, Hilton Hotel, Kauai, HI two 3 ft x 5 ft and two 8 ft x 15 ft tropical murals 

-Kirin, First Bank of Commerce, Los Angeles, CA. 10 ft x 20 ft oriental gold leaf mural 

-Grauman's Chinese, Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, CA., two 3 ft x 4 ft Hollywood Historical Lithographs 
-Magnificent J's, Hilton Hotel, Stamford Connecticut, 6 ft x 120 ft Americas Cup Yachting Mural and one 5 ft x 8 ft historical figurative landscape oil on canvas 

-Fantasy Island, Waiohai Hotel, Poipu Beach Kauai, HI, 10 ft x 60 ft portable historical mural 

-Sun City, Maui Hilton, HI 10 ft x 20 ft oriental calligraphy mural 

-Kintaro, Kintaro Restaurant , Kauai, Hawaii, 9 ft x 6 ft Oriental gold leaf Mural 

-Big, McInerney’s Waikiki, Hawaii, two 10 ft x 20 ft and four 10 ft x 10 ft tropical murals 

-Wave Around, California Primary Physicians Clinic, Los Angeles, CA. four 10 ft x 22 ft wave murals 

-Disco Down, Flippers Roller Boogie Palace, Hollywood, California, 14 ft x 280 ft Rousseau Mural painted directly on walls 


The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii
Persis Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii
Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii
Art in Public Places, Honolulu Hawaii

Teaching Experience

1977-82        Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA
1984        Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1984        Kauai Community College, Puhi, HI

Panelist/Speaking Engagements
2011        Art lunch Lectures, Carol Bennett- Public Art: A Two Way Street, Hawai'i State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
2006        International Cultural Summit, Art for the Ages, Honolulu Convention Center, HI 
2006        Art in Public Places Exhibition, Public Art Symposium, Hawai'i State