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Laura BenAmots Named Visual Artist of the Year
Allison Swickard, October 4, 2012
Laura BenAmots, Pikes Peak Community College Gallery Director and Art Department Faculty, was named the 2012 Visual Artist of the Year by the Pikes Peak Arts Council at its 17th Annual Awards Ceremony, on Sept. 21, at the Stargazer Theatre.
“I am deeply honored by this wonderful award. Painting is my life,” BenAmots said. “It is predominantly a solitary art form. There is you, the brush and the canvas. For my peers to recognize my work is quite moving. I will glean a lot of creative fuel from this vote-of-confidence and public recognition and my energies will surge in the studio. “
A New York born painter, Laura spent her formative years in Israel and has made Colorado Springs her home for the last 18 years. A dedicated studio artist, passionate community advocate and long time PPCC member, Laura’s major recent exhibit BATTLE PORTRAITS Wounded Lions Wounded Lambs, culminated in the publication of a full color book by The Art Book Publishers at the BAC and nationally released in January 2012. Prior to that, a book titled Eros On Canvas was published and distributed internationally.
Looking forward, Laura’s production of new work in the studio and regional exhibits runs non-stop through February of 2013.
“I always say my aspiration is that my next body of work is better and more courageous than my last,” BenAmots said. “I hope by the end of my journey many of my works will have made their way into private and museum collections.”
The next five months are filled with varied permutations of the BATTLE PORTRAITS series in three major exhibits:
- Fine Art Gallery at Colorado State University - Pueblo is featuring a one-person exhibit of the work in its newly renovated exhibit Space. The exhibit opens Oct. 5.
- In November the works will be presented at the Colorado College Coburn Gallery in Warner Hall. The opening event there will be a cross-disciplinary cabaret gathering.
- In January the work will fill the entire top floor of the White Gallery at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center in Pueblo, Colo., and will include additional new never before exhibited works.
The accompanying book about the work will be for sale at each of these venues. A percentage of all profits are donated to Art Therapy for U.S. service men and women in need.