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Carol Bennett



Carol is a museum-collected fine artist from Los Angeles, CA and resides in Poipu, Kauai. She graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1974, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1978, receiving a Bachelor’s degree with distinction and honors. Carol honed her skills in large-scale painting as a Journeyman Scenic Artist in college, painting billboards, backdrops and stage sets for theater, motion picture, and TV. Carols public works and murals can be found around the world.


My Women in Water series comes from a personal place: I swim 7 days a week, and while I don’t consider them self- portraits, I am the swimmer in the paintings. Nor do I consider myself an athlete; this is a spiritual practice that is integral to my art work.

As reviewer Marcia Morris of the Honolulu Advertiser wrote, “The body floats and the mind drifts.”

My swimmers patrol the water’s edge and the ocean’s floor, finding stuff to recycle as art. The swimmers are my navigation tool: they have lead me to explore fishing nets and knots, abstract fish patterns, surfers and stand up paddlers... flotsam and jetsam and their ecological impact. Presently I’m fixated on just water itself, always present yet moving and changing, first it’s a mirror and then a window.

I’m a wet reporter, bringing back news from the ocean, both timeless and timely.

What is unique about my art and my swimmers in particular is their strong sense of self and place.


2018      "Networking and Water", First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu Musuem of Art, Honolulu, HI

2007     "One thing leads to Another", Timespace Gallery, Kauai, HI

2006    "Art at The Bean", curated by Alison Wong of the Contemporary Museum Hawaii, Kauai, HI

1996      "Carol Bennett / Wayne Zebzda" , Roy’s Poipu, Kauai , HI

1993      "Carol Bennett, Waters’ Edge", THE CONTEMPORARY MUSEUM , 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.

1983      "Summer Show", Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1982      "Underwater Colors", Stones Gallery, Lihue , HI

1978      "Graduate Show", Art Center College of Art and Design, CA


2018    "Making Waves", Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu

2018    "Surfing Hawaii", Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI

2018    "MEN", Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI

2017     "EMPHASIZED: eye on scale" , Hawaii State Art Museum, Diamond Head Gallery, Honolulu

2009    Elisa Contemporary Art, New York, N.Y

2009    "Kauai 5", Koa Art Galerry, KCC, Oahu Hawaii

2006    "Exhibition of Public Art" , Hawaii State Art Museum

2005    "Summertime", Hawaii State Art Museum

2005    "Reflecting Hawaii", Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu

2004    Academy of the Arts at Line Kona , 15 Kauai Artists, Honolulu

2002    "KSA annual", Lihue, Kauai  State Foundation purchase award

2001     "KSA Small Works Show", Kinipopo Gallery, Kapaa, Kauai

2000    "KSA annual", Lihue, Kauai

1999     "KSA annual", Lihue, Kauai

1998     "Kauai Artists", Kinipopo Gallery, Kapaa, HI.

1996      Artists of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.

1996      "Kauai Museum", KSA Show, Lihue, HI.

1996      "State Building", KSA Show, Lihue, HI.

1993      "Islanded", Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Honolulu, HI.

1993      "Kauai Society of Artists Invitational", Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI.

1991       "Ka Honua Portfolio", Honolulu Printmakers Workshop, Academy of Art Center at  Linekona  Honolulu, HI.

1991       "Kauai Museum", KSA. Show, Lihue , HI. State Foundation Purchase Award

1991       "Group Show", Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

1991        "Group Show", American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

1991        "Thirty years at the Contemporary Museums’ Honolulu Advertiser Gallery", Honolulu, HI.

1988       "Toluca Group Show", Toluca Lake Gallery, Burbank, CA.

1988       "Visions of the Volcano", Invitational, Honolulu Advertiser Gallery, Honolulu, HI

1988       "Group Show", Stones Gallery, Lihue , HI.

1988       "Group Show" Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI

1988       "Group Show", American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

1988       "Christmas Show", Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI.

1988       "Group Show", Fiona Whitney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

1988       "28 Ways to Love", Mohair, Pasadena, CA.

1988       "Coast to Coast", Invitational, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1987        "Deck the Halls", Invitational, Stones Galley, Lihue, HI

1987         "Kauai Society of Artists", Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI

1987        "Stones Print Show", Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1986        "Group Show" , Toluca Lake , Burbank, CA.

1983         "Valentines Day Show", Frameshack Warehouse, Honolulu, HI

1983         "Monoprints", Art Space, Los Angeles, CA.

1983         "Signs 1983", Invitational, AMFAC Plaza Exhibitions, Honolulu, HI

1982         "Honolulu Craftsman's Show", Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1982         "Stones’ Summer Show", Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI

1982         "Womens’ Show", Kauai State Building, Lihue, H

1982         "KSA Show", Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI

1978         "Hollywood", Cedar Sinai Hospital Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

1974         "KSA. Show", Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI.

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