My ‘Women in Water’ series comes from a personal place: I swim seven 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 work. As reviewer Marcia Morris of the Honolulu Advertiser wrote, “The body floats and the mid 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 am fixated on just water itself—always present yet moving, and changing; first it’s a mirror and then a window. I am 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.



1954  Los Angeles, California



             1978        B.A. with distinction and honors, Art Center College of Design , Los Angeles, CA.


             1974        B.A. University of California, Santa Barbara , College of Creative Studies

                                       Also attended University of California, Santa Cruz


Journeyman Scenic Artist, I.A.T.S.E. (International Affiliate of Theatrical and Scenic Employees). Union member – Local 819. painting billboards, backdrops and stage sets for theater, motion picture, and TV.



      1980   Art Center college of Design, Los Angeles, C.A.


      1984   Kauai Community College, Puhi, Hawaii


         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 Kauai 5, Koa Art Galerry, KCC, Oahu Hawaii

         galerie 103 artists introductory exhibition


 2006 Exhibition of Public Art , Hawaii State Art Museum


 2005 Summertime, Hawaii State Art Museum


 2005 Reflecting Hawaii, Hawaii State Art Museum


 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.


         Kauai Museum, KSA Show, Lihue, HI.


         State Building, KSA Show, Lihue, HI.


         Kauai Museum, Kauai Society of Artists Show, Lihue, HI.


         State Building, Best in Show, KSA. Show, Lihue, HI.


 1995  Kauai Museum, KSA. Show, Lihue, HI.


          State Bldg, 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, Academy of Art Center at  Linekona  Honolulu, HI.


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


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


          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


           Stones Gallery, Lihue , HI.


           Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui, HI


           Group Show, American Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.


           Christmas Show, Stones Gallery, Lihue, HI.


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


           28 Ways to Love, Mohair, Pasadena, CA.


           1988  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   Valentines 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    Womens’ Show, Kauai State Building, Lihue, H


           KSA,. Show, Kauai Museum, Lihue, HI


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


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