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Art by Zac Benson on display Sept. 2-Oct. 2

Art by Zac Benson will be on display in Furman University’s Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building, Sept. 2-Oct. 2. Thompson Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A reception and talk with Benson is set for Friday, Sept. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. in Thompson Gallery.

"America the Beautiful" by Zac Benson
“America the Beautiful” by Zac Benson

The exhibition, Soul Stirrings, is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Furman University Department of Art.

About his work, Benson says:

“My work deals with multiples of reclaimed, manufactured materials with an intrinsic history that speaks to the relationship between my personal faith and my engagement with society. My repetitive use and manipulation of the material changes the original intention, so they are more able to speak to the social issues that I am sensitive towards. With this, the once discarded material procures a renewed relevance, a relevance of faith and belief.  While the material no longer functions as its initial purpose, it captures a conceptual significance to convey a novel expression on social issues.”

"Wrestling With My Roots" by Zac Benson
“Wrestling With My Roots” by Zac Benson

Benson is an international artist who has shown in Colorado, New York, Virginia, and Tennessee, where he was born. He has also had public commissions in Australia, Vermont, Colorado, and New York. His gallery work deals with the relationship between his personal faith and beliefs and his engagement with society while his public sculptures deal with the traditional relationship of scale and form.

Benson graduated in 2011 with his BFA in sculpture from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at the University of Maryland. Previously, he lived and worked in the arts full time in New York, N.Y.

For more information about the exhibition, contact the Furman University Department of Art, (864) 294-2074. Or visit Benson’s website https://zacbenson.com/.

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