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2014 - BFA in Painting and Video Concentration, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD

Awards / Residencies

2018 - Walter & Janet Sondheim Award

2018 - Certificate of Recognition : Awarded by Mayor Catherine Pugh from Baltimore City, MD

2018 - The Studios at MASS MoCA Residency , North Adams, MA

2018 - Baker Artist Award Finalist

2017 - Beyond the Frame: Bmore Art Studio Tour with Christopher Bedford (Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art) and Mera Rubell (The Rubell Collection)

2016 - Ruby Artist Project Grant Grantee in Performing and Media Arts

2016 - The Contemporary: Grit Fund 2

2016 - Y.L. Hoi Memorial Award

2015 - First Place Prize Reward; "Emulsion" Annual Juried Exhibition

2014 - Neil and Sayra Meyerhof Scholarship

2012 - Honorable Mention Award; MICA "Annual Undergraduate Juried Exhibition"

2011 - Metáfora, Tallers d' Arte, Barcelona, Spain

Selected Exhibitions


- Sondheim Award Exhibition, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD, Juried by Lauren Cornell, Margo Norton, and Kameelah Janan Rasheed

- A City of Magic Carpets Solo Exhibition, The Gallery at City Hall, Baltimore, MD

- Baker Award Finalist Group Exhibition, The Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD

- Terrault's 3rd Juried Exhibition, Terrault Gallery, Baltimore, MD Juried by Amy Boone-McCreesh, Amy Raehse, and Melissa Webb

- ___________, The Menial Collection, Baltimore, MD curated by Maria Emilia Duno and Hayden Right

- Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition, Strathmore Mansion Exhibition Space, curated by Laura Montoya, Bethesda, MD

- Journey to Atzlán, Gaddis Geeslin Gallery at Sam Houston University, curated by Ashley Dehoyos, Huntsville, TX


- “Eroica”: FREEDOM Exhibition, Space Camp, curated by LabBodies, Baltimore, MD

- "Plant-sa-tion": Collaborative Exhibition with Ariel Foster, El Palacio del Sol, Baltimore, MD

- "Simultan Festival 2017": Juried Video Screening, Mansarda Bastionului Theresia, Timisoara, Romania

- Surveyed: “Who’s Watching”, Penn Station (Artscape), curated by LabBodies, Baltimore, MD

- “Move Move Collaborations: Improvisations”, Church on the Square, Baltimore, MD

- “Artist For Truth” group exhibition, Space Camp, Baltimore, MD

- "Out of Order" group exhibition. Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

- "Art as Resistance", Syntax Physic Opera, curated by Strange Fire Collective, Denver, CO

- "Recharging the Canon"(featuring performer), Walters Museum, curated by LabBodies, Baltimore, MD

- “Think Small9” Biennial International Miniature Exhibition, ArtsSpace Gallery, Richmond, Virginia


- "Esta Tierra Es Tu Tierra" Preview Exhibition, Current Space Gallery, Baltimore, MD

- "A desert in the sky, A flame in the ocean" group exhibition, Penthouse Gallery, Baltimore, MD, curated by Michael Stevens

- "Relics" group exhibition, EMP Collective, Baltimore, MD, curated by Woven Autonomo

- “Foreigners”, Light Hole Gallery, Baltimore, MD, curated by Victor Torres


- “Blushing” Group Exhibition, Ballroom Gallery, Baltimore MD, curated by Claire Felonis

- “B/B/B Trance|n|Dance” Exhibition, La Bodega Gallery, Baltimore, MD

- “B/B/B Not From Here, Not From There” Performance, Gallery CA, Baltimore MD

- “Blache Carte” Exhibition, Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington MD

- “People's Choice Salon Show”, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

- “ARTSHOW_11: Erotica”, Hole in the Sky, Washington DC, curated by Cobra Wu

- "Emulsion" Annual Exhibition”, Gallery O on H, Washington, DC, Juried by Adah Rose Bitterbaum

- “A100 mix blends” group exhibition, Peace & A Cup of Joe, Baltimore, MD


- "Academy 2014: Annual Invitational MFA/BFA Exhibition”, Connor Smith Gallery, Washington, DC

- “Commencement Thesis Show”, Maryland Institute College of Art, Fox Gallery Baltimore MD

- "Tres Golpes”, La Bodega Gallery, Baltimore, MD

- “Out of Order” Group Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD

- “Sampling” Group Exhibition, Bank Building 3rd fl MICA, Baltimore, MD


- "All Small" Senior Thesis Group Show, MICA, Baltimore MD

- "School 33" Group Show, La Bodega Gallery, Copycat Building, Baltimore, MD

- "Penny Royal" Solo Exhibition, Boho Gallery, Bohemian Coffee House, Baltimore, MD


- “MICA Annual Juried Exhibition”, Decker Gallery, MICA, Baltimore Md, Juried by Jack Livingston and Karyn Miller

- “Seeing Red" Group Exhibition, Arena Stage Gallery, Washington, DC

- “Themes & Narrative" Group Show, Fox 2 Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD


2018 - “A sandal, a toothbrush, a wall: Sondheim winner Benitez draws empathy into Immigration debate”, by Talia Richman and Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun, July 15, 2018

2018 - “And the 2018 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Goes to…” by Lauren LaRocca, Baltimore Magazine, July 15, 2018

2018 - “This Land Is Your Land”, by Willow Pinkerton, Baltimore Style, July 18, 2018

2018 - “The 2018 Sondheim Finalist in Photos”, by Cara Ober, BmoreArt, March 26,2018

2017 - “LabBodies 3rd Annual performance art review channels pain into resistance” by Maura Callahan, Baltimore Beat, November 16, 2017

2017 - “Envisioning and Embodying Freedom” by Angela Carrol, BmoreArt, November 16, 2017

2017 - “Hysteria: Vol.2, June 24, 2017

2017 - “Twenty-Two Studios In Two Days” by Cara Ober, BmoreArt, March 6, 2017

2016 - “This Land Is Your Land” by Angela Carroll, BmoreArt, November 16, 2016

2016 - “Light Hole: Foreigners”, Vol.6, March, 2016

2015 - “BmoreArt Journal of Art + Ideas: PLACE”, Issue One, Fall/Winter 2015

2015 - “Borders, Boundaries, Barricades: Building a Performance Art Audience in Baltimore” by Kristin Mcwharter, What Weekly, July 9, 2015

2015 - “In the galleries: Two Photographs, two perspectives” by Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, August 8, 2015

2015 - “Erick Benitez Wins First Prize in Juried Emulsion Show” by Cara Ober, BmoreArt, March 21, 2015

2014 - “Scene Seen: Alloverstreet” by Ben Levy, BmoreArt, October 12, 2014

2014 - “Academy 2014” by Micheal O’Sullvian, Washington Post, July 17, 2014

2013 - “Coffee, Whisky, and Art in Station North” by Baynard Woods, Baltimore City Paper, March 13, 2013