Pat Benincasa

Professional Artist and Chair of Visual Arts Instruction at the Perpich Center For Arts Education, Pat BenincasaPat Benincasa is an award-winning artist whose passion for geometry is expressed in multi-faceted ways through her dimensional glass sculptures, paintings and drawings. She is currently Chair of Visual Arts Instruction at the Perpich Center For Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Pat Benincasa's series of sheet metal and wood paintings explore iconic, 20th century industrial sites built by people who shaped their locale through sweat and labor. Cities built around these mammoth blast furnaces, steel yards and auto factories appeared indestructible with their perpetual buzz of continuous production. The decline of manufacturing swept though these cities like a catastrophic disease, leaving deserted city blocks, empty storefronts and hulking ruins.

Pat’s accomplishments are impressive, not only as an outstanding artist, but also as an educator. Pat has won numerous awards, including:

  • 2014 Award of Excellence, 2014 Four Points Contemporary 3rd Biannual Competition. Online Gallery.
  • Special Merit Award, "CitiScapes Exhibition," Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Award As An Outstanding Educator, given for being an "outstanding educator whose dedication, commitment and guidance are represented by student works selected for national honors."
  • 2012 Award of Excellence, 2012 Spring/Summer, American Juried Art Salon. The twice-a-year art exhibition attracts artists from throughout the world.

To see works by Pat Benincasa, visit her website:

Also, see Pat's comments on the November 2016 finalists.