Jess Benjamin

instructor, art and art history

(402) 554-3035 • Office: 101 SS

Artist Statement

As an artist, I am a problem solver. I am interested in finding solutions to the problems of the world I live in. My artwork focuses on water usage in the Great Plains area: a regional concern that is related to the phenomenon of global drought.

I was raised on a farm and ranch in rural Nebraska and still feel a profound responsibility towards the land. Below Nebraska lies the greatest underground water reserve in the world, the Ogallala Aquifer. Through my research on water, I have discovered many structural similarities between water molecules, jackstones and ethanol molecules. By utilizing these objects, I am able to search for the interactions among man-made objects, cartography, mathematics, chemistry, and my own imagination.

recent news


Juried, 2012. The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay.
Image "38 State Battle." Lark Books, p 176.

Wendling, Amy E. 2012. The Ruling Ideas. Book Cover Image by Jess
(2011). Lexington Books, a division of Rowan & Littlefield.


Smith, K. October 3, 2012. "Artist Sculpts U.S. Drought Monitor." National Drought Mitigation Center Website.

Thompson, P. 2012. October/November "Jess Benjamin Ceramic Climatologist." HerLiving Magazine. pgs 6-7.

Articles Written

Benjamin, J and Carpenter, K. 2011, Summer, "Acquiring a New Studio Space: What You Need to Know Before You Invest." Clay Times Magazine, pgs 31-33.

Solo exhibitions


WATERCOLOR, Hilmer Art Gallery, College of Saint Mary, Omaha, NE.

Department of Art and Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554-2420 Fax: (402) 554-3436