PAINTINGS by ALICE BENJAMIN BOUDREAU aim to express the joy I feel about the world through sharing what I see.
Color, lines, and rhythm are important in the Figures, Abstractions, and Landscapes I've chosen to hang at Becketwood. Most of these paintings are acrylic though I've worked in most media and usually have a sketchbook with me because I love to draw.
I am a Minneapolitan happy to be home after 18 years in Bradenton, Florida and 42 years away from my home town. I studied at Wellesley College near Boston, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the State University of New York at New Paltz. I've painted in Mexico, France and the Southwest, but my Minnesota roots are deep starting at the Minneapolis School of Art, the University of Minnesota, and the Grand Marais Art Colony. 25 years on a farm in Isanti Minnesota let me appreciate rural life and artists in the Cambridge and Mora area and still keep up Twin City connections. My husband Maurice and I spent a year each in Florida and Arkansas and traveled in a van several winters to paint in Mexico before moving.
Teaching has always been a part of my life and continues with me leading an Art Group at Walker Place where I now live. My first job besides babysitting and camp counseling was as an artist in the Zoology Department on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota where I was a lab assistant in General Zoology. I taught elementary art in schools near Woodstock, New York, a Junior High in Minneapolis, and elementary again at Northrop and Blake Schools. After marrying there were classes on a farm in Isanti. Cambridge Community College then followed, then Art Centers in Florida. I continued painting, teaching, and being active in art, church, and political activities for 18 years in Florida. Now I am home.
I'm happy to say there have been degrees, awards, juried exhibits, and co-op and commercial galleries, even making “Who's Who in American Art”. My passion for art keeps me young.
20" by 16" ($300)
35" x 25" ($350)
COLLECTIONS: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, St. Paul, MNEast Central Regional Development Commission, Mora, MNWeisman Collection, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MNSenior Enrichment Center, Bradenton
EXHIBITIONS (*- one or two person)
2017-18 Dow Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN
2017-18* Becketwood Adult Community, Minneapolis, MN
2017,92*,82*,67* Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, MN
2015 -1984 Art League of Manatee County, Art Center Manatee, Bradenton,FL
2015 – 1984 Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL
2008 Dancing Crane Galleries, “Village of the Arts” Bradenton, FL
2008 Friedman Symphony Hall, Sarasota, FL2006*,02*,98* Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota,FL
1996,92,90,68 Minnesota State Fair
1996*,94,93 Iris Gallery, Lindstrom, MN
1992*,91 Florence Hill 310 Studios Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1984 University Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1981-1969* Westlake Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1966-1963 Woodstock Aritist's Association, Woodstock, NY
1962 Minneapolis Institute of Art, Biennial
2001 Longboat Key Art Center Student Exhibit, 1st Award
2000 Brush in Hand Gallery, White Bear Lake, MN, Best of Show Award
1978-1997 East Central Minnesota Arts Council – top awards IMAGE '95,'92,'90
1954 Scholastic Magazine – Higgins Ink Award
1971 Instituto Allende, San Miguel d'Allende, Mexico
1967 M.S. in Art Education, State University of New York at New Paltz
1964 Art Student's League, Woodstock, NY
1963 B.S. in Art Education, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1961 B.F.A with Painting Concentration, San Francisco Art Institute
1958 B.A. in Studio Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
1954-1956 Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
1953-1975 Minnetonka Art Center, Orono, MN
1949-1970 Minneapolis College of Art and Design
2000-2001 Art League of Manatee County – Painting Instructor,
1986-2017 Listed in “Who's Who in American Art”, “Who's Who in American Women”
1978-1993 Cambridge Community College- Instructor in Painting, Drawing, & Design
1969-1981 Member of Westlake Gallery Art Collective
1984-1988 Member of East Central Minnesota Arts Council
1978 Artist in Residence, MN School District 911
1968-1975 Elementary Art, Northrop and Blake Schools, Minneapolis, and Wayzata, MN
1963-1966 Elementary Art, Onteora School District, Boiceville, NY
1958-1960 Zoology Artist and Lab Instuctor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
AFFILIATIONS: National League of American Pen Women – President, Sarasota Branch; Women Contemporary Artists; Isanti (MN) County Arts Guild – President, Grant Writer; American Association of University Women; National Organization of Women; M.O.M.'s Co-op (Minnesota Organic Merchandice), board member; ULLR Ski Club; Delta Delta Delta – Theta Chapter; Delta Phi Delta; - Art Honorary Fraternity; Lake Harriet Yacht Club; American Girl Scouts.