AAU lecturer, Barbara Benish has been invited to speak at the Youth Summit on Climate Change, where she is additionally curating an exhibit of African artists for the Summit, with her own work included in the exhibition.

Barbara Benish is an artist, curator, writer and farmer. She studied Ethnography & Art at the University of Hawai’i, and Painting at Claremont Graduate University, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts in 1988. Her artwork has been in hundreds of international exhibitions and is in permanent collections, including P.S.1 Museum in New York, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Yale Library, the Stadtgeschichtliche Museen in Nurnberg, Germany, and the National Gallery in Prague.

The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at the United Nations, and to meaningfully engage with decision-makers on the defining issue of our time. This historic event will take place on Saturday, September 21 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday, September 23.

As for her teaching career at AAU, Benish is currently teaching two courses for the School of Journalism, Media and Visual Arts this Fall semester- Intro to Studio Art: Installation and Eco-Art, and Art in the Public Realm.


Barbara Benish

Adjunct Lecturer, Visual Art Studies program

Publication date: September 20, 2019