Website: www.legendoftheblackstarr.com www.artbyrodneybennett.weebly.com
Rodney’s interest in art dates back to his early childhood. He would draw and create characters from television and comic books. Rodney continued in the arts from his youth into adulthood. He attended North Carolina Central University where he majored in Studio Art with a concentration in painting. As an undergraduate student, Rodney was exposed to a full range of art history and art-related courses - this reinforced his knowledge and interest in becoming a well-rounded artist. Since that time he has taught art to youth in the public, private and home school arenas. Rodney continues to use a wide variety of mediums and disciplines including and not limited to: portraiture, comic book illustration, painting, drawing and sculpture. To this day he enjoys time painting and sculpting, teaching art classes for youths and adults, creating comic books and freelance opportunities.
“Coffee Cup Collaborative”,A public works project
A bronzed sculpture relief on permanent display,
City Hall district, Greensboro, NC.
CBS Sunday Morning Art Segment:
"To Conserve a Legacy"American Art for Historically Black Colleges
Universities",MIT Press publication: "To Conserve a Legacy:
American Art for Historically Black Colleges and Universities"
publication used nationally for African American Art History courses.
N.C.C.U Literary Magazine, "Ex Umbra"
Group Charcoal Drawings
2011 Arts Council of Moore County, Southern Pines, NC
31st Annual Fine Arts Festival”
2006 Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC
The Annual "Open House Exhibit"
North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC
NCA Group Exhibit
2000 Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill, NC
New Century Artists: Young African Americans
from North Carolina, Works featured in the Durham Herald Sun Newspaper
As the strongest in the exhibition.
Durham Arts Council Member Exhibition, Durham, NC
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
North Carolina Central University Foundation Art Gala2000
1999 The SEEDS Outdoor Exhibition, Durham, NC
(Wax and concrete life size Sculpture Busts)
Surroundings Art Studio/Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
Consignment: Gospel Greats
1998 Branch of the Orange County Library
Orange County Arts Commission
1996 New Horizons, N.C.C. U. Art Museum
The Left Breast
Juried exhibit, 1st place winner
2011 Book of Poetry Cover Art
Contact Person: LaTonya Robinson
2007 Childrens book illustration
Contact Person: Karena Turner
“Santa Writes A Letter”.
2005 Mid Eastern Athletic Council, Greensboro, NC
Contact Person: Ms. Brenda McCoy
Sculpture Busts of MEAC Hall of Fame inductees ( 5 inductees in all)
2000 Eastway Elementary School, Durham, NC
School Mascot ( Eagle in Flight), Mural painting
1998 St. Joseph's Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC
Bust of Malcolm X ( purchased ) Mixed Media Group Show
1999 North Carolina Central University
B.A Bachelor of Arts Degree/Studio Art
Education and Training:
North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, BA degree in Studio Arts, December, 1999
University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, MA, 1994-1995
Perceptual Control Theory certified, January, 2010
Why Try certified, 2009
Project Adventure certified, October, 2010
Second Step Certified, 2009
Member of the Board of Directors for the Randolph Arts Guild, 2011
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