Bennett Bean is a quintessential American polymath. He is best known as a ceramic artist (for his treatment of vessels post firing); but works in a range of media including stone, precious metals, wool and silk weaving, paper, parchment and painting. He was formally trained in fine art and has been making things, prolifically, since 1960, full time in studio for that last 25 years. His work is represented by numerous galleries as well as in major museum collections nationwide.
Bennett Bean's selected permanent collections include Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The White House, Washington, DC; U.S. News and World Report, Washington, DC; University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, NY; 10th Anniversary Collection, The Studio Potter, NH; The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CA; St. Louis Museum of Art, MO; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; Racine Art Museum, WI; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ; The Newark Museum, NJ; The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Mobile Museum of Art, AL; Museum of Arts & Sciences, Macon, GA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; Longhouse Foundation Collection, East Hampton, NY; The JB Speed Art Museum, Louisville KY; Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN; Grinnell College, IA. George & Dorothy Saxe Collection featured at The Toledo Museum of Art, OH; The Detroit Institute of Arts, MI; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Cincinnati Art Museum, OH; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock; Arizona State University, Tempe, AR and American Craft Museum, NY.
Grants and Awards Bennett has received include Editorial Award, "Design 100," Metropolitan Home, 2003; 1996 Purchase Award Winner, Hammonds National. Editorial Award, "Design 100," Metropolitan Home, 1990; New Jersey State Council On The Arts Fellowship, 1978 and 1988. National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship, 1980; Wagner College Research Grants, 1968, 1970, 1977, and 1978.