Bethany Benson joined the Juniata College faculty in 2007 as assistant professor of art. She comes to Juniata after working at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. She earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts in 2000 from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, in Dartmouth, Mass. She went on to study at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and earned a master's degree in fine arts in 2007 from Southern Illinois University.
At Southern Illinois, she taught the advanced ceramics course from 2004 to 2007 and taught the introductory "Foundations" course in ceramics for the 2006-2007 academic year. She also served as a teaching assistant for the university's visual culture course.
In addition, Benson worked as a book conservation assistant in Morris Library at Southern Illinois from 2005 to 2006 and also worked as a studio technician at Southern Illinois in the ceramics studio from 2004 to 2005.
Benson also has worked as a resident artist for several companies. She started her art career in 2001 as resident artist at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine. She also managed the after-school ceramics program from 2002 to 2003 at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
She has exhibited her work at various galleries and museums around the country, including the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center in Louisville, Ky. Yeiser Art Cebter in Paducah, Ky., Market House Craft Center in East Petersburg, Pa., Kent State University Museum in Kent, Ohio, and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China.