Fía Benitez
Born and raised in MX
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

studiofiabenitez at gmail dot com

Education

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Valencia, CA, 2021
MFA, Art

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2018
BA, Media Studies, magna cum laude
Thesis Advisor: Molly Nesbit

Goldsmiths, University of London, 2017
Study Abroad Program

SIT Nicaragua, Managua, NI, 2016
Study Abroad Program

Solo Exhibitions 

✶Points of Interest, Newhall Crossings, Newhall, CA, 2021
✶Root Rot, 7313 Melrose, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
Mid-Residency, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2020

Group Exhibitions

History. Health. Home., 45th Anniversary Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction, Venice, CA, 2024
35 x 35, Juried Bicentennial, Consulate General of Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Névés Never Die, organized by Édouard NG, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
persistence & rupture, organized by Sarah Sophia Yanni and Christine Imperial, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
Transitional Objects, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
ForGround, Peer 2 Peer, Mt. Washington, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
CalArts Expo, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021
Other Places Art Fair, San Pedro, CA, 2021
thurs.night, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021
Other Places Art Fair, San Pedro, CA, 2020
Drawing: A Verb, organized with Connie Hatch, A402, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2019
MFA1s, D300, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2019
Stickbug Planet, organized by Cal Fish, The Glove, Brooklyn, NY, 2018

Talks, Readings, Programs

4N Exchange, Special Special, Printed Matter, New York, NY, 2024
Speculative Fiction, Coleman Collins: Leveling, Ehrlich Steinberg, Los Angeles, CA, 2024
Car Crash Collective, Footsies, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
moving images are still images, organized by Greg Jenkins, Heavy Manners Library, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
ECHO, organized by Édouard NG, Le Maximum, Venice, CA, 2023
Bee Bread, organized by hannah rubin, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
re:connections, artist book launch, MAK Center, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
re:connections, exhibition panel, moderated by Mercedes Dorame, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
water / relic / spices, anthology launch, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
On Points of Interest, guest lecturer to Lecia Dole Recio and Michael Ned Holte’s BFA Foundations course, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021

Curatorial Projects

nada que declarar, Aparador, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Cipher Blueprint, organized with Patrick W. Vogel, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2023
✶Tense Renderings: the will and won’t of spatial logics, organized with Simone Zapata, The Reef, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
re:connections, MFA postgraduate exhibition, organized with Audrey Min, Tin Flats, Los Angeles, CA, 2021

Publications

The Vassar Review, Editor-at-Large, previously Editor-in-Chief and Arts Editor, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2015-present
East of Borneo, Editorial Fellow, Los Angeles, CA, 2024
The Big One, Ed. Johanna Stone and Gabby Sones, Issue 1, Los Angeles, CA, 2024
4N, Special Special, Issue 1, New York, NY, 2024
Making and Meaning: Highlights of the Collection, Ed. Alyx Raz and Elizabeth Nogrady, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2023
Iteration 4 w A, Ed. Steph Smith, Book of Secrets, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
✶re:connections, artist book, Ed. with Lois Bielefeld, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
re:connections, exhibition catalog, Ed. with Lois Bielefeld, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
water / relic / spices, Ed. Sarah Sophia Yanni and Christine Imperial, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
School of Art Project Archive, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021
MFA Index, USA, 2021
Clubbing, organized by Ariel Osterweis, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021
wbd, Ed. Noah Ross, baest: a journal of queer affects, Issue 5, Oakland, CA, 2020
EDGE, Ed. with Lauren Mackler, Sublevel Magazine, Issue 4, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2020
Untitled (Gowanus), Ed. Steph Smith, New Writing by California Poets, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
On Uncertainty, Ed. Hallie Ayres, New York, NY, 2019
Studio Magazine, Ed. with Liz Gwinn, Spring/Summer, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2019
On Stacy Grossfield's "metamorphosis", The Kitchen Blog, The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2019
In Conversation with Pamela Z, The Kitchen Blog, The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2019
Interview with Alia Hamaoui: Artist in Residence, Peckham Artist Run, London, UK, 2018

Performance

Ephemeral Portraits/Actions, Harry Gamboa Jr., Newhall, CA, 2024
Present Tense, Harry Gamboa Jr., Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Mowalola x NB, Dir. Aimee Hoffman, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Clara Auguste: From My Window, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 2020
Pauline Oliveros: Full Pink Moon, Opera Povera, USA, 2020
a package was delivered to your door, hannah rubin, Los Angeles, CA, 2020
Martine Syms: Bitch Zone, She Mad, Season 1, Los Angeles, CA, 2019
DROME: The New New Wave, The Public, New York, NY, 2018
CBT: Pull Requests, Movement Advisor to Tamar Clarke-Brown, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2018

Research

Research Fellow to Norman M. Klein, The Vatican to Vegas, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
Research Fellow to Carolina Caycedo, Getty PST 2024, Los Angeles, CA, 2021
Research and Practice Fellow to Michael Ned Holte, how we are in time and space: Nancy Buchanan, Marcia Hafif, Barbara T. Smith, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, 2020
Curatorial Assistant to Mary-Kay Lombino, People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs, and Films by Andy Warhol, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2017
Ford Scholar to Lizabeth Paravisini-Gebert, Troubled Sea: Ecology and History in 21st-Century Caribbean Art, and The Assaulting Caribbean Sea: Climate Change Resilience and The Region’s Endangered Cities, New York, NY, and various locations in the Caribbean, 2016
Pindyck Curatorial Intern to Mary-Kay Lombino, Other People’s Pictures: Snapshots from the Peter J. Cohen Gift, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2015

Teaching

Faculty, Practicum, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2024
Tour Guide, Frieze, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY, 2024
Tour Guide, Frieze, Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY, 2023
Teaching Artist, Oakwood School, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Teaching Artist, Misty Wagon Schoolhouse, Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Teaching Artist Assistant, California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA), CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021
✶Paul Brach Visiting Artist Lecture Series Fellow, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2020
Peer Tutor, Writing Center, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2019-21
Advanced Fieldwork in Arts Education, Dia Beacon, Beacon, NY, 2018
Docent, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2014-16

Residencies

REEF Residency, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
Scholar-in-Residence, La Rizoma, Managua, NI, 2016
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Summer Collectives Residency, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2015

Fellowships, Grants, Honors, Awards

Juried Bicentennial Honorable Mention, Consulate General of Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, 2022
Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grant, USA, 2022
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and California Arts Council Fund, USA, 2022
The Dots Between Fellowship, USA, 2022
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni Micogrogrant, USA, 2022
Creative Project Grant, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2021
Dean’s Grant, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2020, 2021
Dorothy Evans Fellowship, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2020
Student Union Métier Grant, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2019, 2020, 2021
Travel Grant, Center for Life and Work, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2019
Eloise Ellery Fellowship, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2019
Lillian Disney Scholarship, CalArts, Valencia, CA, 2019-21
Media Studies Department Honors, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2018
General Honors, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2018
Art Fund Fellowship, Bold Tendencies, London, 2018
Tananbaum Fellowship, New York, NY, 2017
Mary Cronson Scholarship, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2014-18

Academic and Community Service

Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, CA, 2024
Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, CA, 2023
Engaged Pluralism Initiative, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2018
Alumni Mentor, SIT Nicaragua, 2017 
Scholarship Ambassador, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2014-18

Internships

The Kitchen, New York, NY, 2019
Performance Space New York, NY, 2018
Creative Time, Inc., New York, NY, 2017
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, 2017

Press

Matria: First registry of Mexican, Mexican-American and Chicana Visual Artists in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Mexico, Los Angeles, 2023
Beyond the Blue Wall: REEF Residents Fía Benitez and Simone Zapata, 24700: The Podcast, 2023
CalArtians Join Group Reading at Aparador LA for Gallery Weekend, 24700, 2023
2022 REEF Residents Featured on Beyond the Blue Wall and Launch Digital Archive, 24700, 2023
Meet Fía Benitez | Artist, Voyage LA, 2022
New Exhibition Interrogates Mapmaking in Tense Renderings: the will and won’t of spatial logics, 24700, 2022
Alums Celebrate Launch of Artist Book re:connections, 24700, 2022
Hopeful and Aware: MFA Work From CalArts and UC Irvine, Hyperallergic, 2021
re:connections: Two New Publications from Art MFA Exhibition, 24700, 2021
re:connections: Art MFAs Present 2021 Postgraduate Exhibition, 24700, 2021
Center for Integrated Media’s Transitional Objects on View at JACCC, 24700, 2021
Art Students Staged Thesis Exhibitions at 7313 Melrose Ave., 24700, 2021
REEF Residency: Persistence & Rupture, a Virtual Reading and Chapbook Launch, 24700, 2021
CalArtians at Fourth Annual Other Places Art Fair, 24700, 2021
Art MFA Students Present VR Gallery at Other Places Art Fair 2020, 24700, 2020
People Are Beautiful, Gagosian Quarterly, 2018  

Public Collections and Archives

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, CA
ASU Library, Tempe, AZ
CalArts Library, Valencia, CA
CalArts School of Art Archive, Valencia, CA
CalArts School of Critical Studies Archive, Valencia, CA
Center for Book Arts, New York, NY
Harvard University Artists' Book Collection, Cambridge, MA
Getty Research Institute Library, Los Angeles, CA
Jiazazhi, Ningbo, China
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Los Angeles, CA
MICA Special Collections at Decker, Baltimore, MD
MoMA Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection, New York, NY
New York Public Library Art & Architecture Collection, New York, NY
Reed College Special Collections, Portland, OR
The Whitney Museum of American Art Frances Mulhall Achilles Library, New York, NY
Yale University Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, New Haven, CT
University of California Santa Cruz McHenry Library, Santa Cruz, CA
Vassar College Archives & Special Collections Library, Poughkeepsie, NY
Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN