56: Andrew James Benson

Categories: 100 Creatives

Courtesy Andrew James Benson
Benson on location in Rochina, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil for Riester and Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2012
See also: Mitchell 20: Education Documentary Shot in Phoenix Stands and Delivers

Andrew James Benson is a Phoenician -- he lists his history at Creighton Schools, Camelback High School, Gateway Community College, Arizona State University as references -- and a producer/director of socially responsible content for causes and organizations with Randy Murray Productions.

He's a self-described and self-styled activist for humanity who finds his medium in things and stuff.

Andrew James Benson - Mitchell 20 Pyramid.jpg
Courtesy Andrew James Benson
From Mitchell 20: Teacher Quality is the Answer - a documentary by Randy Murray Productions that Benson Co-Produced and Co-Directed with Randy Murray. This still is from an animation depicting teachers at the bottom of the educations system's hierarchal pyramid of power. 2011
I came to Phoenix with . . . a big smile on my face in a small room at St. Joseph's Hospital welcomed by parents who had no idea what they got themselves into.

Andrew James Benson - MARCHA-22 DE MARZO_A CIELO_WEB2.jpg
Courtesy Andrew James Benson
In collaboration with Luis Herrera, Benson created this poster while volunteering as a marketing consultant in Quito, Ecuador. The poster was printed and wheat pasted around Ecuador to garner support for a march in defense of the water, land and people of Ecuador. The march, held on March 22, 2012, was one of the largest Ecuador has seen in years. 2012

I make art because . . . as an activist, it feels practical.

I'm most productive when . . . I am not sleeping.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . divergent ideas alongside my mission and vision statements and my five-year plan.

I've learned the most from... making decisions then dealing with them and people smarter than me.

Good work should always be full of . . . unrelenting intent and, for me, didacticism.

The Phoenix creative community could use . . . more cultivation of buyers/clients, professional artists and gallerists, as well as marketing to buyers and gallerists in neighboring states. But first, I think we need common rhetoric about the art community we want to see in 10 years. For me, that involves establishing the aforementioned items. You?

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The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. <a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/07/colton_brock_phoenix_art_creatives.php" target="_blank">Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Brad Armstrong
59. Angela Hardison
58. Tyler Quinn

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