Michelle Benoit (b. 1964, Bridgewater) is a visual artist based in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Benoit’s work layers transparent and opaque materials, where color combinations are symbolic and memory is encoded in hue. The objects signify a personal, idealized geologic core sample, where time and sequence are rearranged and stratified within the form.
Benoit received a BFA from Rhode Island College, MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. While studying in Iowa, she was strongly influenced during an internship at the State Office of the Archeologist. She was the recipient of numerous prizes including the Merit Fellowship in Painting from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Benoit’s works can be found in the collections of the Swain School of Design now merged with University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, The University of Iowa Museum and Memorial Sloan Kettering’s permanent collection, in addition to numerous private collections.