Brad Anderson, executive director of Salina Arts & Humanities, announced lately that Joan Benefiel has been selected as the agency’s new arts services coordinator.

Benefiel will oversee the Smoky Hill River Festival’s juried art exhibit, demo artists, outdoor art installations and the Artwork Patron Software. She also will provide as the major liaison to the Neighborhood Art & Structure Method and its advisory committee, and will serve as a regional public artwork and visible arts useful resource

Benefiel, a Wichita native, most just lately lived and worked in New York City and in Brooklyn, N.Y. In the previous 17 many years, Benefiel’s function as a sculptor has bundled commissions for the Vietnam Veteran’s War Monument in Eisenhower Point out Park in Extended Island, N.Y., and to create a St. Ignatius Memorial for Fairfield College in Fairfield, Conn.

Benefiel holds a bachelor’s diploma in women’s scientific studies from the University of Kansas and a MFA in figurative sculpture from the New York Academy of Art. She also has analyzed at the Artwork Pupils League of New York, Parsons University of Style, the School of Visible Arts, and at the College of Hull in the United Kingdom.

Her items have been integrated in shows ranging from “Beyond Rodin: Present-day Figurative Sculpture Exhibition” for the Rye Arts Heart, to “The Showcase Collection of Compact Works” at the Countrywide Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.