Fletcher Benton is an American sculptor and painter from San Francisco, California. Benton is widely known for his kinetic art as well as his large-scale steel abstract geometric sculptures. After graduating in 1956 with his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Fletcher began his teaching career at the California College of Arts and Crafts. After three years he served as an instructor at the San Francisco Art Institute from 11964 to 1967 and has since been a professor as San Jose State University. Fletcher began exhibiting his art as early as 1961. Since, his sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints have been displayed in exhibits throughout America and in six other countries. Fletcher first gained recognitions as major Kinetic sculptor as well as his large-scale steel abstract geometric sculptures. In 2008, Fletcher Benton was a recipient of the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. In 1993 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Miami University at the Miami University Art Museum. And in 1995, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters by the University of Rio Grande, located in Gallia County, Ohio.
Works by Benton are in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum, CO; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; The Milwaukee Art Center, WI, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA; Oakland Museum and Sculpture Garden, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY and other major museums, universities and corporations.