The Art of Bennecelli
James (Jim) Bennett

Major Awards
“Virginia Artists 1969” – Certificate of Distinction
Southwest Ohio Art Education Educator of the Year, 2003

The Artist's Story
Jim Bennett has worked as an artist and teacher for over five decades. After his retirement in 2015 from full-time teaching, he focused on writing and producing art that was an exploration of dream imagery and the subconscious workings of our minds. He was fascinated by the timelessness and the universality of dream symbols, and wondered if these archetypal symbols might relate somehow to genetic memories of humanity's ancestral origin. During this time he studied the writings of Carl Jung.

Bennett had a vision in a dream in which he was told if he really wanted to know the truth about the origin of humanity, he must search "the ancient, sacred scrolls." The next morning, with his curiosity aroused, he decided to take a fresh look at the stories in the Bible.

Reading the stories with fresh eyes, he was amazed to discover that these old, familiar stories, contained symbols and hidden information he had never seen before. From early February, 2019, he began to create a series of monotypes -- not as illustrations of the stories but as new interpretations based on in-depth research and his own inner vision. This process led to insight into our origin and pointed to a new understanding of the Creator.

By June 2019, Bennett had completed seventy-seven monotypes based on the Hebrew Bible which the Jewish people call the Tanakh. These works were exhibited in September and October, 2019 at the Art Centro Gallery in Poughkeepsie. Individual prints of the 77 monotypes, as well as a book of the entire collection are available for purchase at an affordable price. Please check the links on the intro page.


Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA, 1963-66. Studied with Ray Prohaska, noted illustrator.
Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, 1967. Studied with Washington Color School painters: Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, and James Twitty.

BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1970

MFA, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1972


Numerous Juried Shows in Washington, DC, Virginia and North Carolina, 1967 – 1974

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

                “American Painting 1970” – Selected by Peter Selz

                Solo Show, 1970

“Virginia Artists 1971”

Undergraduate Fellowship, 1969-70

Graduate Fellowship, 1970-71

University Of North Carolina at Greensboro

                Graduate Assistantships, 1970-1972

Exhibited widely in Poughkeepsie
                Barrett Arts Center, 2017, 2018, 2019
                Arts Mid-Hudson, 2017, 2018
                Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 2017
                Art Centro, 2017, 2018, 2019
                Gallery 330, 2018
                Crafted Kup Coffee House, 2018
                Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, 2016


1975 – 2015  Bennett taught at several private schools in Virginia, Ohio, and New York. During this time he was able to explore a variety of different art media and techniques including calligraphy, illustration, murals, and portraiture. He received recognition for his work in applying art to teaching math (see MathSquad.Com) but did not exhibit his artwork during that time.


Bennett authored Calligraphy For Dummies, 2007, as well as other books on art and four novels including The Poughkeepsie Mystery, 2016, To see all of Jim Bennett's many publications, please visit

Copyright © James Bennett, 2020