Michele Benjamin is a New York-based Artist who creates Jewelry, Sculpture, Digital Photography Prints and Wearable Art. Her nature-inspired and activist creations are associated with cultural institutions, fashion, and social causes such as women's empowerment and wildlife conservation. Michele earned a BA in Art History from Arizona State University, completed post-graduate studies at Parsons School of Design, and specialized Jewelry Design courses at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), including fabrication techniques, lost wax, and professional jewelry production methods. Her collections are offered in art galleries, cultural institutions, and boutiques
in the U.S., and online nationally and internationally, including her iconic Bee design, as seen at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Bruce Museum
Store, on the runway at New York Fashion Week (NYFW), and on Amazon.com.
Michele’s love of fine art and the natural environment inspire the concept and creation of her artistic life forms, including bees, butterflies, angelfish, hummingbirds, tortoises, dragonflies, starfish, seahorses, lions, elephants, bears, giraffes and more. All of these forms add beauty and significance to the enrichment of the human experience. Michele equates forms found in nature to the timeless art that she observes in the great museums of the world. Her nature-themed work contains symbolism that refers to strong, positive, earth origins.
Her collections are certified: “Made in New York” through the New York Economic Development Corporation. She has received commissions from New York City Store, Central Park Conservancy, Battery Park Conservancy, Empowers Africa, The High Line, Roanoke College, Salem, VA, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA, Siddhartha School, Ladakh, India, and for Dubai Expo 2020, UAE.
"Art plays a significant role in social change because it raises public
awareness in order to reach the community at large. All forms of art are
universally understood regardless of language, religion, or nationality."