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Raised in the deep South, Raina’s experience with the living past through storytelling and reenactment is extensive. Whether it is through painting, installation, video, writing, sound, or collaborative projects, her work investigates narrative through a poet’s lens. Raina Benoit received her BA from Louisiana State University in Liberal Arts and minored in Creative Writing (1999). After living and working in New York City she continued her studies in France at the Atelier des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris (2001) where she studied in painting and drawing. She completed her MFA (2006) at the University of Arizona and for close to a decade has lived and researched along the South Eastern U.S coastline.  She lives between France and Louisiana where she currently works on the project space, The Creative Refuge

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Selected exhibitions and performances include Mass Moca (North Adams, MA), 1134 Gallery (New York, NY), Ad Hoc Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Platform Gallery (Tucson, AZ), Deland Museum of Art (Deland, FL), 911 Media Art Center (Seattle, Washington), The Morean Art Center, C. Emerson Art Gallery (St.Petersburg, Fl), Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, La), and various other international and national entities.


2006           Master of Fine Arts, University of Arizona, Summa Cum Laude,Tucson, AZ, Painting/Drawing

2001            Atelier des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France, One Year Study Painting/Drawing

1999             Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana State University, Magna Cum Laude, Baton Rouge, LA, Liberal Arts Painting/Drawing


2015           * The Tree Army, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL 

                       The Seeker, Shaw Center for Arts, Louisiana State University

2014           * A Search for Balance, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA 2014

2012            * Tourist: A Visit through Local Voices, Amelia Center Gallery, GCSC, Panama City, Fl 2012



2019              Numero I, Creative Refuge, Moulis France 

2017              Flora, Fauna, and Entrails, Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, La 2017

2015              Personal Space, Florida Craftsman, curator Amanda Cooper, St. Petersburg, Fl

2014              Man & Nature, Southeastern University Contemporary Art Gallery, curator Dale Newkirk, Hammond, La

2012              Florida: Paradise Lost and Found, Morean Art Center, curator Amanda Cooper, St. Petersburg, Fl

2011               Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful & the Sublime, C.Emerson Fine Arts, St. Pete, Fl


2015             Gulf Coast Exploreum, Children’s Museum, Mobile, AL

2014             Science & Discovery Center, Children’s Museum, Panama City, Fl

2011              Scope New York, Courtesy C. Emerson Fine Arts, New York, NY 

                      Aqua Miami, Courtesy of  C. Emerson Fine Arts, Miami, Fl

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