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Upcoming Museum Exhibitions

For the past few years, there have been a number of quite stellar art exhibitions featuring impressionist or sort of near-Impressionist art in the northern California region. Now the museums seem like they are focusing on more modern art, which appeals less to me. Still, there are lots of shows that sound interesting. Here is a completely subjective sampling.

Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA

April 13–July 28, 2013

LA County Museum of Art


J.C. Leyendecker


The Haggin Museum, Stockton, California

Like Norman Rockwell? Check out J. C. Leyendecker.


Inspiration Points: Masterpieces of California Landscape

May 31–August 11, 2013

Oakland Museum of California

The Oakland Museum has one of the best collections of early California art around.  IMHO.


Impressionists on the Water

Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

June 1 – October 13, 2013

In celebration of the Americas Cup races.


Diebenkorn: the Berkeley Years, 1953–1966

De Young Museum, San Francisco

June 22–September 29, 2013

I know, Diebenkorn is more modern than my typical recommendations.  But every artist working today has to contend with Diebenkorn somehow.


The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection

June 30–September 29, 2013

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento


David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition

DeYoung Museum, San Francisco

October 26, 2013–January 20, 2014


Matisse from SFMOMA

November 9, 2013–September 7, 2014

Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

Paintings from the SF MOMA collection while that museum undergoes renovation.


And of course, the really big not-to-miss show:

Anders Zorn, Sweden’s Master Painter

November 9, 2013–February 2, 2014

Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco

Among many artists I admire, Anders Zorn is ranked as one of the Big Three among many painters I respect, though he is less well known to the American public. (This Big Three comprises Sargent, Sorolla, and Zorn.) There was a smaller show at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston earlier this year. This show promises to be much larger, and a chance for those of us not going to Sweden to see his work in person.

What shows have I missed that you are looking forward to seeing this year?


Stockton Art League 57th Annual Exhibition

Stockton Mayor Ann Johnston presented 24 awards at the opening gala reception for the 57th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition at the Haggin Museum in Stockton Thursday, July 5. While your humble blogger was not one of them—they did use a detail from my painting for one of the banners outside the museum!

Banner at Stockton Art League show at Haggin Museum
One of the banners at the Stockton Art League Show at the Haggin Museum. The second from the bottom on the right is a detail of my piece.

Seriously, I am honored to have been included in this show. The quality of the work is very high. The show includes representational art, including both figurative and landscape pieces; abstracts; sculpture; and pottery. Entries came from as close as Stockton and as far away as Alaska and New Jersey.

Lighthousekeeper's House ©2012 by Stephanie Benedict.
They hung my painting by the sign for the show. The Lighthousekeeper’s House, ©2012 by Stephanie Benedict. Oil on canvas. 16 x 40.

The award for Best in Show was presented to Adam Forfang, of San Francisco, for his realist piece “On Thin Ice.”

On Thin Ice by Adam Forfang
On Thin Ice by Adam Forfang. Oil.16″ x 14″. Used by permission.

And if you’ve never been to the Haggin Museum: you’ve missed a gem. The paintings along the back wall in this photo of the awards ceremony (below) are part of the museum’s collection of Albert Bierstadt and William Keith paintings. And in other galleries there are works by Bougereau, Rosa Bonheur, Jean-Leon Gerome, William Merrit Chase, George Inness—even Gauguin and Renoir. They also have a collection of local and regional historical items, including a 1927 wooden boat.

SAL Awards Ceremony on July 5, 2012, Haggin Museum
SAL Awards Ceremony on July 5, 2012, Haggin Museum

I think it’s great that a local museum teams up with contemporary arts organizations like the Stockton Art League, the Plein Air Painters of America, and the American Society of Marine Artists to exhibit contemporary works, not just historical pieces.

Thank you to both the Stockton Art League and the Haggin Museum for including my piece in such a great show! The Stockton Art League show will be up until September 2.

Stockton Art League National Juried Show

I’m very excited that one of my paintings, The Lighthousekeeper’s House, has been accepted into the 57th Stockton Art League National Juried Show. As a special treat, the show will hang at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. The Haggin is one of Northern California’s hidden treasures, and I’m honored to have a piece shown there. The show runs from July 5 to September 2, 2012.  The opening reception is July 5, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  I hope you can join me there.

The Lighthousekeeper's House by Stephanie Benedict
The Lighthousekeeper’s House ©2011 Stephanie Benedict. Oil on canvas, 400 mm by 1000 mm

The Lighthousekeeper’s House is one of a series of works I’m doing at California’s endangered State Parks.  This one is Pt. Cabrillo Lighthouse State Park, in Mendocino. I will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this painting to keep California state parks open.

The Haggin Museum is located at 1201 N. Pershing Ave. Stockton. Their phone number is (209) 940-6300.  The museum is typically open in the afternoons until 5:00, and first and third Thursdays until 9:00. Admission is $8. For directions, and to see the show online (after July 5), please visit the Haggin Museum’s website.