Benoit at DEMO Project

DEMO Project, a contemporary art gallery in Springfield, Illinois, presents Were we even here, a site-responsive and mixed media exhibit from Southern Illinois-based artist Grant Benoit.

An opening reception for Were we even here will take place at DEMO Project on Friday, January 15, from 6:00-8:30pm. The exhibit will run through Saturday, January 30. DEMO Project is open for the duration of the exhibit on Saturday afternoons from 1:00pm-4:00pm, or throughout the week by appointment.

Grant Benoit was awarded this solo exhibition opportunity by winning the competitive Studio Break annual competition. Studio Break is a Contemporary Art Podcast/Website which facilitates this competition to award artists in three potential career categories --- BA/BFA, MA/MFA, and ESTABLISHED --- a feature interview and solo exhibition with a supporting venue in Central Illinois. This year the competition judge was Julia Friedman, former Director of the July Friedman Gallery and current Founder and CEO of Exchangeworks. This is the second year that DEMO Project has partnered with Studio Break to support this award, and we are pleased to welcome Grant Benoit as the winner of his category: recent MA/MFA.

Grant Benoit received his Master of Fine Arts in 2015 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with an emphasis in printmaking. His exhibition is responsive to the site of DEMO Project, a bungalow-turned-art-gallery. Grant states, "When approaching the DEMO Project space, I was interested in exploring the layers of memory that become corroded and reassembled throughout a life lived. Entering into this space that was a home, I am flooded with my own memories and frustrations as the years have disrupted and shifted the mental images of the ten places I once called home."

DEMO Project is located at 732 N 4th Street, Springfield, IL 62702, on the Springfield Art Association campus. DEMO Project is directed by Springfield-based contemporary artists, all of whom have an affiliation to the UIS Visual Arts program. For inquiries, please email or visit

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