Fletcher Benton

Fletcher Benton (1931- )

After receiving his B.F.A. in 1956 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Benton moved to California where he gained an international reputation as a teacher and as a pioneering kinetic sculptor and where he developed his celebrated alphabet series. His large-scale outdoor sculptures in painted steel are in major collections throughout the United States and abroad including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Hirschorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Benton’s accolades include an award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1979) , an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Miami,Ohio, University (1993), and a Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award by the International Sculpture Center (2008). In 2009 the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York acquired a complete set of the Alphabet Series models for its permanent collection.

Works in the collection:

19 Alphabet Series: Blue, 1989
Painted steel
East Boulevard, School of Law entrance, [1991.1]

20 Alphabet Series: Black, 1989
Painted steel
Ford Road, School of Law entrance, [1991.2]

21 Alphabet Series Red, 1989
Painted Steel
Ford Road, School of Law, [1991.3]

38 Black Construction, Two-on-One Wave, 1995
Painted steel
Kelvin Smith Library, Harry and Sarah Ferber Atrium, [1999.1]


The Putnam Sculpture Collection
Case Western Reserve University
11201 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7110