2002               MFA, The University of Georgia, Drawing and Painting    

1996               BFA, Savannah College of Art and Design (cum laude)

                       Painting, minor in Art History



2003-current             University of Montevallo, Professor of Art

                                 I direct the concentration in painting, teach all levels of painting in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and mixed                                                media, manage the drawing and painting facilities, and direct senior Portfolio classes.

2002-2003               Truett-McConnell College, adjunct faculty

2002-2003               The University of Georgia, adjunct faculty

1999-2002                The University of Georgia, teaching assistant



2018               Outpour, Hoover Public Library, October 2 – November 28 (Solo).

                       Collaborative work by Joseph and Misty Bennett, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Salmon Library      

                       Gallery, August 28- September 27.

2017               Coalesce: Collaborative Work by Joseph and Misty Bennett, Hoover Public Library, Friends Gallery May 1st-  

                       May 31st, and Plaza Gallery June 1st-June 30th.

2016               Coalesce: Collaborative Work by Joseph and Misty Bennett, Fourth Floor Gallery, Birmingham Public Library,

                       November 3rd-December 30th.

                       Magic City Art Connection, Linn Park, Birmingham, AL, April 22-24.

                       Art of the State, Tennessee Valley Art Museum, January 3- March 28, 2016.

2015               Coalesce: Drawing Collaborations, Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, August 9-October 31.

2014               Collective Explorations, University of Montevallo Gallery,

                       Oct. 2 -22, Curated by Joe Bennett.

2013               Perceptual Excavations, TEJAS Gallery, Dayton, OH, July 5-26, 2013.

                       Fables of the Eco-Future, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, Rabun Gap, GA, March 22-June 1, 2013,   

                       Curated by Lisa Alembik.

                       The Art of Healing, Wiregrass Museum/College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan, AL (Permanent Collection).

                       Cochran Gallery, La Grange, GA, May 10-31, 2013.

                       Energen Art Competition, Birmingham, AL, March 11- 22, 2013.

2012               Team/Work Drawing Collaborations, Georgia College Museum, Milledgeville, GA, Sept. 26-Dec. 8, 2012.

2011               SECAC Juried Exhibition, Gutstien Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Juried by: Dan Cameron.                          Part of the SECAC 2011 Annual Conference. Nov. – Dec., 2011.

                       Alabama’s Finest, Gadsden Museum of Art, Nov. 14, 2011- Jan. 15, 2012, Gadsden, AL.

                       Six in One: SCAD in New American Paintings, Gallery See  (Atlanta) and Alexander Hall Gallery

                       (Savannah), January 10-February 25, part of the SCAD deFine Art Event.

2010               Misty Bennett, Deborah Karpman, and Ted Metz, Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, Alabama, June – July.

2009               Art in Academia, Juried by Dr. Paul Richelson, Space 301, Mobile, AL, September 11-October 24.

                       Hope and Dream, Amanda Schedler Fine Art, Homewood, AL, February 13-March 28.

2008               Misty Bennett: Works on Paper, Vandiver Gallery, Anderson University, Anderson, SC, October 15 – November                        15 (Solo Show)

                       Transforming Matter, Caladan Gallery, February 10 – April 9.

                       The Southern Open 2008, Juried by Peter Frank, Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette, LA, May 10 – July 26.

                       Classicism, Modernism, and Beyond, Juried by Darby Bannard, Gallery RFD, Statesboro, GA, April 12 – May   


                       Faculty Show, The University of Montevallo, August 28 – September 18.

                       Faculty Show: The University of Montevallo, Jacksonville State University, September 30 – October 31.

                       Energy in the 21st, Curated by Amanda Schedler,

                       21st Street Studios, Birmingham, AL, November 13 – December 31.

2007               Red Clay Survey 2007, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville,

                       AL, Juror: Margaret Lazzari

2006               Contemporary Alabama: 4 Artists, State Arts Council Art Gallery, Montgomery, AL, Curated by Georgine Clarke

                       Faculty Show, University of Montevallo Gallery, Montevallo, AL

2005               The Saltline Biennial, Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL, Curated by Tommy McPherson

2005               The Unfinished Project: Contemporary Southern Abstraction, Union Grove Gallery, University of Alabama 

                       at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL, Curated by Kathryn Jill Johnson

2005               CAA Members Show, Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2005               Misty Bennett and Clifton Pearson: Recent Faculty/Recent Work, University of Montevallo Gallery,    

                       Montevallo, AL

2004               Focus - Alabama, Space 301, Mobile, AL           

                       Momentum, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SC,


                       Ceres Sixth National Juried Exhibition, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY, Juror: Feresteh Daftari, Assistant Curator,                        Department of Painting and Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, NY                 

                       17th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

                       Juror:  Matthew Drutt (Catalog)

                       University of Montevallo Faculty Show: 90 Days Same as Cash, University of Montevallo Gallery, Montevallo,


                       Salon Blue, Studio 201, Birmingham, AL



2018               “Coalesce, collaborative work by Joseph and Misty Bennett” Gallery talk at the University of Alabama in   


2016               “Expanded Forms,” Faculty Research Symposium, University of Montevallo

2013               “Team/Work Drawing Collaborations,” Faculty Research Symposium, Discoveries session, University of

                       Montevallo, collaboratively with Professor Joseph Bennett.

                       “Terrestrial Ghost,” Faculty Research Symposium, Spectres session, University of Montevallo.

2012               “Team/Work Drawing Collaborations,” Georgia College Museum, Milledgeville, GA, collaboratively with Professor

                       Joseph Bennett

2011               “Works on Paper,” Faculty Research Symposium, University of Montevallo.

2008               “Works on Paper,” Vandiver Gallery, Anderson University, Anderson, SC

2004               American Association of University Women, “ The Road Less Traveled: Celebrating Creative Artists and Writers 

                       at the Crossroads”, Panel Discussion, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL

2004               “Influence and Metaphor”, University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL    

                       “Influence and Metaphor”, Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, AL



2017               Encaustic Painting, Forstall Art Center, Birmingham, AL. This was a day-long painting workshop that taught the   

                       basic materials and techniques of painting with pigment suspended in hot wax.

2016               R & F Pigment Sticks, Forstall Art Center, Birmingham, AL. This workshop introduced students to the medium of 

                       oil paint sticks. Over the one-day course students completed one full painting and two small studies.



2013               Pen Women’s Exhibition, Bluff Park, AL

2010 & 2011   Monte Sano Art Show, Huntsville, AL

2007               Gadsden Museum of Art Annual Juried Exhibition, Gadsden, AL

                       Tuscaloosa Arts Council Annual Juried Exhibition, City Hall, Tuscaloosa, AL

2005               Prattauga Art Guild Annual Juried Exhibition, Prattville, AL

2005               Huntsville Art League Annual Exhibition, Huntsville, AL

2004               The University of Alabama at Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

                       Juried Student Exhibition

                       Monte Sano Art Show, Huntsville, AL



2015 Research and Creative Projects Grant for Coalesce: Birmingham Public Library Exhibition

2014 Research and Creative Projects Grant for Scale Shift: Expanding Forms for Greater Connection

2012 Research and Creative Projects Grant for Team/Work Collaborations with Joseph Bennett

2012 Sabbatical, University of Montevallo

2010 Research and Special Projects Grant, University of Montevallo

2008 Summer Research Stipend, Awarded by The Academic Development, Research and Special Projects Committee, The University of Montevallo

2007 Research and Special Projects Grant, University of Montevallo, for solo exhibition at Anderson University Gallery in South Carolina

2005 Research and Special Projects Grant, University of Montevallo, to purchase supplies for a new body of work.

2004 Research and Special Projects Grant, University of Montevallo, to pursue research and purchase necessary supplies for upcoming exhibitions.

2002 Purchase Award, MFA Exhibition, One of two works chosen for

purchase by the University of Georgia President's Collection



Fables of the Eco-Future, Exhibition Catalog

New American Paintings,  Southeastern Edition, V. 88, Juror: Barbara O’Brian, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 2010

Studio Visit Magazine, The Open Studios Press, Volume 4

A juried selection of international visual artists, more than 1000 artists submitted work for this first edition of Studio Visit. Entries come from around the globe and in a variety of media, to be selected by the juror Carl Belz, Director Emeritus of the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.

Alexandra Mack, “Now and Zen”, Charleston City Paper, Volume 8, Issue 6, September 29, 2004, 39-44. Exhibition review with photograph.

Lisa Reinauer, “17th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition”, Exhibition catalog, March 25 - April 15, 2004.

Catherine Fox, “Landscapes That Most of Us Never See”,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 30, 2002, C6. Exhibition review with photograph.

Felicia Feaster, “Familiar Territory”,  Creative Loafing Atlanta, August 28, 2002, 61.



2003, 2004, 2007      The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA



Carmichael Library, Harness Satchel, Octopus Bag, Chrysanthemum Sweater, 100% Silk, University of Montevallo, permanent collection.

College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dothan, AL, Internal Landscape and Polka-Dot.

The University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL, Fold, Displayed in the College of Fine Arts Building (Davis Hall), as well as various works in Flowerhill, the University President’s residence

President's Collection, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, Flood, 67 x 70 inches, Oil on masonite panels, Displayed in the New College building



2019                           Alabama State Council on the Arts Scholarship Juror

                                   Shelby County Board of Education Elementary School Art Contest Judge

                                   Southern Environmental Center Adirondack Chair (painted chair donation for the Magic School

                                   Bus Project)

2018                           Painting donated, American Association of University Women silent auction

2016                           Owens House, The Shelby County Children’s Advocacy Center, My advanced painting class created a                                    series of paintings which we donated and installed in the Owens House. We worked closely with the                                    staff to understand the various issues and needs of the children there and made work that responded to                                        those needs and helped to make this place feel welcoming to them.

2013                          The Nature Conservancy Adirondack Chair Project,

                                   Railroad Park, Birmingham, AL

2013-2014                 Watercress Darter Festival, sponsored by the Southern Environmental Center, participated in fundraising   

                                  painting project with UM students.

2011                          American Association of University Women Annual Fashion Show

2006-2010                Montevallo Arts Council Board of Directors Member