About the Artist


Hello and welcome to my website!


My name is Kristy Benson. I am the Resident Scenic Designer and Paint Charge at the University  of Central Oklahoma.


My MFA in Scenic Design is from Illinois State University. My BFA is in Speech and Theatre with a minor in Studio Arts is from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. I have enjoyed my experiences working with many areas of Fine Arts such as theatre, dance, music, and art. 


In January 2015, I received the 2015 KCACTF Region III Theatrical Design Excellence Award for Scenic Design for my design of Water by the Spoonful. I then competed in the KCACTF national convention in Washington D.C.


I have previously been employed as an Assistant Scenic Designer for the Pacific Conservatory Theatre, the Scenic Designer and Paint Charge for Crossroads Summer Repertory, Stage Crew Apprentice for the Santa Fe Opera, and scene shop staff for Illinois State University and Northwestern Oklahoma State University.


My passion runs deep for the arts. Whether I work with theatre, studio art, or dance, I am always on the prowl for innovative inspiration and ideas.


As a scenic designer, it is my goal to not only continue to design and paint professionally, but to one day become an theatre educator so that I may inspire the next generation of artists.


Some of my hobbies include: reading, embroidering, spending time with my dog, yoga, dancing, and catching up on my favorite movies and tv shows.