Benita majors in Architecture at Barnard College, Columbia University. She spent this past semester living and studying at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
In addition to architecture and academia, Benita's interests include drawing and painting, long distance running and playing 1920s novelty piano pieces. She is currently training for the 2012 NYC Marathon.
Check out her art and architecture work at www.Benitatrenk.com
Kennedy Fabrications, New York, NY, US, Intern
Worked with a team to fabricate small and large-scale architectural models for individuals and firms. Laser cut, hand cut, assembled, spray painted and finished models. Contributed to the fabrication process from start to finish. Helped set up window displays in stores. Tracked down and picked up materials for various projects.
Anthropologie, New York, NY, US, Design Intern
Worked with store designers to envision and create unique handcrafted store and window displays for the Chelsea store. Used various technical skills in the creation process, and did research while experimenting with unfamiliar materials.
Barnard College, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Architecture
Took a wide variety of liberal arts courses to satisfy Barnard's requirements. Architecture major with a concentration in deployable structures. Took many fine arts classes as well.
MASA scholarship, Grant
Received a scholarship grant to cover some of my expenses while studying in Israel at the Technion.
"Artist of the Month", Other
Feature article in the Scarsdale Inquirer about my art work.
Congressional Art Competition, Honorable Mention
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.
Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capitol.
Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Solo art exhibition, Greenburgh Town Hall, Other
Solo art exhibition at the Greenburgh Town Hall, Greenburgh NY.