Katrina Benner process. Photo credit: Chris Diani
MFA 2022 Artists MFA 2022 Artists: Katrina Benner
Katrina Benner

UMass Dartmouth 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition

About Katrina Benner

Katrina Benner is an artist and designer from New England, residing in Fall River, Massachusetts. She received her GED in 2013, followed by graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Associate Degree in Fine Art from Bristol Community College in 2016, and a Bachelor's in Printmaking with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 2019. Katrina is the recipient of numerous awards including the Corporal Kristina Paglio Commitment to Service Award (RISD) and the John A. Chironna Memorial Scholarship Award for Printmaking (RISD).

She has assisted printmakers Johnny Adimando and Thomas Lyon Mills, in addition to ongoing volunteer work with the RISD Alumni Association that includes work with the National Braille Press. Katrina’s work has been exhibited in the 2018 RISD Printmaking Triennial, 2016 Fall River Live Art Throw Down sponsored by Gnome Create, and the National Student Works On Paper Biennial 2015 at William Paterson University.


My MFA research spans the female body, sex roles, and relationships uprooted by trends of self-commodification dictated by social media platforms. My life’s challenges and experiences feed the conceptual content of my work and this catharsis acts as a foundation of the process. My work in fine art, printmaking, and digital painting culminates in portraits, pattern projections, and wallpaper obstructions to abstract, cover, and encode contradictions and paradoxes of morality and truth. Planographic building of visual terrains represents layers of boundaries incurred by women in a sexualized urban culture.



The Chapel
The Sexy Selfie Projection
Street Conversations