Artist Spotlight: William Behnken

June 05, 2019
Alpha MediaInwood Vista/Night Shift. Aquatint, 2011.


William Behnken is a life-long resident of New York.  He graduated from the High School of Music and Art and received his BA and MA from the City College of New York.  Behnken has taught drawing and printmaking at the Provincetown Art Association, the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts, and is currently an instructor in printmaking at the Art Students League and The City College of New York.  

Behnken is a member and former president of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA) and is an elected member of the National Academy of Design. His work has won many awards and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, British Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Brooklyn Museum, New-York Historical Society, Mississippi Museum, New York Public Library, among others. He has also been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and his other honors include being an elected member of Phi Beta Kappa and The Boston Printmakers.


In 2015, William Behnken was commissioned by the Noble Maritime Collection on Staten Island, New York, to produce work for its exhibition Robbins Reef Light House: Home on the Harbor. In 2016 he was commissioned by the Print Club of Albany to produce a piece for its annual Collector's Print.

"In my work I try to create a harmonious & cohesive composition using elements distilled from my visual & emotional experience in order to give fleeting moments a permanence and memorable order.  Over a lifetime of working, I have found that for me, tonal values and light become the expressive equivalents of mystery & introspection, as well as for the ideals of resolution and fulfillment.  I have come to focus my skills on printmaking because it offers me an involvement in a medium that demands disciplined control, as well as a sensual & rich material experience.”


To view more work by William Behnken please visit his artist page.