BENAL DIKMEN
I am living and working in Istanbul. I have a double bachelor of art from the universities of Marmara and Mimar Sinan. I have a mastership degree and certificate of art proficiency from the second where I started working as a lecturer. I have attended various individual and collective exhibitions and workshops as well as domestic and international symposia. My articles about artistic issues are currently published by various periodicals. My latest activities are the participation of 3rd Ruhr Biennale, Shingle 22J Biennale where I was awarded as 3rd prize, and collective exhibition with Giulia Ripandelli in Forte Sangalo, Nettuno, Rome.
Actually I work as associate professor in two chairs: Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Sculpture Section and Yeni Yüzyıl University, Visual Communication Design section.    


Education:  

● 2009, Mimar Sinan University, Fine Arts Faculty, SBE Painting Section, Proficiency in Art/Doctorate degree
● 2004, Mimar Sinan University, Fine Arts Faculty, SBE Painting Section, Mastership degree
● 2000, Mimar Sinan University, Fine Arts Faculty, Painting Section, License diploma
● 1977, Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty, Textile Section, License diploma    


Academic Tasks:  

● 2018- Yeni Yüzyıl University, Communication Faculty, Visual Communication Design Section, associate professor
● 2015- Yeni Yüzyıl University, Fine Arts Faculty, Graphical Design Section, associate professor
● 2010- Mimar Sinan University, Fine Arts Faculty, Sculpture Section, associate professor
   

Courses she actually gives:  

In the Sculpture section of the Fine Arts University Mimar Sinan, Istanbul:
● Mythology and Art: for undergraduates and graduates
● Mythology and Contemporary Art: for undergraduates and graduates
● Symbol in Visual Arts: for students in the artistic proficiency level  

In the Graphic Design section of Yeni Yüzyıl University, Istanbul:  
● Mythology and Iconography: for undergraduates
● Introduction to the History of Art: for undergraduates
● History of the Western Art: for undergraduates
● Analysis of Artworks: for undergraduates
● Project Development and Management: for undergraduates    

In the Visual Communication Design Section of Yeni Yüzyıl University, Istanbul:
● Basic Art and Design: for undergraduates
● History of Civilization: for undergraduates
● History and Evolution of Design: for undergraduates 
● Mythology and Art: for undergraduates


Exhibitions:  

● 2016, “Encounters”, individual and collective exhibition, Forte Sangallo galleries, Nettuno,  Rome, Italy 
● 2016, “Dönüşen Yapılar” Converted Structures, individual exhibition Milta Bodrum Marina Ottoman Shipyard Art Gallery, Bodrum
● 2016, “Dönüştürme” Transformation, individual exhibition Sakarya University, Fine Art Faculty Gallery, Sakarya
● 2015, “Juried collective exhibition within the 2nd International Art Symposium”, Gazi University, Art and Design Faculty, Ankara
● 2015, “Il Segnalati”, collective exhibition Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburg, UK
● 2015, “Contemporary Paradise”, collective exhibition Villa Castelnuovo, Palermo, Italy
● 2015, “L’Art Contemporain Accessible”, Carrousel du Louvre, collective exhibition, Paris, France
● 2015, “Award Guglielmo II”, juried collective exhibition, Modern Art Civic Museum, Sciortino, Monreale, Palermo, Italy
● 2014, “Small Wonders”, collective exhibition, Linea Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy
● 2014, “Farklı ve Birlikte” Different and Together, 2nd National juried collective exhibition, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Kahramanmaraş
● 2012, “We are Alone-Kentsel Dönüşüm” Urbanistic Transformation, Artist 2012, Tüyap, 22. International Art Fair of Istanbul ● 2011, “We are Alone” collective exhibition, Artist 2011, Tüyap, 21. The International Art Fair of Istanbul
● 2010, “Kadın Başına” Just a Woman, collective exhibition, Women Development Centre Biz, Istanbul
● 2010, “Yemek” Food, collective exhibition, Karşı Sanat Gallery, Istanbul
● 2009, “Güllübahçe”, individual exhibition, Gallery C.A.M., Istanbul
● 2009, “Tatil Sepeti” Holiday Basket, individual exhibition, Gallery C.A.M., Istanbul
● 2008, “Istanbul Art Affairs”, collective exhibition, Galerie Hübner & Hübner, Frankfurt, Germany
● 2007, “Gezgin” The Traveller, individual exhibition, Gallery C.A.M., Istanbul    


Workshops:  

● 2014, “A/r/tography” with Prof. Dr. Rita Irwin, Anadolu University, Eskişehir 
● 2012, “Outsourcing”, with Rum 46, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Galeri Pasajist, Istanbul. Talk: Cultural interaction    


Papers presented in Symposia:  

● 2015, “Our Epoch’s New Explorations in Painting”, The 2nd International Art Symposium, Gazi University Art and Design Faculty, Ankara
● 2015, “Reality and Visual Illusion in an Artistic Context”, International Art Symposium: Art, Reality and Paradox, Sıtkı Koçman University, Muğla
● 2014, “Changing Relations in the Visual Arts Market”, International Conference on Art: Managing the Art, Yıldız Technical University, Faculty of Art and Design, Istanbul
● 2014, “Transformations in the Visual Arts Education”, The International Art and Design Congress, Dokuz Eylül University Fine Arts Faculty, Izmir
● 2014, “Eating, Culture and Identity in the Context of Visual Arts”, International Symposium: Culture and Identity in the Perspective of 21st Century, Universities of Erciyes (Kayseri, Turkey) and Khazar (Baku, Azerbaijan), Baku, Azerbaijan
● 2014, “New Approaches in Art Education”, International Symposium: Transformations in Art Education, Anadolu University, Eskişehir
● 2013,“Blurred Limits Between Art, Handcraft and Design”, The 1st International Symposium: Art, Design and Manipulation, Sakarya University Fine Arts Faculty, Sakarya
● 2013, “Relationship Between Art, Handcraft and Design in the History of Art”, 1st National Symposium: Art and Design, Selçuk University, Konya
● 2013, “Art as a Communication Way”, The 2nd International Symposium about Language and Communication: Exploring Novelties, ILSC, İzmir
● 2012, “Modifications in Art and New Tentative Steps”, The 10th National Art Symposium: Art in the New World Order, Hacettepe University Fine Arts Faculty, Ankara
● 2012, “Relationship Between Culture, Art and Science in the Changing World”, International Scientific and Cultural Symposium, Batman University, Batman    


Biennials:
   
● 2015, The 10th Florence Biennale: “Art and the Polis”, Italy
● 2015, The 3rd Ruhr Biennale: “Townshipwise Different”, Duisburg, Germany
● 2015, ShingLe 22j V Biennale at Anzio and Nettuno: “Bon Appétit”, Museo Civico Archeologico, Italy
● 2015, The 1st Barcelona Biennale, The Meam Museum, Spain
● 2015, The 2nd Palermo Biennale, Italy
● 2014, The 2nd International Santorini Biennale: “Peace Mechanisms”, Greece    


Articles published in scholarly periodicals under arbitrator’s choice:
 
● 2014, “Intercultural Interaction and Hybridity in the Visual Arts”, Mimar Sinan University, Review of the Social Sciences Institute, No 9
● 2011, “A Place a Part-Tradition of Women Altars”, Mimar Sinan University, Review of the Social Sciences Institute, No 4    


Articles Published in Fine Arts Reviews:  

● 2016, “String Art”, Yeni Yüzyıl Campus Bulletin, No 9, pp 8-12
● 2016, “Robotic Art”, Yeni Yüzyıl Campus Bulletin, No 7, pp 24-28
● 2016, “After 56th Venice Biennale”, Yeni Yüzyıl Campus Bulletin, No 6, pp 26-28
● 2010, “Primavera, Sandro Botticelli”, Rh+ Fine Arts Magazine, No 75, pp 74-79
● 2010, “Contemporary Women Artists on the Trail of Mother Goddess”, Rh+ Fine Arts Magazine, No 73, pp 32-36
● 2010, “Women of John Currin”, Rh+ Fine Arts Magazine, No 72, pp 42-43
● 2010, “Contemporary Art and Classical Myth”, Rh+ Fine Arts Magazine, No 71, pp 36-41    


Prizes awarded:  

● 2015, 3rd prize in the ShingLe 22j V Biennale at Anzio and Nettuno, Museo Civico Archeologico, Italy
● 2015, International Rome Imperial prize, Piazza del Popolo, Sala del Bramante, Rome, Italy
● 2015, Award Guglielmo II, Modern Art Civic Museum Sciortino, Monreale, Palermo, Italy
● 2000, Sakıp Sabancı Foundation prize for graduating at the top of painting section of Mimar Sinan University