Andrew James Benson is a Phoenician -- he lists his history at Creighton Schools, Camelback High School, Gateway Community College, Arizona State University as references -- and a producer/director of socially responsible content for causes and organizations with Randy Murray Productions.
He's a self-described and self-styled activist for humanity who finds his medium in things and stuff.
I came to Phoenix with . . . a big smile on my face in a small room at St. Joseph's Hospital welcomed by parents who had no idea what they got themselves into.
I make art because . . . as an activist, it feels practical.
I'm most productive when . . . I am not sleeping.
My inspiration wall is full of . . . divergent ideas alongside my mission and vision statements and my five-year plan.
I've learned the most from... making decisions then dealing with them and people smarter than me.
Good work should always be full of . . . unrelenting intent and, for me, didacticism.
The Phoenix creative community could use . . . more cultivation of buyers/clients, professional artists and gallerists, as well as marketing to buyers and gallerists in neighboring states. But first, I think we need common rhetoric about the art community we want to see in 10 years. For me, that involves establishing the aforementioned items. You?
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)
100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. a href="http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/jackalope/2012/07/colton_brock_phoenix_art_creatives.php" target="_blank">Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Brad Armstrong 59. Angela Hardison 58. Tyler Quinn