We have begun a transformative campaign to raise $150 million which will enable Bennington to bring together the most engaging teacher-practitioners with the most curious, talented, and promising students. It will strengthen the signature feature of the Bennington curriculum known as The Plan. It will enrich our campus infrastructure. And it will connect alumni, parents, and students in catalytic and constructive ways.
After a groundbreaking seventeen-year run in Los Angeles, where she extended the artistic, commercial, and educational boundaries of the city’s symphony orchestra, Deborah Borda, became the president and CEO of the New York Philharmonic in 2017.
Güvenç Özel is an architect, artist, and technologist. He is the Technology Director of IDEAS, an innovative, interdisciplinary incubator for UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.
So many people today can’t imagine themselves into circumstances beyond their own experience. That’s so dangerous. Being able to understand different people’s lives is at the core of humanity. Fiction helps us do that.” Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney MFA ’13
Cynthia D 'Aprix Sweeney's debut novel, The Nest, told the story of flawed and refreshingly human characters. It was a New York Times best seller and soon to be motion picture.
We tell all of our employees, ‘Look, if two dish washers could do what we did, probably you could, too.’ But you need to have a thought process. You have to ask yourself: How far do you want to go?’” Ben Hall ’04
Sculptor, jazz musician, writer, and community activist, Ben Hall, became co-owner with fellow dishwasher and alumnus, Jason Murphy '09, of Russell Street Deli, a 30-year-old heritage restaurant in Detroit's Eastern Market. The deli has redefined labor structures, capital flow, and the quality of lunches in Detroit's public school system.
The Bennington experience demands initiative, interdisciplinary thinking, inventiveness, and empathy—capacities that translate to creative problem solving in a complex world, across professional fields and geographic borders. Our students graduate with humanity. They bring that extraordinary quality to all that they do.” Mariko Silver, President 2013-2019