Nicholas Benson, owner and creative director of the John Stevens Workshop in Newport, recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, has just work on the recently unveiled Martin Luther King National Memorial in Washington, DC.
Nick has been involved impressive array of national projects. According to his entry in Wikipedia, “His carvings can be found in the National Gallery of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, at Brown University and the National World War II Memorial, in Washington, D.C.”
While the review in the Huffington Post of the MLK Memorial was lukewarm, they did have praise for Nick Benson’s work:
To be fair, the King Memorial has its strengths. It is admirably coherent, in a way the new World War II Memorial is not, and the landscaping elegantly surrounds and highlights the adjacent Tidal Basin. The inscriptions, set in a custom typeface designed by the stone carver Nick Benson, manage to convey both extraordinary gravitas and a modern energy.
So congratulations, Nick, on your involvement in yet another important national project!