Photo by Invision/AP.

Photo by Invision/AP.

As far back as she can remember, Barbara Benas ’06 has loved to draw, and as a teen, she attended classes at the School of the Art Institute while attending Saint Viator. Consequently, when it came time to think about college, she knew just what she wanted to pursue: fine arts, and in particular, animation.

She would go on to attend the Columbus College of Art & Design, one of the oldest art schools in the country, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation, in 2010.

1019_001Benas has worked in the animation field ever since and her passion for the medium paid off: Earlier this month, Benas was part of a team of animators who won an award for outstanding individual achievement in animation. Specifically, Benas and her team won the award for outstanding motion design for their work on the Comedy Central show, Broad City, and its episode, called “Mushrooms.”

Benas accepted her award at the Creative Arts Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, as part of the 70th annual Emmy Awards, which took place a little over one week later.

Mr. Matt Gruenfeld remembers having Benas in his Art 2 class and that she participated in the National Art Honor Society.

“She was a gifted art student during her time here at Saint Viator,” Mr. Gruenfeld said. “It’s good to see she found success in a career creating art.”

Barbara Benas-Animation Emmy 2018Benas now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a freelance animator. She also serves as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the Columbus College of Art & Design.

While her primary specialty is hand-drawn animation, she has adapted with the industry and uses such digital tools as Flash, Photoshop, TV Paint and After Effects. With Saint Viator’s state of the art fine arts department, students now explore these same tools in such classes as Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and iPad Media Arts.

It’s all part of Saint Viator’s vision statement: where tradition and innovation meet.