Emilie Benes Brzezinski
|Emilie Benes Brzezinski|
|Birth name||Emilie Anna Benes|
|Training||Wellesley College, Massachusetts|
Education and career
Emilie Benes earned a fine arts degree at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, United States. After marrying, she sculpted for 25 years while raising a family, then had her first solo show in 1981 in Washington, D.C.
Since the 1980s, most of her works have been in wood. Her monumental 1993 work "Lintel", constructed from cut cherry trees and then cast in bronze, is in the collection of Grounds for Sculpture, a 35-acre (140,000 m2) sculpture park and museum in New Jersey. She exhibited in the 2003 Florence Biennale and participated by invitation in the 2005 Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale.
Personal life: an influential family
Shortly after graduating from Wellesley, Emilie Benes, herself a grandniece of Czechoslovakia's former president Edvard Beneš and granddaughter of his brother Vojta, married Zbigniew Brzezinski, a political scientist who served as an adviser to President Carter. The Brzezinskis have three children. Their oldest son, Ian Brzezinski, has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy in 2001–2005, under President George W. Bush, among other roles. Their second son, Mark Brzezinski, is a lawyer and diplomat who has served as an adviser to President Clinton and President Obama. Their youngest child, Mika Brzezinski, is a television journalist, political commentator, and co-host for MSNBC.
Václav Edvard Beneš, a mathematician, is her first cousin.
- Museum Kampa in Prague
- Vancouver Sculpture Biennale
- Grounds for Sculpture: Collection
- Official website