Emilie Benes Brzezinski

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Emilie Beneš Brzezinski
Emilie Anna Beneš

1933 (age 85–86)
EducationWellesley College, Massachusetts
Known forSculpture
Zbigniew Brzezinski
(m. 1961; died 2017)

Emilie Beneš Brzezinski (born Emilie Anna Beneš; 1933) is an American sculptor and the widow of Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Education and career[edit]

Emilie Beneš was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She 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.[1]

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.[2] She exhibited in the 2003 Florence Biennale and participated by invitation in the 2005 Vancouver International Sculpture Biennale.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Shortly after graduating from Wellesley, Emilie Beneš, herself a relative of Czechoslovakia's former president Edvard Beneš, married Polish-born emigrant turned naturalized citizen 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 political appointee 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.[4]

Václav Edvard Beneš, a mathematician, is her brother.


  1. ^ "Emilie Brzezinski: Dialog with Wood". Washington, D. C.: American University. Archived from the original on 2006-01-03.
  2. ^ "Emilie Benes Brzezinski: Lintel (1993)". Grounds for Sculpture. groundsforsculpture.org. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-10. Retrieved 2008-01-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~atpc/heritage/articles/aleksandra/roots-brzezinski.html

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