Barbara Benton has been an art educator and an advocate for art education for many years. She began her career as an art educator in Ohio schools in 1969. While teaching, she completed her master’s in art education at Miami University in Oxford Ohio. Barbara taught middle school students for seven years before being employed by Crayola, LLC for thirty-two years. She retired as their National Business Development Manager for Education in 2008.
Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) and Barbara crossed paths in 1987 as Crayola was an exhibitor at the AENJ fall conference. When Barbara retired from Crayola in 2008, she volunteered to assist their exhibit manager, as she had much experience participating in art education conferences nationwide. Barbara has managed the AENJ exhibit hall for the over twelve years. During her career, she has also presented workshops at both AENJ and NAEA conferences. In 2010 Barbara became secretary of the School Art League of New York City and served for 10 years. She remains a trustee. Barbara values her membership in both AENJ and NAEA. The challenge most recently was pulling together a virtual exhibit hall for the online AENJ conference. Advocating for the value of art education has long been her passion.