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About: Artist, Designer

Education, Awards

· Secondary Education: Inverness Royal Academy 1947-53

· Edinburgh College of Art: Design Diploma 1953-57

· Andrew Grant Major Scholarship: Studio for continuing study of murals and ceramics 1957-58

· Easter Scholarship: Study of murals and mosaics in Northern Italy 1957

· Andrew Grant Major Traveling Scholarship: Study of murals and ceramics in Mexico 1957-58
· Mural painting with Jose Gutierrez (inventor of Acrylic paint) at the Instituto Polytecnico in Mexico City1957-58

· Learned ceramic firing methods of the indigenous peoples of several regions 1957-58

· Permanent slide collection at the American Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York.

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· Born as Morag Clyne in Aberdeenshire, Scotland 1936

· Traveled to California for continuing education.

· Visited mayor Archeological Sites, and stayed in the Archeological Houses on site.

· 1958-59 Visiting Potter: Scripps College, California

· Employed to work together with a team of artists/craftsmen setting the mosaic panels for the Masonic Temple in LA. Today converted into The Marciano Art Foundation, it has retained the murals as art work of historic interest.

Studio in San Juan de Teotihuacan, Mexico


· Instructor of Ceramics at King's College Fine Arts Department in Durham University, Newcastle, England.

Durham University, Newcastle UK


· Moved to America and married the architect and city planner Barry Benepe, and had three sons.

· During the child raising years, Morag learned batik and invented the life-size soft sculptures figures.


· During her years in NYC 1980-2019, she mastered the "Gutta Serti" method of painting on silk.

·Worked in the restoration of the habitat section of the Manhattan's Hudson River shore, as a volunteer of the program from the River Park Trust (link to the Habitat Garden photography by Vicky Azcoitia).

· After 40 years living in Chelsea, in 2019 Morag moved to a historic little house of Rhinebeck NY. 

Studio loft at 22nd Street, NYC


Morag Benepe is an artist environmentally concerned whom gets inspiration from nature and the natural environment. Her designs on silk are botanical studies.


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