A native of Southern California, Marissa Lee Benedict is a sculptor, writer, lecturer, and avid amateur of many fields and disciplines. Motivated by a deep curiosity in the function and dysfunction of social, ecologic, and industrial systems, her practice is one of active observation, engagement, instigation, and experimentation. Currently based in Chicago, Benedict lectures at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Fiber & Material Studies and works as the Program Coordinator for the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative at the University of Chicago. She has shown most recently at EXPO Chicago, threewalls (threewallSOLO), the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago Artists' Coalition, Harold Washington College, Columbia College, Mana Contemporary, the Sullivan Galleries, the Cue Art Foundation (NYC), and Contemporary Art Brussels. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Sculpture from SAIC.