NOEL CHRISJOHN BENSON Oneida Wolf Clan
Noel hails from a legendary artistic family. His grandfather, Richard Chrisjohn, uncles Steven and Terry, and mother Rita each had a significant influence on his now masterful level of expression. At age 15 he discovered sculpture and by 17 was receiving awards for his art at festivals and pow wows. He studied at both the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and the College of Santa Fe (New Mexico). Noel is adept at antler carving and inspired by the work of Stan Hill, Sr. He is equally accomplished in bronze, stone, wood, and silver. His original jewelry designs employ Haudenosaunee symbols wampum shell, inlay, and contemporary styling. His work is in private and public collections including the Iroquois Indian Museum (Howes Cave, NY) and the New York State Museum (Albany, NY).