Dean Bensen & Demetra Theofanous

We use the transformative properties of glass to create narrative and emotive compositions that communicate environmental challenges and metaphors for the human experience. Through frozen moments in time, we capture the precarious nature of life.

We work with opacity, light, and color, creating works that visually shift throughout the day, just as life changes. By contrasting the resilience and impermanence inherent in the human condition, we encourage a conversation between what is and what was.


Dean Bensen and Demetra Theofanous are a team in and outside of the studio. Their first collaborative residency was at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, California, where they had a solo exhibit. They have exhibited internationally, including at the Ming Shangde Glass Museum, China; Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington; and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, Hartford, Connecticut. They are represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; and the Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida.