Joan is inspired by the spark of magic that happens when the expressive power of the human form meets her favorite mediums. She is currently working with the most cutting edge luminous indoor/outdoor resin that captures and holds light in a transfixing way.

Her vibrant, dynamic work has been commissioned for a variety of public art installations and her signature resin sculptures are included in numerous private collections.

Joan received her first monumental public art commission in 2004.  Primarily self-taught up to that point, she was accepted to the MFA program for figurative sculpture at the New York Academy of Art that same year.

Rounding out her formal sculpture training with more than a decade of working in bronze art foundries, Joan founded her own sculpture production company, Figuration Studio, in 2008.

Born and raised in Kansas, she lives and works in Brooklyn’s artist enclave of Bushwick, collaborating with her Partner and husband, fellow sculptor Jeremy Leichman.

Pieces in the collection are available in limited editions or custom works by commission. 

Handmade with pride at Figuration Studio in Brooklyn, NY.




  • Sotheby's Take Home A Nude Auction and New York Academy of Art Benefit
  • Art on the Streets, Downtown Colorado Springs, CO
  • Rover 2017 Art Show; Starr Space Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
  • Art in Public Places; Knoxville, TN
  • Sculpture Walk Springfield; Springfield, MO
  • Art Encounters Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Highlands Ranch; Douglas County, CO


  • Art on the Streets, Downtown Colorado Springs, CO
  • Art Encounters Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Highlands Ranch; Douglas County, CO
  • Sculpture Walk Springfield; Springfield, MO
  • Art Around Town, Public Art Commission; Carbondale, CO
  • The Arnot Art Museum 75th Regional Juried Exhibition; Elmira, NY
  • St. Joseph Sculpture Walk; St. Joseph, MO
  • Rover 2016 Art Show; Starr Space Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
  • Art on the Lawn Outdoor Sculpture Installation; Rye Arts Center; Rye, NY


  • Cast In Light: Landscape Reflections solo exhibition; Rye Town Park; Rye, NY
  • Approaching the Figure Art Exhibition; The Studio Shop Gallery; Burlingame, CA
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts – The Showcase Collection of Small Works; Washington D.C.
  • Treasures from the Vault; Island Weiss Gallery; New York, NY
  • Selected as New York’s Figure50.com’s represented artist for 2015
  • Brooklyn Fire Proof Gallery group show for Bushwick Open Studios; Brooklyn, NY


  • Public art installation & solo sculpture exhibition at Distrikt Hotel, sponsored by the Garment District Arts Program;   New York, NY
  • Holiday House Art & Design Exhibition; New York, NY (current)
  • ArtHamptons Contemporary Art Fair at Nova’s Ark Sculpture Park; Bridgehampton, NY
  • "Breathe" Large-Scale Sculpture Engineering & Production, sponsored by Smooth-on, Inc; Brooklyn, NY




The Rye Record; The Landscape Just Got A Lot More Interesting


Art Business News; listed as one of the Top Emerging Artists for 2014


The New York Times; The Human Form Unleashed


The Wall Street Journal; Figurations: The Fashion Center Pilings Project

The New York Post; Fashionably Nude Sculptures

New York Academy of Art Alumni Spotlight Feature; Joan Benefiel + Jeremy Leichman


The Architect’s Newspaper Blog; Full Steam Ahead

www. Artnet.com; Hudson River Pilings Project Maquettes


Flavorwire Exclusive, NYC Sculptor Joan Benefiel’s Hudson River Pilings Project

Lola New York; Hudson River Pilings Project

Brooklyn Modern; Brooklyn Sculptor Unveils The Hudson River Pilings Project

Continental Breakfast; New NYC Temporary Art Installation: Hudson River Pilings Project

Cool Hunting; Hudson River Pilings Project Review

HOW Journal, Issue #4; Hudson River Pilings Project


The New York Times; At Last, A Monument to Vietnam Veterans