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Outstanding Alumni

2016 Alumni of the Year

Andrea Benitez

Andrea Benitez
Fine Arts
Class of 2009

Andrea Benitez has been drawing for as long as she can remember with her brother. She felt that it was nothing more than a hobby.

However, she ended up finding a career in her hobby at Chaffey College.

“I didn’t think I would continue drawing and making art after college,” She said. “And I never imagined I would get paid to work on such awesome projects like the murals in Ontario or the Faces of the Community Project.”

Her work can be seen around the Ontario area, where she grew up. Her work has been exhibited at the Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario Museum of History and Art and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art. She also has permanent displays, like the Ontario Town Square Mural, and the Conservation Park Murals located near City Hall.

“Chaffey was the first step and starting point to my career,” Benitez said. “I had many introductions here: how to use a Mac computer and learning to use graphic design software, how to put together a portfolio, write an artist statement, first time receiving critiques/reviews of my work and how to work with a gallery and arts team to put together a professional exhibit. Chaffey gave me the opportunity to try new classes and explore new subjects.”

Benitez credits Chaffey for not only shaping her career, but also herself as she learned to be responsible and to live on her own. She also learned that teachers can be mentors in her career.

She is honored to be receiving the Alumni of the Year award.

“I will always have a special place in my heart for Chaffey,” Benitez said. “At the time I attended, I had no idea what a gem this school is to our community.”


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