Chuy Benitez is an internationally exhibited and collected panoramic photographer and photographic educator. He comes from a bi-national family that has lived on both sides of the El Paso/ Juarez Border for generations, and now lives and works in Houston, TX. He earned his B.A. in Studio Photography from the University of Notre Dame in 2005, and his MFA in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston in 2008. He has contributed his time and efforts to helping Fotofest, serving on the Board of Directors for Houston Center for Photography and Lawndale Art Center, and being on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Austin Museum of Art, Mexic-Arte Museum, the Gilberto Cardenas Collection of Latino Art, and En Foco Inc. (NYC). In January 2014, he received the Houston Press MasterMind Award for his impact on Houston's art community.