Selected Career Highlights
1973  BFA University of Minnesota, Sculpture

1973/74  Graduate study in sculpture, University of New Mexico

1974  Began making jewelry, self taught

1976  Project Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board

1977  Project Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board

1977  " A Change in Scale", Minnesota Artist's Exhibition Program Show, Minneapolis Institute of Art

1985  New Designer Room, Jewelers of America Shows, New York City

1988  Invitational: Vincenza Oro 1 , Vicenza, Italy 

 Milan 1989
1989  United States Design Award, presented by the Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America. In conjunction with exhibiting at MACEF Oro Argento, Milan, Italy

2002  "Sacred Hand", by Gallen Benson, permanent collection, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

Washington Craftshow 2002
2002 Best in Show, Washington Craftshow, Washington, D.C.

2002  Raspberry Suite, Green Sea Turtle Necklace, Permanent collection, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington , D.C.
2005  Solo Exhibition, " Precious in Nature, Jewelry by Gallen Benson", Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin