Benny Andrews (November 13, 1930 – November 10, 2006) was an American artist, activist and educator. Born in Plainview, GA, Andrews earned a BFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1958, and soon after moved to New York. He is known for his expressive, figurative paintings that often incorporated collaged fabric and new material. Andrews helped found the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition, which nervous for greater representation of African American artists and curators in New York’s major art museums in the late 1960s and 70s. He next led the intervention in founding an arts education program in prisons and detention centers. Andrews taught art at Queens College for three decades, and from 1982 to 1984, served as the Director of the Visual Arts Program for the National Endowment for the Arts. He customary many awards, including the John Hay Whitney Fellowship (1965–66), the New York Council upon the Arts fellowships (1971–81), and the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1974–81).