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March 3, 2015

A third-generation stone carver and calligrapher, Nicholas Benson creates architectural lettering for public buildings, memorials, and monuments. A 2010 MacArthur Fellow, Nick owns and operates the historic John Stevens Shop, a stone carving business in Newport, Rhode Island. Benson learned his craft from his father, John Everett Benson (b. 1939), also a renowned inscriptionist. 


Conceptually, Nick works on an intimate scale in which a wisp of a serif can determine the character of an entire alphabet. On the other hand, he has to envision his work on a gra...

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