Charles Beneke grew up in Suffolk, Virginia and is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia. He earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Kenyon College in 1990. After working in book cover design in New York City for four years, he attended The University of Connecticut where he received his Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Mixed-media in 1996. Beneke was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming where he taught Foundations from 1997 to 2001. He is currently a professor of art and Printmaking area coordinator at The University of Akron Myers School of Art at in Akron, Ohio. From January 2016 through August 2017 he served as the Associate Dean of Academics for the Graduate School at The University of Akron. Beneke was the 2018-20 president of the Southern Graphics Council International. He was the 2008-10 president of the Mid America Print Council. His work in a broad range of print media, installation, painting, and mixed-media addresses disruptive forces within closed systems ranging from the global to the personal.