- Taught art classes on mixed media at “The Classic Garden” Birtle, Mb, April, 2019
- Taught art classes on cubism at “The Classic Garden” in Birtle, Mb. March, 2018
- Participated in the 6th edition of the “Mixed Arts Festival”. Montreal, Quebec . June, 2018
- Lectured and presented “Dakota life and Art” for The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center. Winnipeg, Manitoba
- Participated in the “Mixed Arts festival” in Montreal, June, 2017
- Taught “The Basics of Drawing” in April, 2017. Birtle, Manitoba
- Designed posters for “Birdtail Sioux N.N.A.D.A.P (native alcohol and drug addictions program)
- Displayed work in the annual “Gallery in the Garden” art show, 2017. Birtle, Manitoba
- Riel designed the “Blue Horse” logo, a program that teaches life skills through horses.
- Riel designed the logo for “Neechi Rides”, an alternative transportation service in Winnipeg, MB, created to keep native women safe.
- Donated art to raise money, for A young hockey player from my home reserve Birdtail Sioux, so he can play hockey in Europe.
- Painted a commissioned portrait of Frank Mckay of Sioux Valley. For his longtime service as Chief of the Dakota Ojibway Police Service.
- In March 2016 Riel celebrated 20 years of painting, from 1996 to 2016.
- August 2017 – December 2017, The “CLASSIC ROCK” series was displayed at the Ashukan Cultural Space in Montreal, Quebec.
- Riel Benn’s “Classic Rock” featured in “VOIR” magazine.
- Riel Benn’s “Classic Rock” featured in “GEIST” magazine.
- Participated in the annual group show “Gallery in the Garden” Birtle, Manitoba 2015
- Donated work to The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba’s Annual Art Auction, 2015
- Riel Benn’s series “The Best Man” was featured on an online art study course, at Carleton University in the summer of 2015.
- Riel completed “The Classic Rock” series, a body of work featuring 19 bands and songs that merge with native issues.
- Illustrated The Alex Grisdale stories for The Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center.
- Participated in the 2014 “Gallery in the Garden” group show. Birtle, MB
- Designed the cover art for the book “The Long Tent of Life” by James Settee Jr. for the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center.
- Participated in the 2013 “Gallery in the Garden” group show.
- Designed the cover art for ‘Iye Ohdakapi: Manitoba Dakota Elders, Their Stories. By Craig Fontaine of the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Center.
- Designed the Cover art for the Manitoba First Nations Pavilion Magazine, featured at Folklarama. Winnipeg, MB
- Art workshop with Birdtail Sioux youth on Suicide Prevention.
- Launched the website artofthebutterfly.com
- Participated in a local group show titled “Gallery in the Garden”.
- Participated in the Aboriginal Showcase: Spirit of All Nations, Brandon Fair. Brandon, Manitoba
- Presented work at Brandon Hospital`s Suicide Prevention program.
- Painted teepee for The Birdtail Medical Healing Program.
- Commissioned to do a series of paintings for Sioux Valley Governance.
- Raven sculpture goes on display during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- “The Best Man” Featured in “American Indian Art Magazine“, Spring 2010 issue.
- Exhibits work at the newly opened Pasig Designs Art Gallery in Brandon, Manitoba.
- Participated in Visual Arts Mini-Mentorship with Buffy Sainte-Marie.
- Met with the classic rock band “Nazareth”, for the signing of Riel`s painting titled “Love Hurts”.
- Exhibits a Preview of the Classic Rock Series at Pasig Designs Art Gallery, Brandon, Manitoba. June 2010
- Asked by Vancouver Olympic Committee to design a sculptor for the 2010 Winter Olympics in a collaborative project with nine other artists.
- Carves individual Raven sculptor for Vancouver Olympic group show.
- Art mentioned and shown on television series “MTV Cribs“
- Paints mural based on an archaeology dig near home reserve, Birdtail Sioux First Nation, for the Miniota Museum Wakpa Tanka Committee.
- Featured in “Canadian Dimension” magazine.
- “The Best Man” paintings are presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the Native Arts Studies Association in Fairbanks, Alaska, by Professor Allan J. Ryan, Carleton University.
- Exhibited at the Redshift Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in a show entitled “Alter Ego” based on “The Best Man” series.
- Guest lecturer at “The New Sun Conference“, hosted by Professor Allan J. Ryan, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Donated work to the Residential School Conference, Waywayseecappo, Manitoba.
- Donated painting given to Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief, Phil Fontaine.
- Exhibited at University of Saskatchewan’s Kenderdine Art Gallery in a group show entitled, “No Word For Goodbye”.
- Featured on Zed TV
- Workshop on portraiture, Dean Godfrey Art Gallery, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
- Exhibited at The Wheelwright Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a group show entitled “About Face”.
- “The Magazine Series” starts it’s two-year tour of Saskatchewan, “showing” throughout 23 communities. OSAC
- “The Best Man” exhibits at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba in Brandon, Manitoba.
- Featured in “SAY” Magazine
- Attended “Nations In A Circle” exhibit and sale in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Conducted workshops in Manitoba high schools, serving as a role model and teaching art techniques to art students.
- Exhibited at the Wasagaming Community Arts Centre, in Riding Mountian National Park, Manitoba with a show entitled “The Fact, The Fictitious, The Fantastic”.
- Exhibited at the Heritage Arts Centre in Hamiota, Manitoba.
- Studied printmaking with Leonard Beam, brother of the late Carl Beam.
- Exhibited at Manitoba Art Network’s show in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Featured exhibitor at Juried Art Show in Russell, Manitoba.
- Speaking engagements with aboriginal youth in Brandon, Manitoba.
- Conducted workshops at Drop In Youth Centre for aspiring young artists at Art City, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Participated in Urban Shaman Gallery`s exhibit entitled, “The Great Dog Race” featuring original artwork of fictitious sports team jerseys.
- ImagiNation Cards features four of Riel’s paintings on their greeting cards.
- Featured on CTV’s Indigenous Circle television series.
- Exhibited at the Manitoba Art Exposition, Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Keynote speaker at the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation’s career symposium, “Blueprint For The Future” in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Secured exhibit for “The Magazine Series” in Moose Jaw, which travelled throughout Saskatchewan between 2005 and 2007.
- Nominated for National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
- Solo exhibit entitled “Wanekia” featuring 150 new works on paper in Birtle, Manitoba.
- Eight month showcase of paintings at the Town Centre in Brandon, Manitoba.
- Featured on Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network series, “The Seventh Generation”.
- Awarded a Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award in the Visual Art category, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Solo exhibit at the Brandon Friendship Centre that included 60 original works.
- Nominated for a National Aboriginal Achievement Award.
- Featured on the television series “The Sharing Circle“.
- Solo exhibit at The Virden Train Station Art Center, Virden, Manitoba.
- First significant international sale to a private collection in Italy.
- Solo exhibit entitled “Riel’s Rebellion” at Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Commissioned by “Big Soul” Productions to design the awards they would give to sponsors of their television series at it’s premiere.
- Featured in Toronto, Ontario magazine – “Your Source“.
- Winner of Canada’s National YTV Youth Achievement Award for Visual Art. Award presented by Ben Wicks in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Featured in “Saturday Night“, “Maclean’s“, The Brandon Sun, The Vancouver Sun, Travel Manitoba and Alberta Native News.
- Exhibits of work throughout Manitoba communities.
- Exhibits for the first time in a local group show and places third – Birtle, Manitoba.
- Invited by Brandon University to exhibit at “Voice of the Drum”, an international summer institute in aboriginal education.
- Sells to international buyers for the first time, from Australia and New Zealand.
- Exhibits at “Prarie Lane Shops” in Brandon, Manitoba.
- Invited by the “Institute of American Indian Arts” in Santa Fe, New Mexico, met with facility president, board members and faculty of the institute.
- Exhibits at the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at the Skydome, Toronto, Ontario.