Best known as a highly visible sculptor, Benglis was born in 1941 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has also worked and experimented in video, printmaking, painting, drawing and ceramics. She received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Benglis has been the focus of many solo exhibitions in galleries such as the Portland Center for the Visual Arts in Oregon in 1980, the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York in 1984 and the Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles, California in 1989. She served as the Visiting Professor at the School of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Workshop, New York from 1985-1987 and at the University of Arizona, Department of Art in Tucson in 1982.
Benglis has been the recipient of several awards, among them, the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and the National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1979.