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martin.beck @ beckstudio.com

 

Beck’s work reminds us that dream space is another geography, besides the artist’s studio, where nudity is right at home.
Jonathan Kamholtz, AEQAI

 

Martin Beck is a noted artist who received two New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships (1994, 2000).  Beck received a BFA from SUNY Buffalo in 1986 and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992.  Martin Beck's solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ; and the Birke Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.  Group exhibitions include Art Connections 13 at George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NY;  ViewPoints 2018 at Studio Montclair Gallery, Montclair NJ; FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art at Reese Museum, Johnson City, TN; MMMart, medana.art pomlad 2009, Medana, Slovenia; La Linea Dibujos Contemporaneos, Museo de Art Moderno de la Republica Dominica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and X-Sightings, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY.  Beck’s exhibitions have been reviewed in ArtPapers, The New York Times, The Sunday Star Ledger and has also been featured in American Artist, (July 1999). 

Although primarily known for large scale figure paintings, the artist is currently working exclusively from the model, drawing with oil stick, pastel and silverpoint.

Martin Beck has taught at Centre College, Danville. KY, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, and Educational Alliance, New York, NY.

 

Education
1992  Carnegie Mellon University, Master of Fine Arts
1985  State University of New York, Buffalo, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Cum Laude

 

Awards Received

2018  INDA, International Drawing Annual, V13, Finalist, Manifest Gallery, OH

2018   Art and Fear, Southeast Missouri Concil on the Arts Honorable Mention

2000  New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship

1995  New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship

1990  Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Carnegie Mellon University

1986  Rumsey Competition Scholarship, Juried by Susan Crane, Curator, Albright Knox

          Susan B. Potenza Award, Juried by Susan Crane, Curator, Albright Knox


Selected Exhibitions *indicates solo or two-person

2018  Lexington Art League, The League: Members Exhibition.  Lexington, KY

Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association, New Direction 2018.  Poughkeepsie, NY

          Healdsburg Center for the Arts, Figure Study – Hidden Story.  Healdsburg, CA

ARC Gallery, Pride and Prejudice. Chicago, IL

          Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, 5th Annual Living Mark Exhibition.  Portland, OR

          The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Art and Fear. Cape Girardeau, MO

          Studio Montclair Gallery, ViewPoints 2018.  Montclair, NJ

2017 

Purdue University Galleries, Drawing Resurfaced II. West Lafayette, IN. Catalogue

          George Segal Gallery, Art Connections 13.  Montclair, NJ

          Verum Ultimum Art Gallery, Chasing Ghosts II: Art that Pierces the Veil through remembrance, legacy, and beyond. Portland, OR

          Reece Museum, FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art.  Johnson City, TN.  Catalogue

          Manifest Gallery, Nude. Cincinnati, OH

          TAG Gallery, CA Open 2017.  Los Angeles, CA. Catalogue

          Lexington Art League, Demographically Speaking.  Lexington, KY

2016 

          *Mill and Max Gallery, Figure Drawing: Two Views.  Lexington, KY

          *Lexington Art League, Fourth Friday: A Figure Study.  Lexington, KY.

          Zephyr Gallery, Drawn to Bodies.  Louisville, KY

          Palette Gallery, Bodies.  Asbury Park, NJ

2009 

The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito. Santa Monica, CA.

MMMart, medana.art pomlad 2009.  4/18- 4/25.  Medana, Slovenia.

2008 

The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito. Santa Monica, CA.

University Art Gallery, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Studio Arts Faculty Exhibition.  Pittsburgh, PA.

2007 

The Santa Monica Museum of Art, Incognito. Santa Monica, CA.

2006 

Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, 100% Centennial, Pittsburgh, PA.

2005 

Allegheny College Penelec-Bowman-Megahan Art Galleries, 8-Hour Drawings. Meadeville, PA.

2004 

Artists Image Resource, The War Room. Pittsburgh, PA

2001 

*Chamot Gallery, Modern Romance.  Jersey City, NJ.

2000 

Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition.  Clinton, NJ.  Catalogue

2000

Concept Gallery, 30 Curators. Pittsburgh, PA

2000 

*Historic Downtown S.I.D. Office Gallery, Black Drawings and Other Works.  Jersey City, NJ.

1999 

*Mercer County Community College Gallery, Modern Romance.  Mercer County Community College, Trenton, NJ.

1998 

*Jersey City Museum, Recent Work.  Jersey City, NJ.  Catalogue.

1995 

*David J. Brodsky Gallery, Recent Work.  Princeton, NJ.

*Birke Gallery, Recent Work.  Marshall University, Huntington, WV.  Brochure.

          The Contemporary Arts Center, Recent Work.  Cincinnati, OH.

*1992

*Carson Street Gallery, Recent Work.  Pittsburgh, PA.

1998 

Museo de Art Moderno de la República Dominica, La Linea Dibujos Contemporaneos, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  Catalog.

1997 

Side Street Projects, Splice.  Santa Monica, CA.  Catalog.

1996 

Gallery 313, Sick Again.  New York, NY.

MMC, Figure and Symbol.  Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY.

Anderson Gallery, X-Sightings.  Buffalo, NY.

Noyes Museum, 1994 - 1995 Fellowship Exhibition. Oceanville, NJ.  Catalogue.

1993 

The Contemporary Arts Center, The Figure as Fiction.  Cincinnati, OH. Catalogue. 


Bibliography

          2019 International Drawing Annual 13.Cincinnat: Manifest Press2019

2017  Kamholtz, Jonathan, “The Place of the Nude: “9th Annual NUDE: Exploring the Uncovered Human Form,” Aeqai, September 23, 2017, http://aeqai.com/main/2017/09/the-place-of-the-nude-9th-annual-nude-exploring-the-uncovered-human-form-manifest-august-17-september-15-2017/
Kissel, Hunter, “The Human Body, Reconsidered.” Under Main, September 4, 2017,
http://www.under-main.com/arts/the-human-body-reconsidered/.

2000  Accola, Kristin, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition 2000. Hunterdon Museum of Art, December 3, 2000.

          Kornreich, Leron, “Controversial Art: Evening Edition News,” News 12 New Jersey (Thursday, 0ctober 19, 2000).

          Petrick, John, "Fit for Public Consumption". The Jersey Journal (Saturday, October 14, 2000).

          Shearing, Graham, "Scholarship or intuition?"  Pittsburgh Tribune Review (February 25, 2000).

          Thomas, Mary, "Concept Gallery's '30 Curators' exhibit displays artists chosen by local art professionals". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (February 10, 2000).

1999  Willard, Christopher.  “Methods and Materials: Using Studies to Build a Painting”, American Artist, Volume 63 (July 1999): 14 – 16.

1998  Anreus, Alejandro.  La Lineas Contemporáneas.  Santo Domingo: Museo de Art Moderno de la República Dominica, 1998.

          Bischoff, Dan, “Three Jersey City Museum exhibitions mix media, messages.”  The Sunday Star-Ledger (March 29, 1998)

          Zimmer, William.  “Not Much in Common, Except Commitment to a Vision.”  The New York Times (Sunday, May 24, 1998).

1997  Viegener, Matias.  Splice.  Santa Monica: Side Street Projects, 1997.

1996  Victor, Matthieu.  “Nice Yurt.”  Artvoice, Volume 7, No. 12 (June 5 - 18, 1996).

          Moran, Tom, Bonnie Pover, and Stacy Smith.  New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition; 1994 and 1995.  Oceanville:  The Noyes Museum, 1996.

          Huntington, Richard.  “Easy Pleasures.”  The Buffalo News: Arts and Entertainment (June 16, 1996).

1995  Stein, Jerry.  “CAC show mystifies, fascinates.”  The Cincinnati Post (June 21, 1995).

          Findsen, Owen.  “Artists Focus on Distressing Trend.”  The Cincinnati Enquirer (June 18, 1995).

          Flahaven, Jim.  “Martin Beck.”  ArtPapers, Volume 19 (November/December, 1995): 55 - 56.

          Heisler, Wendy.  “Memory Pictures.”  The Princeton Packet (October 6, 1995).

1993  King, Elaine A., Ph.D. The Figure as Fiction: The Figure in Visual Art and Literature.  Cincinnati: The Contemporary Arts Center, 1993.

          Stein, Jerry.  “The Figure as Fiction.  CAC exhibition invites viewers to ask questions.”  The Cincinnati Post (December 7, 1993).

 

Talks and Workshops

2017  University of Kentucky, Lexington KY.  Pastel drawing demonstration.

2016  Lexington Art League, Lexington KY.  Figure drawing workshop.

2009  MMMart, medana.art pomlad 2009.  Medana, Slovenia. International community of artists working on individual projects.

1998  Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ.  Gallery Talk.

1996  Bennington College, Bennington, VT.  Lecture on recent work. 

1995  Cooper Union, NY.  Sophomore Painting studio visit.

          State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.  Guest Speaker.  Graduate Seminar in Printmaking.   

          Birke Art Gallery, Marshall University, Huntington, WV.  Gallery Talk.  Monotype Workshop.  Graduate Seminar in Printmaking.

1994  Clarion University, Clarion, PA.  Lecture on recent work.  Figure drawing workshop.