Pittsburgh artist who envisions ideal cities to lecture Feb. 1

January 20, 2012

Kim Beck, a Pittsburgh artist, will give a free public lecture at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, on Penn State's University Park campus. Using images of architecture and landscape, Beck makes drawings, prints, paintings and installations that survey peripheral and suburban spaces. Her work urges a reconsideration of the built environment -- the peculiar street signs, gas station banners, overgrown weeded lots, and self-storage buildings -- bringing the banal and everyday into focus.

Beck’s lecture is sponsored by the Penn State School of Visual Arts John M. Anderson Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Series.

Originally from Colorado, Beck is an assistant professor of art at Carnegie Mellon. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Brandeis University and master's of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited widely, including the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, the Andy Warhol Museum and Mixed Greens. Beck’s recent commission for the High Line in New York is on view through January 2012, and she is opening a solo exhibition, "Built Futures," at the Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia, Jan. 31 to March 3.

A recent fellow at Yaddo, Beck has participated in other residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and VCCA. She has received awards from ARS Electronica and the Pollock-Krasner, Thomas J. Watson and Heinz foundations. Her artist's book, "A Field Guide to Weeds," was published through the Printed Matter Emerging Artist Publishing Program and is in its second edition. For more information about Beck, visit http://www.idealcities.com.

  • Art by Kim Beck

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