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Artist Lecture sponsored by Herberger College’s School of Art


March 13, 2003

Landscape and figurative painter William Beckman will give a free lecture about “The Evolution of the Artist?s Work” at 7:30 p.m., April 17 at ASU. Sponsored by the Herberger College of Fine Arts’ School of Art, the lecture will take place in EDC C117, the lecture hall in the Farmer Education Building, located on the corner of Gammage Parkway and Forest Avenue. Beckman will show a chronological survey of his paintings and drawings and talk about his ideas and methods.

William Beckman was born in 1942 in Maynard, Minnesota. He received a BA from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota and an MA and MFA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He renders both detailed figurative paintings as well as beautiful panoramic landscapes, inspired by his family farm in Minnesota where he was born and raised, and where his mother still resides. William Beckman uses a unique method of applying paint to render the figure or landscape, then shaving layers off the surface with a razor to create a lustrous surface that is not varnished.

A major retrospective exhibition of his work is scheduled to tour the United States next year. His work is featured in public collections internationally, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; The Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Museum Moderne Kunst in Vienna, Austria; the Flint Institute of Arts in Detroit, Mich; and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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