I am interested in ideas of fragility and transience and how these states exist in the architecture of the public and private spaces in which we live. I am inspired by our mental and physical experiences of spaces and buildings as we move through them and they change over time. In many ways I see buildings and structures as surrogates for ourselves and use them to investigate and illustrate our human frailties. 

I play with these ideas through a variety of media, including book arts, photographs, cut paper maps and sculptural paper constructions. The constructions exist as sculptures, installations, or act as characters in public art events. The events generally require assistance and often inspire interaction by the public, thus allowing me to create a communal art experience. As the constructions are invariably destroyed in the events, the remaining work consists of the photographs, videos and memory of the event, further emphasizing the importance and validity of ephemeral experiences.

Ultimately, my work is driven by a sense of wonder and play.

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 http://www.pinterest.com/stephbeckstudio/  (gallery of artwork)

 http://stephaniebeckstudio.tumblr.com/   (gallery of artwork)

Art writing and travel log here: http://anartistabroad.wordpress.com/

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC EVENTS

2011        "Runoff: Cache la Poudre river project," Public Art Event, Fort Collins, CO

2010        “Transfer (Crossing the Haliç),” Public Art Event, Istanbul, Turkey

               "Cut Paper Sculpture," Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA

2009        "Spatial Delineations," Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2017      (Upcoming) Collaboration with Racoco Productions:

                    "New Developments," May 15, ITINERANT Performance Art Festival 2017, Bronx Museum of  Art 

             "Parallel Lines Meet // Spaces Unbidden and Untamed: Derek Frankhouser & Stephanie Beck," chashama's Space to Create Program, Brooklyn, NY

2016      "A Place in Space," Elizabeth Holden Gallery, Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC 

             "Brooklyn Comes to Westport," Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

             "The PAFA Show," Morris-Warren Gallery, New York, NY

2015      "Beck, Bielen, and Michaud," Alumni Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

             “Architectures de papier," (traveling exhibition): Mantes la Jolie, Cultural Center Chaplin,    

                    France and Royal Saltworks of Arcs and Senan, France

              “Then and Now: Ten Years of Residencies at the Center for Book Arts,” New York, NY 

              Collaboration with Racoco Productions:

                   “New Development,” September 24 – 27, Soaking Wet series, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew’s West End Theater, New York, NY

                    “Unfold,” October 18, CollabFest, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY 

                   "S(laughter) on Nth Avenue," May 30 & 31, Emerging Artist Theater's New Work Series, TADA Theater

2014      "Somewheres & Nowheres/New Prints Fall 2014," International Print Center New York, NY

              "Architectures de papier," Chateau de la Roche Jagu, Bretagne, France

              Collaborations with Racoco Productions:

                      "Paper / Chase," August 1 & 2, Fete de Danse (organized by Norte Maar), StranD Theater, Plattsburgh, NY

                      "Detritus," June 21 - 23, chashama summer performance series, 1351 Amsterdam Avenue, NY    

                      "Paper Work," June 19, Leimay at CAVE (SOAK Festival), Williamsburg, NY

2013     "The Human Frame / A Taille Humaine," Musée d’art moderne André Malraux, Le Havre, France

               "Architectures de papier", Maison de l'Architecture et de la Ville, Marseille, France 

                 Collaboration with Racoco Productions "Construct," August 23 - 25, Incubator Arts, New York, NY

             Center for Book Arts' Artists in Residence Exhibition, New York, NY

                 "X-scapes", Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ              

                 "The Architecture of an Idea: Illustrations and Concepts", Midland Center for the Arts, Midland, MI

                 "Fifth International Artists' Book Exhibitions, King St. Stephen Museum, Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

                "Are We Where Yet," AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2012      "Architectures de papier," Cite de l'architeture et du patrimoine, Paris, France

                 "Brooklyn Utopias," Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY 

                 "American Dream," Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI

2011       "Mind the Gap," IMC 5533, Istanbul, Turkey

                 "nowHere territories," Triangle Workshop, Brooklyn, NY 

                 "More is More," Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY

                 "Exposed," Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, VT  

                 "Parenthesis: ART342 Spring 2011 Residents," Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO

2010      "Constructed Territory,” Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

2009      "Language of Line," New Wilmington Art Association, Wilmington, DE

                 "Young Artists, Old Fools,” Caroline Dunlop Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2008      "A Sense of Place," Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA

                 "Paper Airplane," Paperworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD

                 "Joan Mitchell 2007 MFA Grant Recipients," CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY

2007       "Street Buttons," Fleisher-Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                 "A Brief History of the Near Future," BlinkArt Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                 "Loggerhythms," Topstitch, Philadelphia, PA

                 "Emerging Artists Exhibition," Grace and Joseph Gorevin Gallery, Cabrini College, Radnor, PA

                 "The Reality Show," Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                 "Naked Paper," Tower Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                 Woodmere Art Museum 67th Annual Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA,

                        Juror: Polly Apfelbaum 2007

2006        "Connective Tissue," School District Building, Philadelphia, PA

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2015        Artist Studio Program, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (October - January 2016)

2014        chashama Summer Performance Series Space Grant (in collaboration with Racoco Productions)

2013        Triangle Arts Association/City of Le Havre, France, artist exchange program (October - December)

2012        Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, NY

                   The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY (January - December)

2011        Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY (June - December)

                   ART342, Fort Collins, CO (January - April)

2010        Caravansarai, Istanbul Turkey (October)

2009        Nominated to apply for Lewis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant

2007       Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, New York, NY

                   Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

                   Violet Oakley Memorial Prize

                   Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

                   H.V. Hawley Award for Excellence, Juror: Alex Baker

ARTIST REGISTRIES

2013        Pierogi Gallery flat files, Brooklyn, NY http://flatfiles.pierogi2000.com/artist/stephanie-beck/

2010        The Drawing Center, New York, NY

PUBLICATIONS

2014      Paper Works 2, Design 360, Sandu Publishing, Guangzhou, China

2013       Geo Graphic, Index Book, Barcelona, Spain http://www.indexbook.com/libro/geo-graphic-1468/

2012       Wang Shaoqiang, auth., ed., Paper Works, Design 360, Sandu Publishing, Guangzhou, China

                      http://www.sandu360.com/design360en/publicationshow_en.php?id=77

2011       Ana Ibarra. “Stephanie Beck: Movement through Space.” Elephant Magazine, Fall 2011: p 38 – 40.

                 Online interview for Art Re-Source http://stevegray.com.au/blog/stephanie-beck-artist/

2009      Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, International Drawing Annual, Cincinnati:   

                 Manifest Press, 2009.

                 Harris, Allison, comp., Dolphin Tavern Book Project, Philadelphia: Leeway Foundation, 2009.

2008      Ober, Cara, comp., Paper Airplane, Baltimore, MD, 2008.

REVIEWS/INTERVIEWS

2013       Photo Op mini interview: http://pastpresentfuture.photo-op.it/

2012       Linda Ricci, "Interview: Stephanie Beck", Handful of Salt http://www.handfulofsalt.com/profile-stephanie-beck/

2009      Edith Newhall, “Cut Paper Constructions,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 19, 2009 www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/43171242.html

2008      Robin Rice, "Pushing Buttons," City Paper, January 2008: www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/01/10/pushing-buttons

2008      Roberta Fallon, Libby Rosof, January 2008: http://fallonandrosof.blogspot.com/2008/01/fleisher- ollmans-street-button.html

2007       Roberta Fallon, Libby Rosof, May 2007: www.fallonandrosof.blogspot.com/search/label/pafa

LECTURES

2015       "Made in the Artist Studios," Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2013       Adelphi University, Long Island, NY

                  Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

                  University of Wyoming

2011       Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO

2010       Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey

2009       Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

                  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2008       Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

PUBLIC and CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Exelon Corporation

Cite de l'architeture et du patrimoine, Paris, France

University of Virginia Library, Special Collections, Charlottesville, Virginia

Center for Book Arts, New York, New York

King St. Stephen Museum, Collection of Artist Books, Székesfehérvár, Hungary

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2016 - Present Kean University, Union, NJ

                   Adjunct Professor, 3D Design, Introduction to Art

          Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY

                     Adjunct Professor, 2D Design and Color Theory

2014 - Present William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ

                      Adjunct Professor: 3D Design, 2D Design, Life Drawing, Sculpture I, Advanced Sculpture

2014 - Present Touro College, Brooklyn, NY

                      Adjunct Professor: Drawing I, 3D Design

2014 - Present Center for Arts Education, New York, NY

                      Teaching Artist: Various programs for public school students and their families

2014 - 2016  Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

                       Artist Educator: School museum tours and family programs

2015    Studio in a School, New York, NY

                       Teaching Artist, Elementary

           The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY

                       Teaching Artist, Designed and taught original architectural workshops for teens and families   

2013       Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

                   Teaching Artist, July 13 & August 10, designing and leading public family art projects          

2011 -12  Individual U, New York, NY

                    Head of Art Department & Art Instructor, personalized tutoring for middle and high-school students

2010        Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey October 2010

                  Visiting Artist, Workshop on installation art for advanced prep-school students

                  Delaware County Community College, Downingtown, PA

                   Adjunct Faculty, Drawing I

2009        Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA  

                   Instructor, Young Artists Workshop, Figure Drawing for high school students

2008        Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE

                   Contemporary Connections Artist, 3rd and 5th  grade

             Fairmount Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

                   Instructor, Introduction to Drawing, Introduction to Painting

2006        Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

                   Graduate Assistant, Still Life Drawing, Professor Al Gury, High School Cooperative program

                     Graduate Assistant, Art History Survey 101, Professor Kevin Richards

                     Graduate Assistant, 2-D Anatomy, Professor John Horn

                     Museum Drawing Instructor and Docent, lessons and tours for grades 4 - 12

2003 – 05  Brookline Adult and Community Education, Brookline, MA

                     Instructor, Beginning Oil Painting, Beginning Drawing and Sketching Boston Workshops

2002        School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

                     Teaching Assistant, Professor Mara Metcalf, advanced classes for high school students

EDUCATION

2007        Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 

                   Master of Fine Arts

2002        School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

                  Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

1998        University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

                   Bachelor of Arts, Highest Distinction in Art History, member of Phi Beta Kappa