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November 7, 2011
The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College
One College Circle
Poultney, VT 05764
(802) 287-8398

Feick to Feature Work of Mixed-Media Sculptor Jake Beckman

POULTNEY--The William Feick Arts Center at Green Mountain College is pleased to announce the arrival of Artist-in-Residence Jake Beckman on campus. Beckman, who will be in residence from November 14–22, will mount an installation of recent work at the Feick Arts Center in addition to creating a site-specific work on campus in collaboration with GMC community volunteers. The gallery exhibit will be on view from November 18, 2011 to January 18, 2012. The public is invited to the opening reception, which will be held on November 18 from 5–7 p.m. at the Feick. The public is also invited to attend Beckman’s Artist’s Lecture, to be given on November 15 at 6 p.m. in Green Mountain College’s Griswold Library.

Striking a tone that is both somber and playful, Beckman uses the visual language of industry and the ingredients of the built environment—coal, sand, iron ore—to explore the memory of a time when Americans were more intimately connected to the processes that constructed and sustained their material world. The resources we have found, exploited, and imagined as limitless stand within Beckman’s work as core referents of our consumption. Through his work, Beckman seeks to understand the contradiction between “progress” (especially western notions of growth and civilization) and impermanence: humanity’s role in a larger ecological context.

Jake Beckman completed his MFA in Sculpture with honors at the Rhode Island School of Design. He received his BA in Art from Swarthmore College, attended the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy and has also received The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning teaching certificate from Brown University. Beckman has received an array of recognition for his work. He received a full fellowship residency at the Vermont Studio Center in 2010, and has an upcoming residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (2012). He has received the Trails and Arts Award from the American Trail Association for his piece rotaflora. He was the recipient of the S.L.Y Herman Scholarship (Rhode Island School of Design) and the Dean’s Award (Swarthmore College). Beckman’s recent exhibitions include shows in Providence, Rhode Island and New York, New York.

The exhibition and all events are free and open to the public. General gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10-2 p.m., or by appointment. Please note that the gallery will be closed over Green Mountain College’s winter break December 16–January 15. Please contact Kerrilee Knights, Gallery Coordinator at (802) 287-8398 for more information.

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