Art Exhibit: "Constellations" by John Beckelman

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  • 3/28/23
  • 10 a.m. -
  • Free
  • All Ages
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  • Museum/Exhibit

Event Description

"Constellations": 2nd Floor Gallery

Our second-floor gallery focuses on artworks requiring a more intimate setting; viewing the artwork needs “getting up close”. John Beckelman uses the elemental character and expressive potential of clay to create incredibly diverse bodies of work. The artworks featured in this exhibit explore liminal space and are often referenced as topographic or cosmographic. At the same time, this work attempts to gently entice the viewer into the inner landscapes and interior spaces of our imagination and memory. “If you want to pare phenomena down, all there would be are stillness and occurrence: space, and that which is continually born out of space, and returns into space –- stillness and occurrence”. -The Wisdom of No Escape, Pema Chodron, pg. 74.

Beckelman's artwork has been shown in exhibitions throughout the country and has been the recipient of numerous awards, commissions and grants. Following an undergraduate degree (BA English, Philosophy) from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, he received his Master of Science and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Ceramics from Illinois State University. After a 37 year teaching career at Coe College, where he taught ceramics, sculpture and three- dimensional design - and served as the Art Department chair for 20 years - Beckelman is now the college‘s Robert O. Daniel Professor of Art, Emeritus. John Beckelman lives and works in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He maintains a studio at the ‘Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio’ in downtown Cedar Rapids.