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JOHN BECKELMAN

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BORN
1949, Orange, New Jersey

EDUCATION
1978 MFA, Ceramics , Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
1977 MS, Ceramics, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
1974 Ceramics Apprentice, Thousand Islands Museum Craft School, Clayton, New York
1972 BA, English, Hobart College, Geneva, New York

TEACHING
2015 – Present Professor of Art Emeritus, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1989 – 2015 Robert O. Daniel Professor of Art, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1978 – 2015 Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor of Art, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1982 – 2004 Chair, Art Department, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1975 Instructor, Campus Recreation Ceramics Program, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
1974 Instructor, Children’s Ceramics Program, Thousand Islands Museum Craft School, Clayton, New York

RECENT EXHIBITIONS
2017
The Impermanent Nature of Things: New Work in Clay and Mixed Media, One-Person Exhibition, Iowa Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2016
John Beckelman, Bede Clarke Candice Methe, Invitational Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Briar Cliff Review Exhibition, Invitational Group Exhibition, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, Iowa
2015
2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa, Juror: Jane Milosch, Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative (Award)
2014
John Beckelman : Thirty-Six Years, A Retrospective Exhibition of Work Created at Coe College, Sinclair Galleries, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
4th ‘Central Time’ Ceramics Exhibition, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois Juror: Don Pilcher
Some Assembly Required: Collage and Assemblage, Group Collection Exhibition, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
35th Anniversary Show, Group Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
2013
Inspirations, Group Exhibition, The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Yunomi Invitational, Group Exhibition (also 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007), AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2012
Clay Colleagues, Group Exhibition, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
2011
The Shoulders We Stand On, Potter’s Council Exhibition, St. Pete Beach, Florida Juror: Bill Jones, Editor, Pottery Making Illustrated
Paintings on Paper and Wood, One-Person Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
2010
Clay Vessels and Paintings, One-Person Exhibition, ICON Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa
Selected Work, Group Exhibition, CSPS, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Group Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
2009
Ceramics: New Work, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
Anniversary Show, Group Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
2008
New Work in Clay and Paint, Campbell-Steele Gallery, Marion, Iowa
2007
New Work, Five Person Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
Vessels, Group Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Grand Reopening, Part 1, Group Exhibition, ICON Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa
La Mesa, Group Exhibition (Santa Fe Clay), NCECA Conference, Louisville, Kentucky
2006
LaGrange National XXVIII Biennial Exhibition, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA, Juror: Pamela Franks, Curator, Yale University Art Gallery (Merit Award)
New Artist Exhibition, One-Person Exhibition, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
La Mesa, Group Exhibition (Santa Fe Clay), NCECA Conference, Portland, Oregon
30 x 5, Group Exhibition, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2005
New Work in Clay, One-Person Exhibition, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
White, Group Exhibition, Santa Fe Clay Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
New Work, Three-Person Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
2004
Small Treasures, Group Exhibition, Lill Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Recent Work, Two-Person Exhibition, Quad Cities Art Center, Rock Island, Illinois
Area 319+, Regional Ceramics Exhibition, CSPS Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ceramics and Painting, Two-Person Exhibition, Gallery 51East, Fairfield, Iowa
Winter Group Show, Olson-Larsen Galleries, Des Moines, Iowa
Eastern Iowa Ceramics Invitational, Iowa Artisan’s Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2003
Sculpture, Assemblage & Collage, Group Exhibition Olson-Larsen Galleries, Des Moines, Iowa
2002
Viewpoint Ceramics 2002, Hyde Gallery, Grossmont College, El Cajun, California, Juror: David McFadden, Head Curator, American Crafts Museum
Iowa Artists 2002, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, Jurors: Jeff Fleming, Chris Gilbert, Susan Talbott, Amy Worthen
LaGrange National XXII Biennial Exhibition, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, Georgia, Juror: Robert Lyon (Merit Award)
November Invitational, Group Exhibition, Olson-Larsen Galleries, Des Moines, Iowa
2001
NCECA 2001 Clay National Exhibition, Winthrop College Gallery, Rock Hill, SC, Jurors: Cynthia Bringle, Michael Lucero, James Melchert
Recent Works in Clay, One-Person Exhibition, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
Area College Faculty, Group Exhibition, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa
2000
Iowa Artists 2000, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Iowa, Juror: Jeff Fleming, Senior Curator, Des Moines Art Center
Faculty Exhibition 2000, Sinclair Galleries, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

AWARDS/ COMMISSIONS/ GRANTS
2016
– Commission, Works on Paper, for the CRST Corporate Headquarters building, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2015
– Second Place Prize, 2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition, Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, Iowa, Juror: Jane Milosch, Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative
2006
– Merit Award, LaGrange National XXVIII Biennial Exhibition, LaGrange, Georgia, Juror: Pamela Franks, Curator, Yale University Art Gallery
2002
– Merit Award, LaGrange National XXIV Biennial Exhibition, LaGrange, Georgia, Juror: David McFadden, Head Curator, American Crafts Museum
1999
– Permanent Exhibit Commission: Faux Palisades Rock Formation, Cedar Rapids History Center, Linn County Historical Society, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1998
– Community Service Award: Empty Bowls Project, Linn Community Food Bank, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1997
– C.J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1994
– Community Service Award, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids, IA
1992
– Bronze Block Commission: Five 16”x 16” Bronze plaques inlaid in downtown sidewalk areas; commissioned by the Cedar Rapids Metropolitan Arts Council, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1990
– Private Commission, 200 hand-painted ceramic tile, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1989
– Award of Excellence, Clay U.S.A. Exhibition, Radford, Virginia, Jurors: Donna Polseno, Richard Hensley
– Private Commission, 30 sq. ft. Ceramic Tile Mural, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– Permanent Site Commission: Ceramic Tile Mural, Children’s Home of Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1988
– Certificate of Merit, 1988 International Art Competition, Eastchester, New York, Jurors: Lisa Messinger, Janet Satz, Susie Peifer, Carl Little
– Permanent Site Commission: Ceramic Tile Mural (2’ x 70’), Friley Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1987
– Faculty Research Grant: Non-Fired Clay Paintings, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– Purchase Award, Showcase Exhibition, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1985
Clay Artists: America’s Best, a visual/sound production at the Identité Céramique Conference, Auxerres, France
– Purchase Award, 14th Annual Invitational Crafts Exhibition, Norfolk, Virginia
1982
– Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary Summer Study Grant: “The Nature of Glass and Ceramic Materials: Art, Chemistry, Physics”, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

PRESENTATIONS/ PUBLICATIONS/ SERVICE
2009 Present Board of Directors, The Ceramics Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2013 Jury Panel Member, Cedar Rapids Public Library Sculpture Commission, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2010 13 Fine Arts Advisory Committee, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2011 Gallery Talk, Olson-Larsen Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
2010 Gallery Talk, ICON Gallery, Fairfield, Iowa
2004 On-Site Coordinator, 2004 International Woodfire Conference, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2001 Gallery Talk: Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
1999 Workshop: “Teaching The Potter’s Wheel”, Art Educators of Iowa Annual Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1997 Advisory Committee, GTC Plaza Sculpture Commission, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1996 Juror: “Sculpture on 2nd”, Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Competition, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Juror: “Marion Public Library Sculpture Commission”, Marion, Iowa
1995 Panelist: “The Role of Artists in the Community”, Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1990 – 93 Task Force: “Excellence in Arts Education”, Iowa Department of Education & the Iowa Arts Council, Des Moines, Iowa
1989 – 93 Instructional Advisory Committee, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1986 – 89 Fine Arts Curriculum Advisory Committee, Cedar Rapids Community School District, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1990
– Exhibition Lecture, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– Lecture :”Visual Thinking”, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– Lecture: “Visual Thinking and the Development of Artwork”, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
– 1986 Keynote Speaker, 4th Annual Symposium on Arts Education: “Visual Thinking”, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– 1979 Articles, NCECA Newsletter, January Issue, “Stephan De Staebler: Excerpts”, “Transition from School to Studio: Review”
– 1976 Article: “Electroforming Copper Onto Clay”, Studio Potter Magazine, Summer Issue

GALLERY REPRESENTATION
– Gilded Pear Gallery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
– Olson-Larson Gallery, Des Moines, Iowa
– Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico