Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Kim Beck

Kim Beck

Artistic Category Artist
Career Level Mid-career
Experienced With Teaching engagements, Speaking engagements, Public art, Lectures, Leading workshops, For-hire services, Commissions, Collaboration

Working across media from drawing to installation, my work surveys peripheral landscapes, bringing the banal and everyday into focus. It is an exploration of change in the natural and built environments full of everyday weeds, lawns, billboards and half-finished architectural structures. Drawings and installations use images of half-built homes, roadside landscapes full of signs or a dense thicket of invasive weeds. Silhouettes create mutated landscapes—alien-but-familiar spaces in a continuous state of flux. My work reflects the imposition of the human influence on the land, questioning ways land is constructed, changed, understood. My drawings are meditations on the structures and surfaces in the landscape; where a pothole in the road jolts the traveler into seeing the landscape anew, the process of drawing it is a meditation on erosion and change. What was once a banal eyesore becomes something worthy of notice.

Kim Beck is an artist whose work includes drawing, print, installation and sculpture. She grew up in Colorado and now lives in Pittsburgh where she is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon UniversityHer work has been shown widely, including at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Warhol Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Omi Sculpture Park, Hallwalls and on the High Line in NYC. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Art Omi, Cannonball, Helsinki International Artist Programme, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts, Vermont Studio Center and at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her work is included in the collections of Agnes Gund, the Philbrook Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum among others. She has received awards from ARS Electronica, the Studio for Creative Inquiry, Pollock-Krasner, Heinz Foundation, Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh Foundation, Thomas J. Watson Foundation and Printed Matter. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Village Voice, Interior Design Magazine, The Believer Magazine, BOMBlog,  theartblog, The Architect’s Newspaper, andTime Out New York. Beck has also contributed as a writer to Public Art Dialogue and Temporary Art Review and has organized exhibitions and screenings at BravinLee Programs, Artists Image Resource, Delta Axis and the Brooks Museum of Art. Kim Beck has an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brandeis University.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221
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  • Social Practice / Civic Engagement
  • Sculpture
  • Public Art
  • Printmaking
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Other
  • Mixed-media
  • Installation
  • Found object
  • Drawing
  • Cut paper


  • Abstract
  • Alternative
  • Black & white
  • Chalk
  • Charcoal
  • Collage
  • Etching
  • Experimental
  • Feminist
  • Graphic Novel
  • Ink
  • Land/earth
  • Landscape
  • Modern
  • Mural
  • Nature
  • New media
  • Organic
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Representational
  • Silkscreen
  • Site specific
  • Still life
  • Text
  • Watercolor
  • Wood
  • Woodcut
  • Zine
  • Conceptual
  • Cultural
  • Graphite
  • Light
  • Minimalist