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Kim Beck


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"Wildish" is part of Pittsburg-based artist Kim Beck's "Room for Growth" series, and can be found at the Conestoga Recreation Center in West Philadelphia.

The mural features a “wildish” assortment of plants that can be found in the surrounding neighborhood. Over the course of the project, students from the adjacent Mastery Charter School participated and were taught that many of these plants--usually dismissed as weeds--have a much deeper lineage as food, medicine and more.

Beck is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.

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"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 University. Her 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, Sharpe-Walentas Studio 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, and Time 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."

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