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Vivian Beer Selected for Smithsonian Contemporary Craft Exhibit

Date Released: 3/25/2011

Windgate Artist in Residence at the School of Art+Design Vivan Beer is one of 40 artists selected for the Smithsonian's "40 under 40: Craft Futures" exhibition. Details.

The show 40 under 40: Craft Futures celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC and investigates craft within traditional media and illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture. Ms. Beer's work will be acquired for the permanent collection to mark the Renwick's anniversary. The show from July 20, 2012 to February 3, 2013, will tour after it closes in Washington DC .  

At Purchase, Ms. Beer is a Wingdate Scholar where she teaches and works with students to create new works of art. Her innovative furmiture designs blur the line between contemporary design, craft and sculpture.  She works with steel and automotive paint and her creations celebrate beauty and power.  As a metals artist she uses hot and cold techniques, including blacksmithing to create some of the forms in her designs. She is presently creating a body of work that will be exhibited in the Maass Gallery this summer.

The Windgate Artist in Residence Program advances the careers of practicing artists and is an ongoing program in applied design with an emphasis on studio furniture. It helps prepare Purchase students for careers as professional artists and strengthens their awareness of the significance of applied design.