Dylan Beck

Dylan Beck


Born in 1980 in rural southeastern Ohio, Dylan J. Beck spent his childhood living between small town Ohio, inner city Columbus, and the wooded Hocking Hills. These diverse environments had a major impact on how he interprets landscape. As a teenager Dylan worked for his father’s home construction business which directly informed his use of materials and understanding of infrastructural development. While pursuing his MFA at Tyler School of Art, Dylan was hired as the Area Chair of Ceramics at Kansas State University. After 5 years at Kansas State, Dylan moved to Portland, OR to accept the position of Ceramics Department Head at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Dylan has exhibited and lectured extensively and published articles in Ceramics: Art and Perception, CFile, and the NCECA Journal.



My artwork explores the interaction of human activities with the natural environment and the idea that man made landscapes express a society’s material and political priorities. Within this domain, my interests range from concepts of land and natural resource use to the psychological effects of living in the “non-places” of a hypermodern world. Our contemporary condition has given us an overwhelming trust in progress and created places that have no relation to the natural environment in which they reside.

In my studio practice, there is no hierarchy of material or method. I believe in a holistic approach to art making–an approach that balances aesthetic judgment, craftsmanship, concept, and material. Within my work there is often a direct material-to-concept relationship. Accepting that all materials carry cultural and historical significance, I choose materials that feed my conceptual agenda. Through personal experience of landscape and image collection, I select ubiquitous forms and images. I then use that information to construct sculptural arrangements, drawings, digital images, animations, etc., employing the same spatial relationships that are inherent in built environments and natural landscapes. There is disunion between my aesthetic attraction to images of built landscapes and my feelings toward the issues they embody. Therefore, I situate my work between skepticism and veneration.



2008 MFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
2006 Post Baccalaureate Fellowship, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2005 BFA, Cum Laude, Ohio University, Athens, OH


Selected Exhibitions solo exhibitions denoted by *


Constructed, Invitational, Curated by Peter Christian Johnson, Nightingale Gallery, Eastern Oregon University


Intense and Fragile, Invitational, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, Texas
Intersecting Editions, Invitational, Curated by Rachel Sydlowski and Sarah Rowe, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, NY
First Clay Studio National, Juried by the Creative Director-Garth Johnson, 36 artists selected from 312, The Clay Studio , Philadelphia, PA
Beyond The Brickyard: Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition, Juried by Tony Marsh, Juror’s Choice Award, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MT Art + Tech, Invitational, Curated by professors Sooyun Im and Mike McMann, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire


CONVERGENCY, Curated by Jeffery Mongrain, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York
The Unexpected, Curated by Denny Gerwin, Queens University of Charlotte, Max L. Jackson Gallery,
Charlotte, NC Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design, NCECA Invitational, Curated by Linda Ganstrom,
Bebe Alexander, and Collin Parson, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO Sprawl, Invitational, Curated by Anna Walker and Suzie Silbert, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft,
Houston, TX *Flyover Country, Main Gallery, Leady Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, MO *Plume Age, Vertigo Art Space, Denver, CO Location, Invitational, curated by Craig Clifford (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Lecturer),
NCECA sanctioned exhibition, NCECA 2013, Houston, TX 20th
Anniversary Clay on the Wall, Invitational Exhibition, Landmark Arts Gallery, co-curated by
Glen R. Brown and Juan Granados (Assosiate Professor of Ceramics, Texas Tech Univ.) Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2012 *Variable Global Prevalence, Hardwick Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
19th San Angelo Ceramic Competition, National Ceramic competition juried by Garth Clark and
Mark DelVecchio (the preeminent international dealers in 20th-century ceramics) San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX Crafts National Exhibit, juried by Gail Brown, Curator of Contemporary Craft, Mulvane Art Museum,
Washburn University, Topeka, KS NCECA Emerging Artists Exhibition, NCECA EXPO, Washington State Convention Center Division From Comfort, NCECA sanctioned invitational exhibition, curated by Nate Betschart –
Assistant Prof San Diego Mesa College, Seattle Design Center, Seattle WA Modularity, NCECA sanctioned invitational 5 person exhibition, Curated by Matt Mitros (Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Kennesaw State University, GA) Seattle Design Center, Seattle, WA 2011 Travel Size, invitational exhibition, curated by John Oliver Lewis (Assistant Professor of Art, Art Gallery
Co-Director, Southwestern College) Chula Vista, CA Messy Aspirations, invitational exhibition, curated by Seth Pringle (Gallery Manager, First Street Gallery/Art
Center) Riverside Arts Project, Riverside, CA Land + Scape, invitational exhibition, curated by Liz Howe, Schatch Gallery, Saratoga Clay Art Center,
Schuylerville, NY History in the Making VI, National juried exhibition, juror Bill Stewart, Genesee Pottery, Rochester, NY Breaking Boundaries: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, Invitational, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY Jersey Shore Clay National 2011, National juried exhibition, Awarded 2nd
place, juror Heather Mae Erickson, M.T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ Visions In Clay, National juried exhibition, Awarded Best in Show, juried by Judith Schwartz,San Joaquin Delta College, LH Horton Gallery, Stockton, CA Alchemy: From Dust To Form, National juried exhibition, jurors Nan Smith and Kathy King,Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL Elastic Authenticity, NCECA Sanctioned International Group Exhibition, Curated by Susan Beiner and
Darien Johnson, Morean Arts Center, Tampa, FL *Yesterday’s Tomorrow, Solo Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA