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Michael Beitz is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh. He received his MFA from the University of Buffalo in 2009. 
 
Originally from New York State, Beitz spent a number of years working as a furniture maker for artists and designers while continuing his studio practice. 
 
Beitz creates large-scale installations and sculpture inspired by the social, personal, and material functions of furniture. 
 
His work has been shown nationally, most recently at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
Michael Beitz skillfully combines furniture design and meticulous craftsmanship with the more conceptual concerns of contemporary art. 
Tapping into the cultural significance of domestic furniture, such as dining tables and living room couches, Beitz ultimately subverts each object’s functionality. 
 
In his construction of warped and elongated tables, knotted sofas, and looping picnic tables, the artist obstructs each item’s ability to serve as a site of social interaction, and thus transforms familiar household items into explorations of intimacy and alienation. 
 
Although humorous and playful, these works also speak to the complexity of human relationships and reveal deeper psychological impacts of our experience with everyday objects.

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Education


2009 University at Buffalo, MFA
1999 Alfred University, BFA


Exhibitions

 

2016 Drawing Never Dies, RedLine Galley, Denver, CO
        Whippy, permanent public work, University at Buffalo, NY
2015 Banksy’s Dismaland, Weston Super Mare, UK
        Cyberfest, Video Program, Youth Center, Hermatage Museum, SPB, RU,
        Bogota’s SOFA, Columbia, Made in NY Media Center, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Maybe Later, Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM (solo)
        Art In The Parks Program, Council Bluffs, Iowa (public art commission)
        ArtFarms, Buffalo, NY (public art commission)
        Torino Gay and Lesbian Film Fesival, Torino, Italy
2013 Bi-furcation, Pratt MWP, Utica, NY
        Wisconsin Triennial, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI
        Yankee Doodles, Small Engine Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2012 Urbanity, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
        New Holland Island, Collaboration with PRO ARTE, SPB, Russia
        Triennial, Oshkosh, WI
2011 Heat Island, Smack Mellon, New York, NY
        Evolution Revolution, Buffalo Art Studio, Buffalo, NY
        Wiggle Room with Larry Bob Phillips, Recess Activities, New York, NY
        Bemis Gardens, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
        Current Residents, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte.NC
2010 Beyond in Western NY, Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY
        Philagrafica 2010, Extra Dimensional, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
        Hydroponics, ВКИУ, Perm, Russia
2009 Des Fleurs Pour Decorer, Birch Libralato, Toronto, Canada
        General Assembly, Buffalo Art Studio, Buffalo, NY, (solo)
        Housewares, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY (solo)
        Cycle, Winslow Garage, LA, CA
2008 Le Carnival Du Portrait, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY
2007 Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2006 Matched Pairs, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM (solo)
        Fellows from Roswell A.I.R. Program, Santa Fe Community College
2002 Current Artists, Sculpture space, Utica, NY
2001 Reactions, EXIT ART, NY, NY
2000 Time and Measure, Pratt at MWPI, Utica, NY (solo)
        Detach, Corner shop Gallery, Buffalo, NY (solo)
        Blurred Boundaries, The Arts Center of the Capitol Region, Troy, NY
        Made in New York, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY


Artist Residencies/Grants/Awards


2014 Roswell Artist Residency Program
        University of Wisconsin Research Grant
2012 NCCA Residency, Saint Petersburg, RU
        University of Wisconsin Research Grant
2011 NYFA Grant recipient
        West Prize recipient
        McColl Center for Visual Arts Residency, NC
        John Michael Kohler Art Center Residency, WI
2010 Bemis Art Center Residency, NE
2008 Morris Scholarship, University at Buffalo
2004 Roswell Artist in Residency Program, Roswell, NM
2002 Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY
        Professional Experience
1999-2001 Furniture Fabricator, Wendell Castle, Scottsville, NY
2001-2003 Fabricator, BDDW Design, NY, NY
2005-2007 Furniture Fabricator, Wendell Castle, Scottsville, NY
2007-2009 University at Buffalo, Teaching Assistant
2010 McColl Teaching Artist, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
2011-14 Assistant Professor of Sculpture, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
         Allen Priebe Gallery Director, UW Oshkosh
2015-Pres. Assistant Professor of Art, UC Boulder
        Artist Lectures
2014 New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
2013 Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VI
        Pratt MWP, Utica, NY
        Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
2012 NCCA/ProArte @ New Holland Island, SPB, Russia
        Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM
2011 John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2010 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2004 Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM
2001 Pratt MWP, Utica, NY
       

Publications

        Highlike, SESI publishing, Sao Paulo, September 2014
        Arts and Industry, John Michael Kohler Arts Center Inc., 2014
        Kunstbeeld, “Walls in Contemporary Art”, Belgium, November, 2014
        Creaticity, Lemo, Spain May 2013
        High Design, Urban Landscape Furniture, China, August 2012
        Interior Design, Taiwan, March/April 2012, No.62
        Design, Ukraine, October, 2011, No.29
        Erotic Economies, No 1. Summer 2010
        Beyond in Western New York, Albright Knox, 2010
        The Roswell Artist-In-Residence Program, Ann McGarrel, UNM Press, 2007

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