dave beck










2007    M.F.A. - Sculpture & Extended Media, University of Wisconsin, Madison - Thesis: After the Hunt: Trompe L’Oeil Imagery with Contemporary Tools
2006    M.A. - Studio Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison - Thesis: Corporate/Domestic: Portrait of Myself at 50 in the Corporate World
2002    B.A. - Studio Art & Ancient Studies, St. Olaf College - Cum Laude, Departmental Distinction

Professional Academic Experience

2016-Present     Associate Dean, College of Arts, Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Wisconsin – Stout
2016-Present     Director, School of Art & Design, University of Wisconsin – Stout
2014-2016          Chair, Department of Design, University of Wisconsin – Stout
2014-Present     Program Director, Game Design BFA, University of Wisconsin – Stout
2007-2011          Director, Digital Arts & Sciences Program, Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)


2011 – Present  Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin – Stout
2007 – 2011       Assistant Professor of Digital Arts & Sciences, Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY)
2004 – 2007       Instructor of 3D Design, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Art Department

Professional Artistic Experience

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2018     Tombeaux, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI (Forthcoming)
2015     Northern Lights, 50 ft. Projection on MCAD Building, Minneapolis, MN
2012     Nebraska City Portraits, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
2010    Continuation, Gibson Gallery, State University of New York, Potsdam
             Simulated Landscapes, SARUP Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2009    The Interior Plot, Overture Center Gallery, Madison, WI
2007    After the Hunt, 7th Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
2006    Corporate/Domestic, Slingshot Gallery, Madison, WI
             UW-Marathon Distinguished Visiting Artist Exhibit, Marathon, WI
2005    Support Our Troops. Galerie Seven Thirty Four, Madison, WI
2004    Your Heart is No Match for My Love, The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN.
2002    Rings, Dittmann Installation Room (inaugural show), St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2015     Beyond the Buzz, MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2014     Selections from the Time Lounge, St. Michaels College, Colchester, VT
             Currents International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM
             The Video Show, Raritan Valley Community College, NJ
2013     HEREart Gallery, New York, NY
             Artisphere, Town Hall Video Wall, Arlington, VA
             Animation Screening, The Foundry, Cohoes, NY
             Activate: Market Street, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ
             The Lumen 100, Lumen Online Art Gallery
             Brave New World, OFFspace, San Francisco, CA
             Virtual Reality, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO (Received Best in Show Award)
             Buckham Gallery, Flint, MI
             Juicy Steak Mustache, Kolman & Pryor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2012    Arrowhead Biennial, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN (juried by Ben Howard)
             Black Friday, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasedena, CA
            FISH 2012 International Art Competition, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
             IDEAS ’12 Exhibition, Miami, FL
             $99 Sale, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
             Projections, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
             Inspired by the River, Nat’l Park Service’s St. Croix Scenic Riverway Visitor Center, WI
             Still Life: Art of Arrangement, Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VA
             SPARK3DS, Gallery 13, Minneapolis, MN
             ArtsWest 33, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, WI (Honorable Mention)
             Open Door 7, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (juried by Steve Dietz)
             ArtsWest33, L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire, WI
             Way Up State, Courthouse Gallery, Lake George, NY
             Sustainable Seafood, Smithsonian Museum’s Sant Ocean Hall, Washington, DC
2011   Faculty Art Exhibit, Furlong Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI
             Somewhere Elsewhere, Larson Gallery, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
             UW-Faculty Exchange, Wankelman Gallery, Bowling Green State University, OH
             IDEAS ’11 Exhibition, Savannah College of Art & Design, GA
             Beacons, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (UICA), Grand Rapids, MI
             Geography of Somewhere, Ferguson Gallery, Concordia University Chicago, IL
              IMPACT, Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
2010    Digital Matter(s), Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA
              Art on Bascom, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
2009    International Juried Art Exhibition, Frederic Remington Museum, Ogdensburg, NY
              Tabula Rasa, Gallery Aferro, Newark, NJ. Curated by Evonne M. Davis
             Art vs. Starlight, Madison, WI. Curated by Wisconsin Union Galleries
2008    Animal Magnetism, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA
              North Country Regional Art Show, Gibson Gallery, Potsdam, NY
             Gimme Baby Robots  Touring Exhibition (Boston, Chicago, LA, San Francisco, & Memphis)
2007    iDEAs ’07 Exhibition, F.U.E.L. Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
              The Art of the Digital Show, Lyceum Gallery, San Diego, CA.  Curated by Neal Benezra
             Sculpture at the Edge, Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI. Curated by Stephen Perkins
             SIGGRAPH Conference Space -Time Exhibition, San Diego, CA
              Impossible Cities, Peter Jones Gallery, Chicago, IL.
              Drawing No Conclusions, UICA.  Grand Rapids, MI.  Curated by Dominic Molon
2006    PhotoMidwest, Porter Butts Gallery, Madison, WI, Curated by Catherine Edelman
             North by Northwest, Diamond Ink Art Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
             Art Student Invitational, State Street Gallery, Madison, WI.     
             Madison - Milwaukee Exchange, Commonwealth Gallery, Madison, WI. Curated by MIAD
2005    Art Basel International Miami Beach, The Daily Constitutional, Miami, FL
             Big Ten Conference Center Year Long Juried Exhibition, Park Forest, IL
             Things Have Been Strange, Bad Dog Gallery, DeKalb, IL. Curated by Geoffrey Todd Smith
             Online Auction of “Missile Car”, www.ebay.com
             “Missile Car” Driving Performance. Streets of Madison, WI
             Artist Designed Mini-Golf.  Mini-Golf Course, Madison, WI.
             National Compact Competition. Baton Rouge, LA.
2004    Voice Your Vote, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN. Curated by Jane Becker
             Sculpture, Silo Gallery, Stoughton, WI. Curated by Aris Georgiades
2003    The Associates, Northfield Arts Guild, Northfield, MN.  Curated by Kirsten Johnson.
             Sweets, Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Curated by Jill Ewald.
              5 Minutes of Fame, online, www.mnartists.org.  Sponsored by the Walker Art Center.
2001    Minnesota State Juried Show, Rochester Arts Center, Rochester, MN.

Professional Design Work & Commissions
2016     Everend (Exec. Producer, 12-student team at UW-Stout & Intel 2017 Showcase Participant)
               Building 37 (Exec. Producer, 12-student team at UW-Stout)
2015     Harvey, (Exec. Producer 50-student team at UW-Stout)( http://harveygame.com/)
               Navigating the Missouri, National Park Service’s Lewis & Clark Center, Nebraska City, NE
2014     Perrault’s Trading Post, (Exec. Producer of student team at UW-Stout), CV Museum, Eau Claire, WI
2013     Flash Frozen (Exec. Producer 12-student team at UW-Stout & winner of E3 College Game Competition)

Permanent Collections & Commissions
Smithsonian Museum
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts
Culver’s Corporation
Wells Fargo

Fellowships & Residencies
2015     Fellow, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
                Fellow, National Park Service, Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, NE
2014     Fellow, Minnesota Science Museum Pine Needles Residency, St. Croix, MN
2012     Board of Directors Award Fellow, KHN Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
                Fellow, Lanesboro Artist Residency, Lanesboro, MN
2010     Fellow, Minnesota Science Museum Pine Needles Residency, St. Croix, MN
2009     Fellow, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
02-03   Apprentice Fellowship, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN (9-month residency)

Honors & Awards
2017     Intel University Showcase Participant (game featured from class I taught)
2016     Wisconsin in Scotland Summer Teaching Fellow
2014     Fulbright Specialist Scholar (through 2018)
2013     Student Showcase Award (given to my students), iDMAa Conference
              Outstanding Teaching Award, UW-Stout
              E3 Student Game Design Competition Winner (game featured from class I taught)
              Princeton Review Top 30 Game Design Program (given to art program I coordinate)
2011    NYFA Award: New York Foundation for the Arts MARK ‘11 Participant
2010    2010 Innovative Program Award (given to the Clarkson program I directed), iDMAa
             Outstanding New Teacher Award, Clarkson University
             Honorable Mention, Scientific Visualization Challenge, National Science Foundation
2008    Phalanx Commendable Service Award, Clarkson University
2006    Distinguished Visiting Artist Exhibition & Lecture Series Participant, UW-Marathon, WI
             Artwork chosen to represent UW-Madison at The Big Ten Conference Center, Park Ridge,IL
2002    Departmental Distinction, St. Olaf College Art Department, Northfield, MN

Marc Leuthold, Sculpture Magazine, September 2011, Vol. 30, # 7, Pgs. 68-69
Kelly Nosari, DailyServing International Contemporary Art Forum, 5/4/11
Molly Kimelman, “Luminous Art exhibit illuminates galleries at UICA”, Grand Rapids Press, 1/13/11
Sean Ryan, “Artists, Architects Collaborate at UWM,” The Milwaukee Business Journal, Nov. 5, 2010
Todd Moe, North Country Public Radio Interview, 11 minutes, www.ncpr.org, 9/15/10
Grace Johnson,Artist Works with Volunteers for GPS Project” Nebraska City News-Press, 5/28/09
Kristian Knutsen “Rockstar Squashes Online Installation” www.isthmus.com 2/14/06
Dave Beck, “My Car/Missile” The Daily Constitutional, 12/05 www.dailyconstitutional.org
Elizabeth Wachowski, “Madison man, missile make a statement on eBay” WI State Journal, 8/28/05
Doug Moe, “Artist Spitting Image to be Shown” Capital Times, 2/7/05
Jakki Spicer, “Mortality in Deer and Infants at the Soap” www.mnartists.org, 6/4/04
Kelly Zwagerman, "Minneapolis Artist Working at St. Olaf on a Grant," Northfield News, 1/11/03

Featured Artist on Wisconsin Life http://www.pbs.org/video/2365879661/ 11/3/16
Greenpeace Spain Newsletter http://tinyurl.com/qbzg7rn 5/23/13
UW-Madison Material Culture Blog http://uwmadisonmaterialculture.blogspot.com/ 8/7/12
Spectrum West Interview, Wisconsin Public Radio, 2/20/12
The New York Times Online Slideshow “Visualizing Science” Image 3, 2/19/10
National Geographic Online Slideshow “Best Science Pictures Announced”, 2/19/10
National Science Foundation Online International Science & Engineering Challenge Winners, 2/19/10
Science, International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners, 2/19/10
the blogpaper (UK-based newspaper about blogs), Jellyfish Burger (page 9) Issue #1 9/25/09
Jellyfish Burger (artist credit) in DISCOVER Magazine Online, 7/09 www.discovermagazine.com
Jellyfish Burger (artist credit) in BlueSci Magazine, Issue #15 of 4/09, University of Cambridge, England
Gamescenes. Art in the Age of Videogames” (Featured artist) Bittanti Quaranta. 2006. gamescenes.org

2016     Student Research Assistant Award ($1,000), University of Wisconsin-Stout
2015     Student Research Assistant Award ($1,000), University of Wisconsin-Stout
2014     Professional Development Grant ($2000), University of Wisconsin – Stout
2013     Student-Professor Dissemination Grant ($2,000), University of Wisconsin - Stout
               Research Incubation Grant ($10,000), University of Wisconsin – Stout
                Student-Professor Research Travel Grant ($11,000), University of Wisconsin - Stout
2012     Professional Development Grant ($3780), University of Wisconsin – Stout
                Curricular Incubation Grant ($7181), University of Wisconsin - Stout
2011     JIT Professional Development Grant ($1000), University of Wisconsin – Stout
                George I. Alden Trust Facilities Improvement Grant ($150,000), Clarkson University
2008     Creativity & Visual Communications Seminar Leader, STEM Grant (08-09)
2007     Safe Schools, Healthy Students of St. Lawrence County Grant Co-Coordinator (07-08)

Lectures & Presentations
2016     Keynote Speaker for Motion + Media Research Symposium, U of M Duluth, MN
              Making of Tombeaux, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
2015     Digital Trompe l’oiel, Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN
2013     Engine is the New Easel, Wisconsin Game Developer’s Summit, Milwaukee, WI
              Game Design Education Panel, Wisconsin Game Developer’s Summit, Milwaukee, WI
2012     SPARK3DS Symposium, Gallery13, Minneapolis, MN
              Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, MN
2011     Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
              Concordia University, Chicago, IL
2010     St. Croix Watershed Research Center, Marine-on-the-St. Croix, MN
              Poster Presentation, CAA Conference, NY, NY
2009     St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY
              SUNY-Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
2006     University of Wisconsin-Marathon County

Teaching, Service, & Learning

Courses Taught
University of Wisconsin – Stout, School of Art & Design (2011- Present)*
DES 220               2D Digital Imaging
DES 256               Interactive Environments (Winterm 2013 & Winterm 2015)*
DES 256                Digital Puppetry Workshop (Winterm 2014)*
DES 350               3D Game Art & Engines*
DES 372               3D Modeling & Animation I*
DES 373               Digital Characters*
DES 373               3D Modeling & Animation III*
DES 374               3D Modeling & Animation II*
DES 381               Advanced Animation*
DES 390               Portfolio & Professional Practice for Entertainment/Game Design
GDD 100              Introduction to Game Design
GDD 450              Senior Capstone in 3D Game Design & Development
GDD 451              Senior Capstone in 3D Game Design & Development

* UW-Stout courses created or substantially re-designed by Beck

Study Abroad Courses Designed, Taught & Led
Digital Puppetry in LA w/ the Jim Henson Company (Los Angeles, CA)
Professional Practice and the Game Developer’s Conference Experience (San Francisco, CA)

Clarkson University, Digital Arts & Sciences Program (2007-2011)*
DA 100 Introduction to Digital Art (Summer 2011)
DA 200 3D Digital Design (Fall 2007- 2010)
DA 225 Digital Painting (Fall 2010)
DA 300 3D Imagery & Animation (Spring 2008-2011)
DA 310 Digital Object Design (Fall 2007-2009)
DA 400 Directed & Collaborative Development (3D Modeling and Animation) (Fall & Spring 08-11)
DA 410 Directed & Collaborative Development (Digital Object Design) (Fall & Spring 08-11)
DA 470 Motion Capture (Fall 2010)
DA 491 Professional Practice (Fall 2007-2009)
DA 492 Senior Studies (Spring 2008, 2009, 2011)

*All above Clarkson courses were created and designed by Beck, as Program Director

Clarkson University, Team-Taught Courses and Graduate-Level Courses (2007-2011)
ES 305  Interdisciplinary Product Design (taught w/ Engineering & Business Faculty) (Fall 08 & 09)
MA 705 Graduate Course: Physics Based 3D Animation w/ Numerical Modeling (Spring 2010)

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Department of Art (2005-2007)
ART104 Introduction to 3D Design (Fall 2006 & Spring 2007)
ART108 Foundations of Contemporary Art (Fall 2005)
ART208 Current Directions in Art (Spring 2006)

2011-Pres.    University of Wisconsin – Stout, Game Design & Development Program (Advised 25 undergraduate students)
2007-2011    Clarkson University, Digital Arts & Sciences Program (Advised 50-75 undergraduate students)

Service within UW-Stout School of Art & Design
2016-Present     Associate Dean & Director, School of Art & Design and College of ACHSS
2014-Present     Program Director, Game Design BFA
2014-2016          Chair, Department of Design, UW-Stout
2014-2015          Search Committee Member, Director of Office of International Education
2014-2015          Provost’s Ad-Hoc Committee Member, Degree Requirements for Faculty
2013-2014          Search Committee Member, Animation Faculty  
2012-2013          Search Committee Member, Animation Faculty  
2013-14               School of Art & Design PR & Fundraising Committee Member
2012-13               School of Art & Design Furlong Gallery Committee Member
2012                     Juror, Prometheus Competition
2011-12               School of Art & Design Curriculum Committee Member

Service within Profession
2016     Board Member, Main Street Menomonie (UW-Stout Representative)
2016     Member, Menomonie Rotary (UW-Stout Representative)
2014     Coordinator of International Digital Media & Arts Conference Exhibition
'12-'14  Juror, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Artist Residency
2013     Juror, Pine Needles Artist Residency
2012     Digital Media Artist Fellowship Evaluator, Mid-Atlantic Arts Council, Baltimore, MD
2012     Consultant, Astrum Terra (Science and Art Consultants for Video Games)
2011     Reviewer, Call for Papers, International Digital Media and Arts Association Conference
2010     Juror, Remington Museum Members Exhibition, Ogdensburg, NY
2009     Juror, SUNY-Potsdam, Potsdam, NY
              Juror, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

Professional International Affiliations
NASAD  Institutional Representative, National Association of Schools of Art & Design
iDMAa   Board of Directors Member, International Digital Media and Arts Association
HEVGA  Member, Higher Education Videogame Alliance
ICFAD    Member, International Council of Fine Arts Deans
IGDA      Member, International Game Developers Association
CAA        Member, College Art Association
FATE      Member, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education
ISC          International Sculpture Center

Digital Skills
3D Modeling & Animation 2D (Design, Photo, Web) Video/Flash
Autodesk Maya (Expert)
Rhino CAD (Expert)
Pixologic ZBrush (Expert)
Autodesk Mudbox (Basic)
AutoCAD (Basic)
Stereolithography (Expert)
Vicon MoCap w/ CAVE (Proficient)
Virtools (Basic)
Autodesk 3DS Max (Basic)
Unity Game Engine (Expert)

Adobe Photoshop (Expert)
Adobe Illustrator (Proficient)
Adobe Dreamweaver (Proficient)
Wordpress (Proficient)
Corel Painter (Proficient)
Adobe InDesign (Basic)
HTML (Basic)

Adobe Premiere (Proficient)
Adobe After Effects (Proficient)
iMovie (Proficient)
Final Cut Pro (Basic)
Adobe Flash (Basic)

Sculpture Skills
Expertise in casting and digital 3D printing, specifically with plaster, synthetics, and bronze.  Expertise in foundations-level sculpture (wood working, found object, etc) and proficient in welding & other forms of direct-metal work (including metal lathe, milling, and CNC machinery).


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