RISE Group Show forwards conversation about gender equality in the arts.
YourHub – The Denver Post
November 26, 2021
By Amy Norton
According to the National Museum of Women in the arts (NMWA), only 13.7% of living artists represented by galleries are women. This and other statistics about the imbalance in the art world was not completely unknown to Bitfactory Gallery’s curator Bill Thomason but recently he came to understand the large disparity in a new way. He decided that rather than simply host his annual all-female exhibition, he would provide an opportunity to forward the conversation and raise more awareness about gender inequality in the arts. The new show RISE runs from December 17, 2021–January 13, 2022, and features work on this theme by Art by 13, Kathy Beekman, Lee LaBier, A. L. Lummus, Kirah Perle, Autumn Thomas, and Michelle Tomes. Read more
Conversations with the Inspiring Kathy Beekman
August 26, 2019
Today we’d like to introduce you to Kathy Beekman.
Kathy, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I got serious about my art when, in the early 2000s, I asked a colleague of mine, who happened to be an artist, “Don’t you just want to make a living selling your art?” Her reply lit the seat of my pants, “Yeah, but that’s not realistic.” It was this singular moment that was and is now the driving force behind my wanting to make a success of my creative life. Read more
Show Preview Southwest Art Magazine
July 15, 2014 Lindsay Mitchell … Gallery director Doug Kacena believes Beekman’s work will evoke a variety of “good feelings” in viewers. “Kathy’s visual language is clean, bold, and elegant,” he says. “She captures the essence of the rural western landscape and dwellings in a simplified, minimalist, and whimsical manner, allowing the viewer to truly identify with a sense of place in her work.” Read more
Defining Yourself as an Artist
Colorado Music Buzz
October 1, 2014
Leah Parker / Kathy Beekman
Knowing that you are an artist must be the first stein marketing your art. Defining who you are as an artist should be your first priority.
Nice to Know You. Meet Kathy Beekman
By Ruth Morehouse
In person, Kathy is often jovial and playful. No matter what she is doing, she maintains an exuberance about life and frequently puts a humorous emphasis on her interactions with friends and colleagues.
An interview with artist Kathy Morris Beekman ‘89
2009 Winter Issue
… sometime during high school I remember reading, ‘where there is no risk there is no achievement’. I don’t remember where I read this, but it had such a profound effect on me that I wrote it on a large poster board and taped this poster board above my bed so that I would look at it often and be reminded to take the risk when I felt scared …
Artist to Watch
Southwest Art Magazine
November 2008, VOL. 38, NO.6
By Bonnie Gangelhoff
… Her peaceful portraits of houses and barns are reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s spare landscapes, evoking a sense of nostalgia and solitude. But Beekman says one of her greatest influences is Georgia O’Keefe. ‘I am nearly obsessed with her life and work. She was a woman working in a man’s world, and she didn’t mimic other artists,’ Beekman explains. ‘O’Keeffe was very much her own person and I draw strength from that fact.’
The Colorado Artist Yearns for the Uncluttered Life
November 28, 2008
By Caramie Schnell
… Stare at one of Kathy Beekman’s pastel paintings for long enough and you’ll feel at peace. The uncluttered landscapes, combined with contrasting warm and cool colors, draws the viewer into the canvas. It’s hard not to yearn for a time machine to transport you to the field where there’s just a big sky, a rolling sea of grassy plains and a lone brick-red barn in the distance.
‘All of us are so accustomed to the constant barrage of media that flashes in front of us that when you first encounter one of Kathy’s pastels, you can’t help but feel an immediate sense of calm,’ said Steven DeWitt, Cogswell Gallery director. ‘Instead of feeling overwhelmed, the artist’s compositions and choice of color evokes the feeling I get when I’m most content.’
Elevated Living Magazine
By Cat Stone
… Greatest Influence: There has been no one influence greater than another. My parents were my drive when I was younger. Since the age of four they have always encouraged me throughout all of my artistic endeavors. They would even introduce me as Kathy, their daughter, quickly followed by ‘she is an artist.’…
Connect with Kathy
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