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Born

1943 San Diego, CA

Education

1984 MFA in Painting with High Distinction, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
1971-73 California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

Awards

2014 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
2013 The Haven Foundation, Artist Grant, Brewster, MA
2011 Jerome Caja “Terrible Beauty Award”, Visual Aid, San Francisco, CA
2007 Artoteque.com, Work on Display, Award of Distinction
2002-03 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY
1994 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Exterior Renovation, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, residence @ 1015 Oxford Street, Berkeley, CA
1994 Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Adaptive Re-use, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, Cancun Restaurant murals, Berkeley, CA
1973 Top Purchase Prize, James D. Phelan Award, San Francisco Foundation of Art, San Francisco, CA

Teaching

1992-93 Watercolor Instructor, Walnut Creek Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
1987 Watercolor Instructor, Art Trek, South of France Tour, France
1984-85 Watercolor Instructor, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1980 Guest Painting Instructor, California College of the Arts, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2014 Michael Beck, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum ID
2013 Objects of Desire, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Michael Beck: Notes to Self, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2012 Michael Beck Paintings, O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2011 Paintings, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Michael Beck & Michael Thompkins, Contemporary Realism, St. Supery Estate Vineyard Art Gallery, Rutherford, CA
2010 Michael Beck: Still Life, Visual Aid Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 Michael Beck: The Object as Still Life, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2007 Michael Beck: New Realities, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 Michael Beck: The Object-Straight On, 333 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA
2005 Michael Beck: Biography, Charles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003 Paintings, Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY
1987 California Two, Tatistcheff & Company, Inc., New York, NY
1985 Michael Beck: Recent Work, Victor Fischer Galleries, Oakland, CA
1984 Michael Beck: Transitions in Watercolor, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
1982 Michael Beck: Watercolors, Brook House, Orinda, CA

Group Exhibitions

2014 The Language of Realism, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
artMIAMI, The artMiami Pavillion, Miami, FL
EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
artMRKT Silicon Vallery, San Mateo Convention Center, San Mateo, CA
Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Gallery Artists, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2013 Summer Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
artMRKT, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA
EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Art Miami, The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami, FL
2012 In The Back Room, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art Miami, The Art Miami Pavilion, Miami, FL
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA
artMRKT San Francisco, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA
EXPO Chicago, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011-12 Uncommon Cosmos, Chandra Cerrito Gallery, Oakland, CA
2011 Michael Beck and Michael Thompkins: Contemporary Still Life Paintings, St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, Rutherford, CA
artMRKT San Francisco, Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Art Chicago 2010, Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
2009 Summer Group Show, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Toy Show II, Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2008 Direct Encounters: The Essence of Portraiture, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Home Front, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA
22nd Annual International Juried Show, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ
2007 The Toy Show, Hunsaaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
Duck Soup, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2006 About Still Life, Space 743, San Francisco, CA
Healing Force, San Francisco LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA
2005 Visual Aid at Sixteen, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Visual Aid at Sixteen, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco International Art Exhibition, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA
Living Proof, San Francisco LGBT Center, San Francisco, CA
2004 Group Show, Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Group Show, Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY
SPICE, Catherine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Federal Reserve Program, Washington, DC
2002 Summer Show, Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Ten New Artists, Tatistcheff Gallery, New York, NY
Making Bridges, CBS Marketwatch, San Francisco, CA
1996-97 Hearth and Home, Champion International Corporation, Stamford, CT
1994 The Art of Watercolor, Luise Ross Gallery, New York NY
1991 2 x 2 x 2: Interaction and Independence, Valley Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA
Leslie Levy Fine Arts, Scottsdale, AZ
1990 Watercolors, The St. Paul Companies, St. Paul, MN
Contemporary Realist Painting: Perception and Experience, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA
1989 Watercolor: Contemporary Currents, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA
American Realists, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum, ID
1987 10 Artists, Tatistcheff & Company, New York NY
Collector’s Choice Exhibition, Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK
California Two, Tatistcheff & Company, New York, NY
Watercolors, Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, CA
Watercolors, Shasta College Gallery, Redding, CA
Works on Paper, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
American Realists, Sun Valley Center for the ARts, Ketchum, ID
1986 Objects Observed, Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
Works on Paper, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1985 Richmond Works, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
1984 MFA Exhibition, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA
1982 Liquid Light: Watercolor Beyond the Tradition, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA
Northern California Realist Painters, Redding Museum, Shasta College, Redding, CA
1981 The Art Guild – Contemporary Arts Committee Infitational Bay Area Artists Sale, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Two watercolorists, Morgan Gallery, Kansas City, KS
1980 55th Annual Croker-Kingsley Exhibition, Crocker Museum, Sacramento, CA
Realism: Paintings of Landscapes, Cityscapes and Interiors, Walnut Creek Civic Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
1979 The Art Guild – Contemporary Arts Committee Infitational Bay Area Artists Sale, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
1978-79 20 Bay Area Painters, Western Association of Art Museums in Cooperation with the California Arts Coucil. Traveled to:
Chevron USA Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Gavilon College, Gilroy, CA
Anchorage Historical & Fine Arts Museum, Anchorage, AK
Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, WA
Humboldt Cultural Center, Eureka, CA
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Redding Art Center, Eureka, CA
Yakima Valley College, Yakima, WA
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Nasur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA
1977 20 Bay Area Painters, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA
The Art Guild – Contemporary Arts Committee Invitational Bay Area Artists Sale, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Bay Area Artists Collectors Exhibition, Kaiser Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA
1976 Some Berkeley People and Places, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1974 Northern California Artsists, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
1973 Gallery Artists, Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Realism II: West Coast Media / East Coast Graphics, Clark Pollack Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Painting: James D. Phelan Awards, The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA

Selected Collections

The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Wilfred Fletcher Collection, Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Redding Museum, Redding, CA
Buena Vista College Art Museum, Storm Lake, IA
Otis Elevator Corporation, CT
Citibank, New York, NY
FMC Corporation, Washington, DC
SeaVest Partners, CT
McKinney & Company, NY
Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, NY
Ernst & Whinney, NY
Exxon Corporation, Irving, TX
Clorox Inc., Oakland, CA
Chemical Bank, NY
Kaiser Industries, Oakland, CA
Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, CA
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Pleasonton, CA
Glenn Janss Collection, Sun Valley, ID
Swanledge Corporation, Cambridge, MA
AT&T, Baskingridge, NJ