Carnegie Mellon University

Kim Beck

Kim Beck

Associate Professor of Art, School of Art

  • DH C314
Address Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Using images of architecture and landscape, Kim Beck works in a range of media to survey peripheral and suburban spaces. Her work urges a reconsideration of the built environment – street signs, billboards, gas station banners, overgrown weeded lots, and self-storage buildings — bringing the banal and everyday into focus. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Socrates Sculpture Park, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center. She has received Pollock-Krasner and Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, and awards from Ars Electronica, NYSCA, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Heinz Foundation. Her artist’s book, A Field Guide to Weeds, was published through the Printed Matter Emerging Artist Publishing Program. She has been awarded residencies at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Yaddo, International Studio & Curatorial Program, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, The College of Fine Arts Sidney and Artists Image Resource with the support of the Heinz Creative Heights grant. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and BA from Brandeis University.