Gallery Exhibit to Feature Sculptures and Community Collaborations by Bridget Beck '00

New gallery exhibit to feature work by Bridget Beck '00

Bridget Beck, The Good Monster Urban Store, 2014, complete installation view with artist.

Event Details

Date: October 16 - November 14, 2015

Times: Exhibit runs: Oct. 16 - Nov. 14 | Artist talks: 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 | Gallery reception: 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16

Location: Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

Ticket Info: The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery will present de la Mancha: Laster Out First: Sculptures and Community Collaborations by Bridget Beck '00, a new gallery exhibition of drawings, large-scale sculptures and collaborations, from Friday, Oct. 16 - Saturday, Nov. 14. A homecoming reception is set for Friday, Oct. 16, with artist's talks at 12 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. 

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

For Beck, the exhibition’s title “de la Mancha: Laster Out First” means that imagination outlasts all obstacles. The word laster is a play on “last” and also “outcast.” This play on words embodies her belief that no one should be forgotten. As she states, “art should be taken out into the community for everyone, no matter who you are.”  Beck has been realizing this belief for nearly 15 years as a professional artist and community collaborator.

"Art should be taken out into the community for everyone, no matter who you are."
— Artist Bridget Beck '00

The exhibition will be composed of drawings and recent sculptures that the artist will deliver by truck from Long Beach, California. Additionally, she will create four collaborative sculptures, two of which will be created through workshops with Sioux Falls Edison Middle School students and Brandon Valley High School students.

"Beck’s sculptures are quirky, fun and interactive environments. They are meant to be touched, walked­ through, and even climbed upon," said Dr. Lindsay Twa, assistant professor of art and director of the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. "She welds metal, often recycled and reclaimed, and incorporates unusual found objects into fantastical constructions that she often finishes by painting in bright colors. For her, the viewer completes the piece — the sculpture is not alive until it interacts with a viewer. This is even more true of her collaborative pieces, where ideal viewers are also the co­creators with the artist as facilitated by her specific community­based projects. Beck believes that all people have the capacity to live their lives imaginatively, even if they are not professional artists."

This exhibition is supported in part through grants from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation, Augustana University’s Mellon Fund Committee, and the South Dakota Arts Council, with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Artist

Bridget Beck grew up in South Dakota where she soaked in the plains and the sky until graduating from Augustana University in 2000 with a BA in English and Art. She then spent some time at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota before moving east to work for Socrates Sculpture Park, Mark Disuvero's Spacetime Studio, and the Connecticut Sculpture Park. Bridget then returned to the Midwest where she continued to make sculpture in South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In 2006 Bridget received an AS degree in geomatics (civil engineering). She was then employed by Ramsey County, Minnesota where she designed roads in 3D, surveyed the lay of the land, inspected road projects, and tested soils until 2012. After leaving behind her Franconia Sculpture Park Resident Artist position, Briget attended graduate school at UCLA. She is a fellowship recipient and recent MFA graduate who is currently the Director of the UCLA Summer Art Institute and is creating new sculpture and drawings in Southern California's thriving art scene.

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. Hours are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Closed Sundays.