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Nicole Beck

805 S. Oakley Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612, U.S.A.
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Phone: 312-493-6649

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At the heart of my artwork beats the rhythm and beauty of the dynamic systems found in nature and the sciences.  Basic geometries balance form with ideas.  The elements in my installations fuse to create quirky & beautiful poems in space. I am adept at budgeting, scheduling, fabricating, negotiating & collaborating on projects, and have a degree in communications as well as fine art.  I construct my own steel sculptures, and fully understand fabrication methods and installing & exhibiting public works.

Large scale works are my forte. My repetoire of media include steel & stainless, bronze, wood, glass, and landscaping outdoor public spaces. Tile & glass mosaics and painted murals can be executed directly on-site, or off-site on panels and later installed.

I have also been very active in creating collaborative murals and mosaics for public spaces with diverse groups of apprentice artists recruited from the surrounding area.  These projects require delving deep into all aspects of the community that can inform & inspire the artwork. 



  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, MFA 1991   graduate fellowship
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, AB., Communications 1984  magna cum laude
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN  undergraduate studies
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL  undergraduate studies in fine art



2004-09  Treasurer, Board of Directors, Chicago Sculpture International

2003-09  Teaching Artist, Urban Gateways, Chicago/featured programs funded by the NEA

1997-03  Lead Artist, Gallery 37, Chicago/featured programs in light sculpture, bronze casting & drawing

1993-96  Faculty Adjunct, Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL/full-time programs in 3-D design & drawing




  • Harold Washington Library, Chicago, IL
  • MWMWM Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Idao Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • NationsBank Plaza, Tampa, FL
  • Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
  • ARC Gallery, RawSpace, Chicago, IL




  • 2008  Ironwork Today: Inside & Out, Jeffrey B. Snyder, Schiffer Books,    p. 66-67.
  • CAAP Grant, City of Chicago and Illinois Arts Council
  • Public Art Commission, "A Place To Create Mural," w/ Urban Gateways, Chicago Public Schools Administrative Offices
  • Public Art Commission, "Morganway Mural Project," w/ Urban Gateways, Auburn-Gresham, Chicago
  • 2007  The Bloomingdale Mural Project. West Bucktown (commission)
  • 2006  WestTown Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, IL (public art commission/streetscape enhancement)
  • "Perspective," w/ Urban Gateways, Elgin Police Station, Elgin, IL (public art commission/tile mosaic)
  •   Artist Story
  • 2005 Art Advisory panel, Avalon Library Project, Chicago Dept. of Public Art
  • 2004  "Artists in the Gardens," City of Chicago Public Art Project (40'x 100' sculptural garden design)
  • CAAP Grant, City of Chicago & Illinois Arts Council
  • 2003  Finalist, Public Sculpture Proposal, Percent for Arts Program, City of Chicago (steel & glass sculpture)
  • Featured Artist, Chicago Artist's Month, Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs
  • 2002 CAAP Grant, City of Chicago & Illinois Arts Council
  • 2001 CAAP Grant, City of Chicago & Illinois Arts Council
  • 2000  DeVry University, Chicago, IL (commissioned sculpture- steel & bronze)
  • CAAP Grant, City of Chicago & Illinois Arts Council
  • 1999  ESPN Zone, Disney Regional Entertainment, Chicago, IL (commissioned sculpture installation)
  • 1996  Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL (commissioned mural)
  • 1995  SAF/NEA Regional Sculpture Fellowship Finalist
  • Numerous Private Collections



  • 2009   "Sculpture in the Park," White River State Park, Indianapolis, IN
  • 2008   "The Artist Project," New Works in Steel, Artropolis, Merchandise Mart, Chicago
  • "7th Lakefront Sculpture Exhibit," Lincoln Park, Chicago
  • "Grounds for Art," Cedar Rapids, IA
  • "Art in the Park," Orland Park, IL
  • "AIR Sculpture Exhibition," Roanoke, VA
  • "2008-10 Fifth Third Sculpture Walk," University of Indianapolis, IN
  • 2006  "Chicago Sculpture International Biennale," Flatfile Galleries, Chicago, IL
  • "Chattanooga Bi-Annual Sculpture Exhibition," Chattanooga, TN
  • "LPCAI 2006," Lincoln Park Community Art Initiative Outdoor Sculpture      Exhibition, Chicago, IL
  • "Woodridge Bi-Annual Sculpture Exhibition," West Peoria, IL (Quasarc        purchased into permanent collection)
  • 2005  "LPCAI 2005"
  • 2004  Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • "Art Connects: Sculpture on the Chicago River"
  • "Sculpture on the Lawn," Suburban Fine Arts Center, Highland Park, IL
  • "Art in Place," Charlottesville, VA
  • "Sculpture at the Airport," South Bend Airport, IN
  • "Jackson University Sculpture Tour," Jackson, TN
  • Barrington Public Library, Barrington, IL
  • "For the Birds," Clarke House Museum, Chicago, IL
  • 2003  "Chicago Sculpture 2003"
  • "North Carolina Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition," Greensboro, NC
  • 2002  "3 Chicago Sculptors in Wicker Park," Chicago, IL
  • "Western Michigan University Sculpture Tour," Kalamazoo
  • Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park
  • LPCAI 2002
  • Krasl Art Museum, St. Joseph, MI
  • "Peoria RiverWalk," Peoria, IL
  • 2001  "PierWalk 2001," Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
  • "Around the Coyote," Chicago, IL
  • 2000  "PierWalk 2000"
  • "Sculpture Energy," NiSource Inc., Merrillville, IN
  • Rockford College, Rockford, IL
  • 1999  "PierWalk '99"
  •  Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1998  "Evanston & Vicinity 14th Biennial Exhibition," Evanston Art Center
  • 1997  "Pilsen Artist's Open House," Chicago, IL
  • 1996  "Faculty Show,"  Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL
  • 1995   Ringling School of Art & Design, "Macroscope," Outdoor Sculpture
  • 1993  "14th Chicago International Art Exposition," McCormick Place,  Chicago, IL
  • "Art Chicago,"  Outdoor Installation
  • MWMWM Gallery Group Show
  • 1992  Chicago Botanic Gardens
  • ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • Rockford Art Museum
  • Judith Racht Gallery, Three Oaks, MI
  • 1991  Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL