Noted American Artist Mark Beard to Appear at Hudson County Community College Foundation’s Next Arts Talk Series Presentation

Mark Beard Self Portrait
Mark Beard
Self Portrait

The illustrious and multitalented Mr. Beard will discuss his multidimensional career and works on Friday morning, March 1

 

 JERSEY CITY, N.J. / February 26, 2013 — Hudson County Community College Foundation will present another segment in “Arts Talk Series” on Friday morning, March 1, 2013 when the very accomplished and productive artist Mark Beard appears. The event will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Follett Room of the College’s Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center at 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City — just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Station. The event is FREE and open to the entire community.

 Born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1956, Mr. Beard has worked in many media. His prints, paintings, sculptures and handcrafted books have been exhibited throughout the world and are included in collections at the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), the Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT), The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Staatliche Graphische Sammlung München (Munich, Germany), Albertina (Vienna, Austria), at Harvard, Princeton and Yale Universities, and at Hudson County Community College (NJ).

 Mr. Beard is a noted set designer with more than designs for 20 theatrical productions that appeared in New York City, London, Cologne and Vienna to his credit. He has also had large paintings and friezes installed at Abercrombie & Fitch’s flagship stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Paris and Tokyo.

 To prevent himself from being typecast in any one style or medium, Mark Beard has developed several distinct, alter-ego artist personas, each with a detailed biography and portrait photo. These include: Bruce Sargeant (1898-1938), an imagined English artist and a contemporary of E.M. Forster; Hippolyte-Alexandre Michallon (1849-1930), a French beaux-arts painter and the teacher of Bruce Sargeant; Edith Thayer Cromwell (1893-1962), an American who was a student and friend of Michallon; Brechtholdt Steeruwitz (1890-1973), a Viennese artist who was also a student of Michallon; and Peter Coulter (born 1948), an American artist influenced by Cromwell’s and Steeruwitz’s work.

 The Hudson County Community College Foundation Art Collection was established seven years ago to coincide with the initiation of the College’s Fine Arts studies program. The Collection is intended to enrich the lives of the community and to provide a point of reference and inspiration for the Fine Arts students. The HCCC Foundation Art Collection has since grown to its present stature thanks to the generosity of its many donors. Since its inception, several pieces have been directly donated by individuals, estates, corporations and other organizations. Monetary donations for art purchase are maximized by matching funds, and donations are given not only for acquiring works of art, but also for special events, and items in kind, such as art books for the College library.

 Additional information on Mr. Beard’s appearance and reservations may be obtained by contacting Dr. Andrea Siegel at (201) 360-4007 or by emailing asiegel@hccc.edu.

 

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