Fishman presented this lecture on Thursday June 20, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.
Keynote: Material Color – Beverly Fishman
The relationship between color and material seems obvious, yet most color theories ignore this critical topic. Common theories conceive of color as abstract, pure color in swatches or wheels. Color, however, is physical and this gap in the theory needs to be addressed by any artist who moves between materials. Michigan-based artist Beverly Fishman will do just that in her keynote address for BECon. Fishman’s high-chroma works have utilized everything from industrial and signage materials, phosphorescence, resin, and now glass. She’ll discuss how her approach to color changes as her materials change.
Beverly Fishman received her BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1977, and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1980. She is presently at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she has been Artist-in-Residence and Head of Painting since 1992. Ms. Fishman’s numerous honors include a Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Purchase Fund Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship Grant. In addition to private and corporate collections, her work may be found in many public collections including the Toledo Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, and the United Nations Embassy in Istanbul.