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Robert Beck is Honored Artist for 88th Phillips' Mill Juried Exhibition



Robert Beck paints en plein air.

The 88th annual Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Exhibition Committee has selected artist Robert Beck as this year's Honored Artist.

Beck’s relationship with the Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Exhibition is a long one, with his paintings having been accepted into the exhibition 17 times in the past 22 years.

They have included landscape paintings, nocturnes, seascapes, interiors, paintings including animals, and a portrait.

“I have always submitted what I considered to be my best available painting to Phillips’ Mill each year,” Beck said. “Often that meant it wouldn’t be in my own annual exhibition on opening weekend. The Phillips’ Mill show is that important.”

The Bucks County resident attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and maintains a gallery of his work in Lambertville, N.J.

Beck’s paintings have been the subject of three in-depth museum exhibitions at: The James A. Michener Art Museum, the City of Trenton Museum at Ellarslie and the Maine Maritime Museum.

His paintings have been included in a number of invitational exhibitions, and his work has been presented in 30 solo gallery exhibitions and accepted into more than 50 juried exhibitions.

Beck has received 29 significant painting awards, was a finalist for the Pew Fellowship in 2000, and in 2014 was awarded the PSC Medal for “Excellence and Contribution to the Arts” by the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the oldest arts club in America.

Beck is known for painting in series, multiple images addressing diverse aspects of the same subject.

Although his subjects vary, the common thread is the description of his encounter, concentrating on events, occupations and environments.

Beck is a teacher, a curator, a lecturer and a writer. He has hosted a radio interview program, and his column on art-related experiences has appeared monthly in ICON Magazine for more than a decade.

In conjunction with the 88th annual Phillips’ Mill Art Exhibition, Beck will give a presentation about his paintings that have been accepted into the show over the years. The talk will take place Oct. 5 at the Gallery of Robert Beck in Lambertville, at 7 p.m. To make a reservation, email robert@robertbeck.net using Lecture in the subject line. Include the number in your party and a phone number.

The 88th Phillips’ Mill Juried Art Exhibition will open Sept 23 and run through Oct. 29. The show is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. Adults pay $5, seniors pay $4 and students pay $2. The exhibition is held at the Historic Phillips' Mill, 2619 River Road, 1.5 miles north of New Hope. For information call, 215-862-0582 or visit phillipsmill.org.

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