“My approach to painting is expansive, and includes collaborative work in digital imaging, installation, and sound,” says Amy Beecher, who came to Marlboro from Providence College, where she was a special lecturer of design. “In turn, my training as a painter informs all of my work, and I prioritize plasticity, color, and framing no matter the medium I employ.” Amy’s teaching reflects her interdisciplinary artistic practice, and includes—in addition to courses in painting, drawing, and digital media—interdisciplinary seminars in media and gender studies.
As an instructor and mentor, Amy combines rigorous skill development with differentiated, self-directed learning. “Marlboro’s culture of art as a process informed by craft, play, reflection, and contextual awareness echoes my own artistic and pedagogical views,” she says. A differentiated approach to final projects allows students to build an individualized bridge between their interests, past experiences, and the course material. “The notion of teaching students with a wide range of aesthetic, thematic, and technical interests is well-aligned with my experience and expertise.”
As a recent fellow in interdisciplinary art at the MacDowell Colony, Amy worked on a project that offers critical revisions of Cathy Guisewite’s Cathy comic series in drawing, text, and sound. A recent exhibition at Providence College, titled tbh, included an interdisciplinary panel on humor, feminist performance art, and self-image, and she also had a recent solo show at GRIN in Providence, Rhode Island. Outside of the studio, Amy contributes to Big Red Shiny, a Boston-based art criticism website, and Art Handler, a magazine dedicated to labor relations in the art world.