Chicago, IL, United States
About Nancy Bechtol
b. Chicago, artist, photographer, video artist, educator. Video and Experimental Digital Photo/Imaging take on a quality of manifested journeys These images portray times of a transformative experience. These transformative experiences are the key pointsfound in all our lives where the direction shifts, not always by our own choice. Best thought of as times of change. Those times which try our very core of who we think we are--our bodies, our minds, our spirits. www.absolutearts.com/nancybechtol
EDUCATIONMaster of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Video Production/TimeArts/VFX 1984Master of Education, Loyola University. Interdisciplinary Arts /Curriculum & Instruction 1980Roosevelt University, BA. Fine Arts and Education 1972Chicagos Community Access Network TV. CAN TV. Certified Independent Producer 1986-CurrentAwards/honorsMidwest Regional Fellow/National Endowment for the Arts, 1984Illinois Arts Council Fellowship - Media Art, 1993 Neighborhood Arts Program Artist/Grant Video. Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Chicago.-at Lathrop Homes, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA).1987American Video Conference Award sponsored by American Film Institute/Billboard Magazine, 1990Tokyo International Video Festival, Special Merit Award in Experimental VideoArtWhos Who in the Midwest/ Whos Who Emerging Leaders. 1990-1991.Illumina Teachers Award. Artists Call for Justice Project 2001Americas Registry of Outstanding Professionals 2001/2002EDUCATIONMaster of Fine Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Video Production/TimeArts/VFX 1984EXHIBITIONS2009Bulgarian Artists Abroad: J I V O T O K R A S T O S T V A N E L I F E C R O S I N G S curated by Ralitza M. Vladimirov, Vassi Vasevski and Jeni Petrov2009 Sept. 21-October 7 exhibit will take place iin Zadar City, Croatia, located on the fantastic Adriatic Sea. Captains tower gallery features contemporary works by Bulgarian and American artists. Exhibit will be traveling and featured in Zagreb City.Logan Square Past and Present. Featuring Historic and Contemporary Art. Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival. 2881 Milwaukee Chicago July 31- Aug 2009Peter Jones Gallery. Chicago. "Dance-a-Go-Go" featured photographer, curated by Effie Mihopoulos Gallery 350. Mart Center. Illinois Institute of Art Chicago. Perspectives. Group Faculty Show. May.Illinois State Museum-Chicago Gallery. Five Illinois Women Video-Film Artists presentation. March 27, 2009.Art:Raw gallery. New York, NYC. Juried inaugural group exhibition in Chelsea. February-March2008-2007American Indian Center, 50 years of PowWow. Exhibition - Production and Postproduction of DVD/video Four Circles of PowWow included in the traveling show (various galleries and museums nationally) presented by the Field Museum of Chicago. 2006-08Bartlett Nature Center. James (Pate) Philip State Park. Goosetopia remounted DVD site specific 3 channel video in collaboration with David Bechtol.Gallery 350. The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. 3 group shows. Critical Mass; Goosetopia, All Faculty Show The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. BareWalls 13 live painting benefit SAIC scholarship Chicago Artists Coalition. Paint-A-Thon live painting event/benefit at Peter Jones Gallery. Chicago.Chicago Magazine.. Image published in Dec. 2006 issue and online photo contest.PAM. Perpetual Art Machine. New York, NY Online art gallery and community.The C-E-N-T-E-R project. Los Angeles. CA. Included in DVD compilation. Online gallery and a multitude of event presentations.Culture TV. Included in DVD compilation ARC Gallery. Chicago. Affiliates show.1/07ARC Gallery. Mon Amour exhibit and benefit show Chicago. 2/07Cultural Connections. Sponsored by the Cultural Center of Chicago. Curator Jorge Felix. Presentations at Puerto Rican Cultural Center, American Indian Center, and Chicago Cultural Center of Chicago.. October. Part of the Chicago Artists Month Presentations.2006Illinois State Museum. Production and Postproduction of DVD/video Lets PowWow included in 50 Years of Powwow (Statewide travel)Traveling exhibition continues from 2004,-various Illinois sites with final presentation at the Illinois State Museum, SpringfieldSeptember 05 Jan 06. Included in the published book.ARC Gallery. RawSpace ~streetwired~ Roark E Moody. Conceptual/video installationThe C-E-N-T-E-R project. International art project. LA.Online, exhibitions and DVD. Screened in local venues and cable TV, Chicago Los Angeles, CA.Chicago Access Network TV. Cablecast Center ProjectChicago Access Network TV. Cablecast ART VIBES8 part series original content.ARC Gallery. Affiliate Show. AntiWar Rally Series digital photo/paintings. Chicago2004-05Athenaeum Theatre. The Promise Land. Fashion Show/Live Event with Fluxcore. Video.ARC Gallery. FrontSpace. Landscapes/Remix collaborative show with David Bechtol. Oct.Chicago Access Network TV. Ch 19 and 21. Cablecast of 2 original dv movies. Oct. 2004Gallery 415. War & Peace group show juried by Ed Paschke. Chicago. 6/04-8/04Cyberkitchen.com. online Net Art.Media Room. ARC Gallery. Chicago. you are cordially NOT invited dv movie. 5/04Hype Gallery. London, UK. Gallery Print Exhibition and online. http://www.hypegallery.comSmithsonian Museum. (NMAI) National Museum of the American Indian. Washington,
ARC Gallery. Chicago. March 2017. 2 person show. Nancy Bechtol and David Bechtol "Persistence of Vision: Scene & unseen.
August House Studio. Chicago "Real and Surreal" 2
Koehnline Museum, "Rosie the Riviter" Juried Show.
August House Studio. Chicago."Flora and Fauna" 2016
Lost Artists Colony. Guest Artist. 2013-current
Selected series: Chicago series, Digital Mindset, Al Gore and Climate Reality Installation and features.
The Heartland Alliance benefit/exhibition/auction a nonprofit organization helping f people needing food, shelter, health and legal services. Feb.2011 Gruen Gallery. Chicago.
Live 808 cyberevent live. for Japan. March 17, 2011. international artists gathering online to send support with art, words and sounds. curated by Roxanne Brousseau-Felio.
Heartland Alliance Benefit, Art auction/showing for the poor and underserved in Chicago. Gruen Gallery, Chicago.
Live 808 cyberevent and Los Angeles Center for Digital Art , online 2 cyberevent with 30 international artists. Cyberspace, and LA and Costa Rica Locations, curated by Roxanne Brousseau-Felio. July and Aug.2010.
Exhibited nationally and internationally.Midwest Regional Fellow/National Endowment for the Arts; Recipient of the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award-Media Arts; Neighborhood Arts Program Artist City of Chicago. Dept of Cultural Affairs; American Video Conference Award sponsored by the American Film Institute/Billboard Magazine; Tokyo International Video Festival, Special Merit Award in Experimental Video Art; Chicago Access Network Television, Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV) Independent Producer 1986-current.
Artist, Independent Videographer/ Photographer, Educator, Media Consultant
MFA The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
MA. ED. Loyola University of Chicago
BA Roosevelt University
Chicago’s Community Access Network TV. CAN TV. Certified Independent Producer 1986-Current
The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago. Professor time/ digital media/photography 1999-current
Lost Artists Colony. Chicago. Guest Artist Jan-September 2013. each month new select works shown.
Columbia College. Chicago. Journalism Dept. Presentation of work in progress, feature documentary film, "Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist"
Lost Artists Colony. Chicago Artists Month.
Lost Artists Colony. Avondale Fest. Sept
I CAN DO THAT. interactivem art-making, rule-breaking. art show curated by Jenny Lam. 40 international and regional artists at alternative space in Chicago. Variable Spaces. Wicker Park.
Re/Invention. ARC Gallery. Chicago. Selection of "Occupy Chicago: text/images.
Outsider Art Fair. NYC. / Packer Schopf Gallery.Chicago. Video of “The Lee Groban Experience”, CANTV SHOW shown in tribute and in the art fair booth.
Gallery 350. The Illinois Institute of Art. Mart Plaza. “Portraits” Digital Photography Student and Faculty Exhibition. (faculty)
American Indian Center, 50 years of PowWow. Exhibition - Production and Postproduction of DVD/video “Four Circles of PowWow” included in the traveling show (various galleries and museums nationally) presented by the Field Museum of Chicago (Since 2008)
Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y Ethnologia de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala Sept-Dec 2011
Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore, La Paz, August
Tom Robinson Gallery - Chicago Society of Artists. Nov.
Live 8_0_8 Event. Online, international interactive streaming. Featured Reporter/Artist Live @808 networked performance space. Including realtime video, audio, texting and other media collide and intermix. Curated by Roxanne Brousseau-Felio, Canada. Oct.
Gallery 350 “Perspectives” Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. Faculty Show.
Halsted Street Gallery. Pilsen-Chicago. "Inspired Art" exhibition. Sept.2011. The Inspired Art Project enlists local artists to create and donate original works, inspired by original poetry written by the youth of America SCORES, nonprofit organization,Chicago’s after school program. "Dream Wide Awake (street wisdom) in collaboration with Fernando M., Castillano School.
Satellite, a new media arts exhibit. Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival. Chicago. "tag 002" duet, madpalX "six degrees of separation" and eyeball kid "National Park Series". new media, cyberspace, live and installation. curated show. July.
“The Doll Show”. Benefit for ARC Gallery.Chicago.
Oh O Doom Gallery. show/fundraiser for the Illinois Institute of Chicago Student Scholarship Fund
The Triangle Gallery of Old Town. Chicago. showing with the legendary Chicago Society of Artists. August - Sept.1
Somnambulist. 4ArtInc. Zhou B Center. Chicago.
new photo/video media installation, "@second glance you notice something is different...lee is dreaming."Oct. 2010
ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation,, Chicago
Urban Convergence. In collaboration with David Bechtol, a photo essay on "Bensenville: reclaimed" Oct. 2010
Icosehedron Gallery, NYC. April, "Eyes of the World" and Sept/Oct, "From the Dust" 2010