Nathan Beard was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in 2001 and then worked in galleries and as an Art Consultant in Denver, CO for seven years. He grew up on a dairy farm in western New York. Prior to his university studies, Nathan lived in Egypt for one year as an exchange student and, upon his return, worked as a cowboy in Wyoming for two years. Nathan currently maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, FL, where he lives with his wife and six year old daughter. His work is represented in Pinellas County by ARTicles Art Gallery (St. Petersburg, FL). Nathan also serves as Curatorial Assistant at Dunedin Fine Art Center and as Preparator at Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, University of Tampa.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Left to Right, Howard W. Blake School of the Arts (Tampa, FL) 2017; BROAD SPECTRUM, Highlands Museum of Art (Sebring, FL) 2017; Pond’s Edge, Museum of Coastal Carolina (Ocean Isle Beach, NC) 2016; Confluence of Origins, Gallery 221, Hillsborough Community College – Dale Mabry (Tampa, FL) 2016; Surface Tension (with Nin McQuillen), ARTicles Art Gallery and Custom Framing (St. Petersburg, FL) 2015; Illuminated Silence (with Ya la’Ford), Dunedin Fine Art Center (Dunedin, FL) 2015.
Recent group exhibitions include Skyway: A Contemporary Collaboration, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts (St. Petersburg, FL), and John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL) 2017; 8th All-Media Juried Biennial, Art & Culture Center/Hollywood (Hollywood, FL) 2017; Bay Life Art Exhibit, Tampa Bay Watch (Tierra Verde, FL) 2017; YES!, curated by Chad Mize, STUDIO@620 (St Petersburg, FL) 2016; Leave a Message, curated by Tes One, Morean Arts Center (St. Petersburg, FL) 2015.
Recent curatorial activities include CONSTRUCT: 16 Tampa Bay artists whose work speaks to the ways in which we build our world, Gallery AIA (Tampa, FL) and Centre Gallery (University of South Florida, Tampa, FL) 2017; WorkingTitle: Inaugural Exhibit (15 Tampa Bay artists curated from the pages of WorkingTitle, produced and edited by Michael Crabb), presented in partnership by ARTicles Art Gallery and the Staybridge Suites (St. Petersburg, FL), 2017.
Nathan anticipates using the grant funds in myriad ways, mainly to demonstrate and fund all aspects of an exemplary instance of collaboration between artist, gallery, designer, developer and arts organization. He has recently been contacted by a designer who is developing interiors for a large development in St. Petersburg. They have asked about reproducing Nathan’s work at a very large scale for the lobby atrium. He is currently developing a mock-up for their approval and the piece he’s creating for the Creative Pinellas Group Show in October will serve as the piece to be reproduced. If the developer decides to pursue Nathan’s work for the project, he will be blogging about the entire process as part of his grant obligations. Nathan also intends to use the grant funds to set up and run his studio/professional art services as a business and to make minor repairs to studio lighting.