Justin Colt Beckman


Justin Colt Beckman received a BFA from Art Center College of design in 1998 and an MFA from Central Washington University in 2008. He enjoys a rural lifestyle with a home and studio in the small community of Ellensburg, Washington and is a founding member of the rural arts collective PUNCH Projects.

Based around an investigation of the unique characteristics of small-town life and the rural landscape, Beckman's work explores the dichotomy of urban and rural cultures and their associated stereotypes. Essentially a city boy with country boy tendencies, he uses photo-based works, film/video, sculpture, installation, and new-media to engage with and better understand his rural surroundings.

Beckman has exhibited work both locally and nationally including Art Share in Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; G.A.S.P. in Boston, MA; Tacoma Art Museum’s 8th Northwest Biennial; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, NY. He is a past recipient of an Artist Trust Gap Grant and a 4-Culture Site-Specific Project Grant, and has work in the permanent collection at Tacoma Art Museum.

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804 East 4th Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926