About

Bio and CV

 

Bri obtained her Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2019. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication from Ball State University. Bri considers herself to have a social art practice and combines her fine art, design, and work as a helping professional to change individual and societal insight. She plays with color, pattern, shape, and scale to show emotional states and create alternative environments. In her art therapy and activist work, Bri is particularly passionate about working within the disability community. As a self-identified disabled artist, Bri is committed to utilizing the arts to show the varied, beautiful, and complex story of disability, as well as creating an avenue for other disabled folks to do the same.

On a part-time basis, Bri is a freelance graphic designer and often works with non-profits, creative events, helping professionals and other small businesses. See her Graphic Design Portfolio here for examples of her work and be sure to reach out if you’d like to work with her!

 

 
 

PUBLIC SPEAKING/MEDIA:

“In Our Bodies, Together:
Disability Art Showcase and Maker-Space”

Sixty Inches from Center Online Magazine
Article by Courtney Graham
Chicago, IL
April 2019

“Body + Space”
Artist Talk 
Access Living of Metro Chicago
Chicago, IL
November 2018

“Locating Your Practice in ‘Chicago Disability Activism,
Arts, and Design,’ with Bri Beck”

Sixty Inches from Center Online Magazine
Article by Courtney Graham
Chicago, IL 
October 2018

“Dis/Art + Justice”
Artist Talk and Educational Presentation
University of Missouri
Museum of Art and Archaeology
Columbia, MO
February 2018

“Ableism + Art”
Artist Talk and Educational Presentation
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY
November 2017

“Belonging + Disability”
Panelist 
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
February 2017

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

“Voices Embodied”
Hyde Park Art Center
Chicago, IL
March 2019

“Art of Connection: The Spaces Between”
SAIC Sullivan Galleries
Chicago, IL
January - February 2019

“Access and Art Therapy”
Chicago, IL 
October 2018

“Electrify!”
U.S. Tour 
October 2017 to December 2018

“In the Spaces”
Chicago, IL
February 2018

“Seeing God”
Redux Contemporary Art Center
Charleston, SC
July 2015

“Kids These Days”
Muncie, IN 
May 2013

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Excellence in Leadership
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
May 2018

VSA Award of Excellence
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
October 2017

New Artist Society Merit Scholarship
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
April 2016 

CV:

EDUCATION:

Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling
School of the Art Institute of Chicago | 2019 | Chicago, IL 
Thesis Title: Co-Conspicuous: An Autoethnography of a Physically Disabled Art Therapist Practicing in Medical and Social Disability Spaces 

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Ball State University | 2013 | Muncie, IN
Major: Visual Communication | Minor: Fashion

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Artist in Residence
Access Living of Metro Chicago
Chicago, IL 
July 2018 - Present

Art Therapist Intern
Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Chicago, IL 
July 2018 - Present

Disability Culture Event Intern
Bodies of Work 
Chicago, IL 
September 2018 - Present

Art Therapist Intern
Thresholds | Grais Apartments
Chicago, IL 
August 2017 - June 2018 

Art Therapist Intern
Misericordia
Chicago, IL
August 2016 - June 2017

Graduate Assistant
SAIC Disability and Learning Resource Center
Chicago, IL
August 2016 to Present 

Graphic Designer
SAIC Wellness Center and Department of Continuing Studies
Chicago, IL
May 2017 to Present

Graduate Assistant 
SAIC Department of Art Therapy and Counseling
Chicago, IL
August 2016 to August 2018

Exhibitions Assistant
SAIC Early College Program
Chicago, IL 
May 2018 to August 2018

Youth Programs Instructor
SAIC Loop and Homan Square
North Lawndale | Chicago, IL
May  to August 2017

Teaching Assistant 
SAIC Department of Continuing Studies
Chicago, IL
May to August 2017

Graphic Designer + Social Media Manager
Offex, Inc.
Charleston, SC 
September 2014 to June 2016

Middle School Educator
Teach for America 
Burke Middle High School 
Charleston, SC 
May 2013 to May 2014

SPECIAL PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Developer
"Disability Art Showcase + Maker-Space”
Access Living of Metro Chicago
April 2019

Artistic Programming Coordinator
Erasing the Distance
May 2017 to February 2018

Consultant
“Redefining Fashion Innovation Through Inclusive Design”
SAIC | Chicago, IL
November 2018 to Present

Consultant
Rare Disease Project
Foundation for Art and Healing
Cambridge, MA
January 2019

Lead Artist
Girls Rock Charleston
Charleston, SC
September to December 2015

 

 

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