William R. Beamer, Artist
b.1947. Grad. College of William & Mary, 1972. Thesis in Sociology of Art. Self taught artist, showing since 1974. Have not exhibited as frequently as desired during the last 30-plus years due to demands of career, rearing a family, and week-end job as jazz & R&B trumpeter. The following is a partial list of group shows, one- person shows, etc. over the last 30 years.
City of Radford, VA, Regional Art Show (Purchase Award)1976
The Gallery, Christiansburg, VA, 1979
Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (1 per year, for the past 26 years, 1981-2005), VA
Virginia Beach Sidewalk Art Show, Virginia Beach, VA, 1977, 1982
Roanoke’s Annual Festival in the Park (1974-1989), Roanoke,VA
Roanoke, VA –Highland Fling (Honorable Mention for body of work), 1989
AAUW Art Show, Roanoke, VA (Third Place Award), 1992
Grandin Village Fall Art Show, Roanoke, VA (Invitational Show), 1997
Lewis Gale Clinic, Roanoke, VA (Invitational Show), 1998
“Inspired Insanity,” U* Space Gallery sponsored exhibition, Name Foundation, Atlanta Georgia, 2005
“ Mission Impossible: The World’s Tiniest Art Show,” U*Space Gallery invitational group exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006
CASA Invitational Art Show, Roanoke, Virginia, 2006
“Pinned to the Wall,” Gallery 402, New York City, NY, 2006
One Person Shows:
Western Carolina University, 1976, NC
Pulaski County Library, 1977, 1980, VA
Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley (1981,1999, 2004),VA
“When All Else Fails,” 2005, U*Space Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 2005
“The Lines Between” Framescapes Gallery, Roanoke,VA, 2005
5 images at Miami/Basil International Art fair, sponsored by NY Arts Magazine, at Miami, Florida
“Tips & Picks” featured artist in NY Arts Magazine, 12-05, 1-06
Solo exhibition scheduled at U*Space gallery, Atlanta Ga., 10-06
Occasion for the Arts, Williamsburg, VA, multiple state juried exhibition, 1975, Juror, Mario Amaya, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Va.and nationally known critic.
Yorktown VA Bicentennial Invitational Exhibition, 1976
University of Virginia Regional Juried Exhibition (competetive for artists within 100 miles of Charlottesville, VA, 1980)
Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, Juried Regional Exhibition, “The Spiritual in Art,” Roanoke, VA, 1985
Roanoke College Regional Biennial Juried Exhibition (four biennial shows, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994), juried by nationally known critics/Museum Curators/Directors; competitive for artists in 150 mile radius from Roanoke Va. )
New River Art ’03, Radford University, Juried by Chair of Art Department and nationally known artist, Charles Goolsby, Emory & Henry College, VA; competitive for artists within 150 mile radius of Radford, VA
Fine Arts Center New River Valley 25th Anniversary (Invitational), VA
Corporate, Government, and private collections throughout the US, including City of Radford, VA; Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Miles Horton Collection, Blacksburg, VA, The Governor’s Mansion, Richmond, VA, and the Order of Julian of Norwich, Waukesha, WI.
Yeatts Gallery (formerly) Roanoke, VA.
Block Prints/Miller Off Main Street Gallery (formerly),
Framescapes (currently) Roanoke, VA.
Fine Arts center for the New River Valley, (currently) VA.
Artshole.co.uk, London, England
Outsiderart.info, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
In 2005 I developed a cirriculum for childcare workers and providers entitled “Enhancing Creativity in the Child Care Setting.” This cirriculum/power point presentation was co-produced by Mi Cara Productions and was purchased by Roanoke City (Department of Social Services).