Daniel T. Beck earned a B.A. in Studio Art/Art History from the University of Georgia, where he focused on metalsmithing and medieval Christian architecture. He is currently the Iron Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of western North Carolina. Daniel has a diverse background/interest in materials, having worked as a jeweler, carpenter, blacksmith, community mural artist, sculpture conservator, machinist, and as adjunct professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. His exhibition history includes the Asheville Arts Council (Asheville, NC), Rebus Works (Raleigh, NC), Crimson Laurel (Bakersville, NC), the Penland Gallery, and the Cameron Art Museum (Wilmington, NC). Daniel is also a contributing author/illustrator for the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA).
Daniel’s work currently focuses on mixed-media sculpture investigating themes of home, personal history, memory, and place. The windowless houses serve as stand-ins for these themes; and by placing these houses in relationships with other symbolic objects, he strives to evoke structure, containment, deterioration, and impermanence. Drawing is integral to the execution of Daniel’s artwork. He creates schematics and diagrams to work through ideas, accumulating information on paper throughout the drafting and planning process: multiple views, dimensions, details, and the graphic quality of a straight line.