R Michael Beatty


R. Michael Beatty was born and raised in the Midwest outside of Chicago. From the age of nineteen, when he moved to New York, he has divided his time between the Chicago area and America’s northeast coastal area from New York to Maine. His formal education was in fine arts (concentration in printmaking) and education. Methods of creative communication have been a guiding force throughout his life. Fine arts, writing and media have been the tools used to examine and develop those methods of communication.

In the fine arts, Michael’s focus has moved from his initial passion for printmaking, to conceptual art (involving the interplay of words and images), to video (creating a form of moving “word images”), to three dimensional work involving light, to photography as tool in mixed media works, to wearable artworks which involves the wearer in the artistic process. The artist believes strongly in photography as tool. His images often go through many transformations: photographs are manipulated and may become photo transfers; they may also be manipulated photographically and mechanically and developed as Giclee prints. Images may evolve into encaustic mixed media pieces; the medium providing depth and changes to the image as the viewer moves in front of it. Scarves, and questions about changes to an image as the wearer takes part in the creative process, are a natural extension of this development. His scarves currently can be seen in galleries and exclusive shops. Recent exhibitions include one person shows at Shaw Cramer Gallery; Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts (2012); Buchanan Art Center; Buchanan, Michigan (2013); and SBCT Currey Gallery, (2015). Group shows include James Cox Gallery at Woodstock; Willow, New York (2013, 2014 and 2015) and Indiana University at South Bend; South Bend, Indiana (2014). Recent work includes commissions of environmental photo-encaustics (works of more than eight feet in at least one direction) in Los Angeles (Evening To Night, 10’ by 1’), Chicago (Woods-Two Suns, 12’ by 6’) and South Bend, Indiana (Grand Canyon Storm, 12’ by 6’).

His work in media has included documentary and educational videos as well as work in both television (he has received the George Foster Peabody and Chicago Emmy among other awards) and Radio (Silver Microphone Award finalist ).

Mr. Beatty’s writing ventures have been diverse. Nonfiction projects include the books Studebaker: Less Than They Promised, and Guide To Art Museums, Midwest Edition, Education manuals include Best Stories-Teacher Guide and Best Stories- Student Workbook. He was also project director for the 2014 book/DVD compilation Fine Arts of the South Bend Region 1840-2000. He is coauthor of a new novel (Perfect) which is available at www.perfectNovel.com. His poetry is heavily influenced by the visual and by his work in the fine arts. He has won the British International Still Award for short form poetry. Soon to be released is Visual Poetry: Images From 1970 Through 1985, a collection of his conceptual work/visual poems from that time period. Recent theatrical work includes script adaptations (Charles Dickens’ The Cricket On the Hearth (2012), The Seven Poor Travelers (2013) and The Chimes (2014)) and the play Heartland: The Civil War (2015).