School of Art and Design director receives national fellowship
October 13, 2017
Dave Beck, director of UW-Stout’s School of Art and Design,
has been recognized by the National Council of Arts Administrators.
Beck is one of six people who received the 2017-18 Emerging
Arts Administrator Fellowship. They were honored at an NCAA conference held recently
in Tucson, Ariz.
The fellowship includes working with a mentor before and
during the conference. Beck’s mentor is Greg Watts, dean of the College of
Visual Art and Design at the University of North Texas.
Beck, an associate professor and an associate dean in the
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences, is the
founding director of UW-Stout’s program in game design and develop-art,
Bachelor of Fine Arts. The program is nationally ranked, and student projects have
taken two first places nationally in the past five years.
“It was an honor to be recognized as a fellow this year at
the NCAA meeting in Arizona. This organization is a great community of arts administrators in higher education, and I
was able to come away from the conference with a wonderful collection of new
ideas, approaches and experiences revolving around leadership and
administration in the arts,” Beck said.
“Additionally, the established network of
colleagues and institutions from across the country will help UW-Stout’s School
of Art and Design to become both more connected and competitive on a national
Other arts administrators who won this year’s fellowship are
from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Cal State-Fullerton, Memphis College
of Art, SUNY-New Paltz and University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Beck has a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf (Minn.) College
and a Master of Fine Arts from UW-Madison. His digital art and game design work
has been featured in the New York Times, Sculpture Magazine, National
Geographic and the journal Science, among others. He has had fellowships with
the National Park Service, Science Museum of Minnesota and Kimmel Harding Nelson
Center for the Arts.
Beck works with game design and development students.