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Beth Lo, Professor

Ceramics & Drawing

email: elizabeth.lo@umontana.edu
phone: 406.243.5893
office: Art Annex 129
website: www.bethlo.com

Bio

Beth Lo was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to parents who had recently immigrated from China. She studied Art under Rudy Autio and assumed his job as Professor of Ceramics when he retired in 1985. She has exhibited her work internationally, and has received numerous awards including The University of Montana Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2006, a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship Grant in 1994, the Montana Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 1989, and an American Craft Museum Design Award in 1986.  Beth was selected as one of the 2009 USA Fellows for United States Artists, a four-year-old organization, which includes supporters such as the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Prudential Foundation, and the Rasmuson Foundation.

Artist Statement

My work in ceramics and mixed media collage revolves primarily around issues of family and my Asian-American background. Cultural marginality and blending, tradition and Westernization, language and translation are key elements in my work. Since the birth of my son in 1987, I have been drawing inspiration from major events in my family’s history, the day-to-day challenges of parenting, and my own childhood memories of being raised in a minority culture in the United States.

Teaching Philosophy

In my teaching I am most interested in guiding the student to find a creative voice that is both satisfying and meaningful. Student needs vary, ranging from technical skills to exposure to new ideas, a better work ethic, a positive attitude, and always lots of practice. It is not necessary to me for a student to define art but rather to recognize art and strive for it. Art often happens when work becomes the same thing as play.

Education

MFA University of Montana 1974
BGS University of Michigan 1971
Additional studies: Eastern Michigan University winter1972; SUNY Alfred summer 1971