Artist, poet, folk singer, creative thinker and teacher. Congratulations Albert Beck, a recipient of a 2018 George M. Irwin Lifetime Achievement Award!
Professor Emeritus Al Beck taught in the Fine Arts Department of Culver-Stockton College (C-SC) from 1968 - 1996. He then served as the Artist in Residence until 2009. In addition to his work at C-SC, during his 40+ year career as an educator, Mr. Beck taught at John Wood Community College, at the primary and secondary school levels in northeastern Ohio, and served as Dean of Students for the Kansas City Arts Institute.
He is proud of the fact that in all his years of teaching, he never gave a test. Students were responsible for assessing their work - a valuable lesson in accountability, according to one of his former students.
Mr. Beck served in the Korean War, has published 29 poetry books and has written on a multitude of other topics including art, education, music and history.
Mr. Beck is an inaugural member of the C-SC Division of Fine Arts Hall of Fame. He was recognized as one of the 2000 Outstanding Writers of the 20th century by the International Biographical Centre in England.
He has received numerous art awards and prizes throughout his career for clay, glass, paper casting, painting, and design. In 2004, Mr. Beck was listed in both the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers as well as the Who's Who of Poetry. In 2006, he received the Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry: International Library of Poetry; and in 2007, he received second place in the 15th Annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition in Missouri.
Mr. Beck's artwork and poetry have been featured in more than 40 different galleries and museums in the United States, Japan, Canada, France, and India. At 87 years old, he continues to write and inspire others with his wit, enthusiasm, and unique perspective of the world we live in.
Mr. Beck was nominated by C-SC graduates Heath Richmond and Jill Arnold-Blickhan. A certificate was presented to Mr. Beck at Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, where he resides, on April 4, 2018. A trophy will be presented at the Arts Quincy's Annual Meeting on April 11, 2018 at the Oakley-Lindsay Center. The award is in recognition of a lifetime of vision, passion, and dedication to educating and inspiring visual arts.
To view a list of previous George Irwin Award winners, click here.