SAUL BECKER

Saul Becker co-founded Mutuus Studio in 2016. He leads the Mutuus Made Maker space which is  the research and development portion of the studio along with the public art projects and installations  part of  the studio.  Most recently, Saul received an Award of Excellence in Design from the Public Art  Design Commission in  New York City for an installation artwork in the new addition of the Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island.  

As a practicing fine artist with a background as a shipwright boat builder, Saul  designs  and fabricates the Mutuus line of lighting, hardware and objects and leads the Mutuus Made space in the recently expanded studio space. Saul grew up in Tacoma, Washington where you didn’t have nice things, you made nice things.   Saul's meticulous and hands-on approach to design brings craft and experimentation into our design process. 
 

Saul Becker also runs an active studio practice as a painter, printmaker, and sculptor obsessed with landscape. He  has had numerous solo shows at Horton Gallery in Chelsea, New York and has an upcoming exhibit at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.  His work has been exhibited at Zeiher Smith & Horton, Artists Space, the Horticultural Society of New York, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. 

 

Saul is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, residencies, and travel grants including a NYFA Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, Artist Trust Fellowship, The Artic Circle 2010 Expedition, and Gros Morne Artist Residency. His work has been published in  numerous of national publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, NY Arts Magazine, The Seattle Times and New American Paintings. He also serves as a board member for 4 Culture in Seattle. 

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AWARDS

2018  NYC Award of Excellence in Public Art. NYC Public Art Commission. 

 

2016   Acid Ball "Waypoint", Bellingham, WA competition winner

2016  "Aground, Adrift, Anew" Snug Harbor art Installation - invitational competition winner

2013     The Shandaken Project Residency, Shandaken, NY
2012     Artist Trust GAP Grant; Seattle, WA
2011     Steep Rock Arts Residency, Washington, CT
2011     Artist Trust Fellowship, Seattle, WA
2011     Spaceworks Tacoma Studio Residency, Tacoma, WA
2011     TAIP Tacoma Artists Initiative Program Grant, Tacoma, WA
2010     NYFA Fellowship in Painting, New York, NY
2010    L.I.A.E.P. Grant, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Kansas City, MO
2010     The Arctic Circle 2010 Expedition, Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen
2010     Gros Morne Artist in Residence, Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Canada
2008     Keyholder Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY
2005     Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, Richmond, VA
2005     Jurors Award, Unlocked: Open Exhibition 2005, Annandale, VA
2005     Residency, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE
2002     Artist Trust GAP Grant; Seattle, WA
2002     Washington State Arts Commission, Artist Resource Bank
2002     King County Arts Commission, Purchase Award; Seattle, WA
2001     Jurors Award, 2001 Fine Arts Competition, Phinney Center Gallery; Seattle, WA
1999     Effie May Ross Fellowship, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; Halifax, NS

PROJECTS

Snug Harbor Music Hall 

Artist installation commission for the new extension for the Snug Harbor Music Hall in Staten Island, NY.  

Exhibition: Cityscape: Surveying the Urban Biotope:  Plusquamperfekt 

A Plexiglas vitrene set within one of the Park’s gardens houses plant specimens that the artist has collected and then electroplated in a thin copper coating. The vitrene is lit from the base of the box through a layer of salt. This installation comes out of a body of work that explores idyllic representations of the landscape and post-industrial realities that surround us. 

01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA

Wunderkammer Artist installation sculpture piece installed at the San Jose airport. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
 

Pieces of Places

Oxbow Gallery, Seattle, WA 

Feb 16-March 24, 2017

An Unfamiliar Tide:
Chelsea - solo show 
Feb 19 – Mar 19, 2016

Science & Exploration
Chelsea
Sep 16 – Oct 22, 2011

Newfoundland
Lower East Side - solo show
Nov 19 – Dec 30, 2010

Slow Photography
Lower East Side
Sep 17 – Oct 11, 2009

Vistas and Vacant Lots
Chelsea - solo show
Jun 2 – Jul 11, 2009

Volta NY, Amnesia
Art Fairs - solo show 
Mar 5 – Mar 8, 2008

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