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John R. Van Beekum l March 14 l Wynwood

John R. Van Beekum
More Land Than People:
Life on the Texas High Plains

John R. Van Beekum | Reception: Saturday, March 14 | Wynwood

Exhibition on view:

March 10 - 29, 2015

Preview: Thursday, March 12, 2015 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 14, 2015 – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Alternate Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2015 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building
2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4
Miami, FL 33127


The University of Miami is pleased to present More Land Than People: Life on the Texas High Plains, a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by John R. Van Beekum. In this exhibition Van Beekum returns to his roots, as he explains: “Land dominates the everyday lives of the sparse population on the flat, arid Texas High Plains. Their very existence is continually shaped by the ground beneath their feet. As I walked around farms, workplaces, ranches, oil fields and homes, I marveled at the region’s rich light and detailed colors. They complemented the uplifting spirit, determined optimism and guarded wariness of a people in wait of what the next dawn would bring.” The digital high-resolution photography is presented in large scale archival prints.

A native of the Texas High Plains, Van Beekum has exhibited his fine art photography in juried national exhibitions in the United States since 2005. This is his first solo exhibition since he returned to creating personal documentary and non-objective photography after four decades of career photojournalism, working in Texas, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Miami. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Miami in 2012, he was accepted into the graduate program of UM’s College of Arts and Sciences where he is currently completing his Master of Fine Arts in Photography/Digital Imaging.

More Land Than People: Life on the Texas High Plains will be on view from March 10th - 29th, 2015 at the U of M Art Gallery located at the Wynwood Building, 2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4, Miami, FL 33127. A full schedule of exhibitions can be viewed at www.as.miami.edu/art. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10am to 6pm. *Hours may be subject to change, please call (305) 284-3161 to confirm times. Appointments and Private Tours available. For more information about the exhibition contact Milly Cardoso, Gallery Director at m.cardoso1@miami.edu.

Artist contact information:
John R. Van Beekum, j.vanbeekum@umiami.edu or http://morelandthanpeople.com/

Image credit: John R. Van Beekum. Thataway, Hart, Texas, 2013



University of Miami Art Gallery at the Wynwood Building,
2750 NW 3rd Avenue, Suite 4
Miami, FL 33127

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