DYLAN BECK is a studio artist and the Department Head of Ceramics and Digital Fabrication at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. He holds a BFA from Ohio University, a Post Baccalaureate Fellowship from Illinois State University, and a MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA. Dylan has exhibited and lectured extensively and has published articles in Ceramics: Art and Perception, CFile, and the NCECA Journal. Beck has served on the board of directors for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Artaxis.org, Kansas Artists and Craftsman Association, and The National Council on Education for Ceramic Arts (NCECA).
Born in rural southeastern Ohio, Dylan Beck spent his childhood living between small town Ohio, inner city Columbus, and the wooded Hocking Hills. These diverse environments had a major impact on how he interprets landscape. As a teenager Dylan worked for his father’s home construction business which directly informed his use of materials and understanding of the built environment. His artwork explores the interaction of human activities with the natural environment and the idea that we are currently living in the Anthropocene, where human activities have had a significant global impact on the Earth's ecosystems.