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1998 MFA: Sculpture. Central Washington University. Ellensburg, WA 1995 BFA: Sculpture. Sonoma State University. Rohnert Park, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2015 Multiples. Blasted Pop-Up Art Gallery. Santa Rosa, CA 2012 One Another One. Quicksilver Mine Co. Forestville, CA 2008 Pretty Sure. Merced College. Merced, CA 2007 Secret Lick. Quicksilver Mine Co. Forestville, CA

2006 Undercurrent. Morris Graves Museum of Art. Eureka, CA 2005 Surfacing. Tangerine Gallery. Ukiah, CA 2001 Depending on the Wall. Bush Barn Art Center. Salem, OR 2001 Mechanical Solutions/Organic Dilemmas. Linfield College. McMinnville, OR 2000 Sculpture. Southern Oregon University. Ashland, OR

2, 3, and 4 Person Exhibitions

2012 Beards, Black, & Lustufka. Phantom IV Gallery. Windsor, CA 2008 Chris Beards & Diza Hope. Willits Center for the Arts. Willits, CA 2006 Chris Beards & Robert Herrick. Napa Valley College. Napa, CA 2005 Beards, Harris, Krikl, & Oakes. Western Oregon University. Monmouth, OR 2003 Nancy McHone & Chris Beards. Willits Center for the Arts. Willits, CA 2003 Clayton Merril & Chris Beards. 1078 Gallery. Chico, CA 2002 Four Artists Four Directions. Sanchez Art Center. Pacifica, CA 2002 Jimin Lee & Chris Beards. Monterey Pennisula College. Monterey, CA 2002 Beards, Christensen, Jonasson. MatrixArts.

Sacramento, CA 2002 Beards, Grossman, Wilson. American River College. Sacramento, CA 2001 Chris Beards & Melinda Meeker. Gaurdino Gallery. Portland, OR 2000 Beards, Lancia, Wilkoff. Chemeketa Community College. Salem, OR 2000 Beards & Van Rostyne. Clatsop Community College. Astoria, OR

Group Exhibitions

2015 Group Exhibit. Paul Mahder Gallery. Healdsburg, CA 2015 Nocturne. Arts Alliance Gallery. Cloverdale, CA 2015 Metamorphisis. Chroma Gallery. Santa Rosa, CA 2015 Anything Goes. Graton Gallery. Graton, CA 2015 Small Works. Chroma Gallery. Santa Rosa, CA 2014 Seventeen. Hammerfriar Gallery. Healdsburg, CA 2014 Bibliophoria III, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2013 Punch Invitational. Punch Gallery. Seattle, WA 2013 Juried Show. Hammerfriar Gallery. Healdsburg, CA 2013 California Sculpture Slam. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. San Luis Obispo, CA 2013 Up, Up & Away. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2013 Untitled. Gallery 300. Santa Rosa, CA 2013 Small Works. Graton Gallery. Graton, CA 2012 Slice: A Cross Section of Regional Art. Pence Gallery. Davis, CA. Juror's Third Place Award 2012 The Last Hurrah. Quicksilver Mine Co. Forestville, CA 2012 Forward. Hammerfriar Gallery. Healdsburg, CA 2012 Face Me. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA. Juror's Merit Award 2011 Memento Mori. Modern Eden Gallery. San Francisco, CA 2011 Boxed In: A Small Works Show. Quicksilver Mine Co. Forestville, CA 2011 Off the Beaten Track: Unpredictable Landscapes of Mendocino County. ACMC Gallery. Ukiah, CA 2011 Bibliophoria II. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2011 Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden Sculpture Gallery. Fort Bragg, CA. (June 2011 - April 2012) 2010 Speaking of Solitude. Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Novato, CA 2010 National Juried Exhibition. Haggin Museum. Stockton, CA. Richard H. Reynolds Sculpture Award 2010 H2O. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2010 National Juried Exhibition. ACCI Gallery. Berkeley, CA. Juror's Award of Excellence 2009 100% Compostable. ArtSpace404. Santa Rosa, CA 2009 Bibliophoria. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2009 Artists of Inland Mendocino County. Corner Gallery. Ukiah, CA 2009 Textile. Milk and Honey Art Gallery. Mill Valley, CA 2008 Innovations in Fiberarts IV. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2008 Assemblage. Gallery 25. Fresno, CA 2007 Call for Small. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA. Best of Show 2007 Beyond the 80s. Gallery One. Ellensburg, WA 2006 Innovations in Fiberarts III. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA 2006 Catch-22. Pro Arts Gallery. Oakland, CA 2006 Bakers Dozen: 13 Bay Area Artists. Quicksilver Mine Co. Forestville, CA 2005 2,3,4...Art in Series. Plaza Arts Gallery. Healdsburg, CA 2005 Rivers & Bridges. Laredo Community College. Laredo, TX 2005 Members' Showcase. Berkeley Art Center. Berkeley, CA 2004 Sculpture Exhibit. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Sacramento, CA. Best of Show 2004 Line in Art. Willits Center for the Arts. Willits, CA 2004 Bold Expressions. Sacramento Fine Arts Center. Sacramento, CA. Ferrario Award 2004 Textures. Plaza Arts Gallery. Healdsburg, CA 2004 Juried Summer Show. Mendocino Art Center. Mendocino, CA. Juror's Second Place Award

2003 Sculpture. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Sebastopol, CA. Award 2002 73rd Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. Crocker Museum of Art. Sacramento, CA 2001 3-D: Eleven California Sculptors. San Francisco State University. San Francisco, CA 2000 Open Walls. Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Portland, OR 1999 Juried Art Exhibit. Allied Arts Gallery. Yakima, WA. Award 1999 3rd Annual National Sculpture Exhibition. The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts. New Castle, PA 1999 18th Annual Juried Exhibition. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Santa Ana, CA

2014 “Meet Sonoma County Artist Chris Beards” Satri Pencak.

2013 “Pioneer Art Walk in the Third Dimension” Claire Reiner. monika-dalkin-pioneer- square-galleries/

2013 "Shaping Contemporary Sculpture on the Central Coast" Sarah Linn. san-luis-obispo-museum- of-art.html

2012 “Chris Beards: One Another One" Satri Pencak. 2009 "Artists of Inland Mendocino County" Ree Slocum. Blurb Books. page 12-13 2009 ArtSpace404 blog. 2008 Turning Wheel Magazine. Summer/Fall. page 12

2008 “It's Magic”, Linda Williams. The Willits News. September 3 2008 “Art That Clicks”, Donald Munro. The Fresno Bee. June 22 2006 Amy Stewart 2005 "Still Life in Motion", Fae Woodward. The Willits News. August 26 2002 "Four Artists Four Directions", Emmanuel Williams. Pacifica Tribune. November 6 2002 "Voltaic Age Beauty", Jackson Griffith. Sacramento News and Review. April 25 2001 "Art Gallery Opens in 3D", Carolyn Sy Quito. Golden Gate Express. September 13 2001 "Alberta Streetwise", Bob Hicks. The Oregonian. May 11 2001 "Portland Artist to Show Sculptures at Linfield", McMinnville News-Register. March 1 2000 "Ambiguity Appeals to Artist", Ron Cowan. Statesman Journal. March 30 1999 "Get It?", Matt Cooper. Yakima Herald-Republic. June 19

“You’ll always have the memory,” is not quite true. Current scientific thought informs us that each time we remember something it is re-filed as a new memory. Over time, like a photocopy of a photograph, the details drift and what we remember may have no basis in “fact” – and we aren’t even aware of it. It feels like the memory is true, but most likely what we remember is not the actuality. Information and nuance are lost to the processes of the mind. We can’t help it. The inner story of our lives becomes a narrative of increasing smoothness.

The works featured in And After are an exploration of our imprecise perception and retention of the past. They do not depict the specific memory of an instance. They function as skeletons, guideposts, or mental armatures supporting a thin web of memories replayed many times. They speak of remembrance, giving form to the idea of memory. Physical things that harken to the totems that wash ashore in our interior landscape like time-tumbled driftwood or bones, stripped of the living layers and relegated to reminders of what once was.

My mom died in late 2013. A line was drawn in my life: before, and after. Even as I experienced it, I was conscious of how my memories would fade, and it broke my heart. We can’t hold on, no matter how we wish we could. I had lost her and would continue to do so for the rest of my life. After she died I stopped making work for over six months.

My prior work had been an investigation of multiples, pattern, and repetition, and how order could be created or subverted. But now, that work felt distant and too cooly cerebral. There was no order, no meaning – only turmoil and upset, uncertainty and grief. The idea of art was painful. To capture what I was experiencing, I needed randomness and less control over the final form; a raw and more physically expressive approach.

The sheer physicality of fabricating this work, the sweaty, active interplay between me and the metal, is important to its formation. The steel underlying these works has been pounded, twisted, bent, smashed, torqued, wrestled, wrenched, hammered, beaten, coaxed, cut, folded, torn, riveted, welded. There is no undoing a smashed metal tube or crumpled sheet metal. The memory of the action is impressed into its physical presence.

The surfaces of these works consist of layers of torn paper and glue, which soften and smooth the form – encasing, blending, and preserving it. These layers of paper and glue create a distance from the raw physicality of the making. There were monotonous days of sitting, applying strips of dipped-in-glue brown paper one by one. It was with feelings of amazement that I watched the paper skin slowly envelope the raw steel and turn it into something that had never existed before. Then came hours of sanding and coloring. I’ve touched every inch of this work multiple times. The surface has been polished smooth and soft through frequent handling, like the effect of time upon memory.

There is grief, and fear, love, frustration and release in this work, and also the joy of creation and of coming to terms with inevitable change. There is a forgivingness here. A letting go and accepting what comes next. The human mind softens the past, dulling the sharp edges and painful thorns. The acute immediacy of now has passed, and that has receded into then. A rosy glow permeates the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. The colors of Fall emerge to place the memories far enough away that they can be re-lived with an air of nostalgia, a mourning for then and when; a quiet narrative told through worn textures and colors.

What I remember the memory to be – memory of the memory of the memory –