Amy Beecher


Visual Arts


B.A. Brown University, 2006
M.F.A., Yale University School of Art, 2010

At Marlboro Since


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“My approach to painting is expansive, and includes collaborative work in digital imaging, installation, and sound,” says Amy Beecher, who came to Marlboro from Providence College, where she was a special lecturer of design. “In turn, my training as a painter informs all of my work, and I prioritize plasticity, color, and framing no matter the medium I employ.” Amy’s teaching reflects her interdisciplinary artistic practice, and includes—in addition to courses in painting, drawing, and digital media—interdisciplinary seminars in media and gender studies.

Teaching Philosophy

As an instructor and mentor, Amy combines rigorous skill development with differentiated, self-directed learning. “Marlboro’s culture of art as a process informed by craft, play, reflection, and contextual awareness echoes my own artistic and pedagogical views,” she says. A differentiated approach to final projects allows students to build an individualized bridge between their interests, past experiences, and the course material. “The notion of teaching students with a wide range of aesthetic, thematic, and technical interests is well-aligned with my experience and expertise.”

Scholarly Activities

As a recent fellow in interdisciplinary art at the MacDowell Colony, Amy worked on a project that offers critical revisions of Cathy Guisewite’s Cathy comic series in drawing, text, and sound. A recent exhibition at Providence College, titled tbh, included an interdisciplinary panel on humor, feminist performance art, and self-image, and she also had a recent solo show at GRIN in Providence, Rhode Island. Outside of the studio, Amy contributes to Big Red Shiny, a Boston-based art criticism website, and Art Handler, a magazine dedicated to labor relations in the art world.

Sponsored Plans

Home, belonging

Hava Toobian, 2019


NEH Grant Supports Local History

Marlboro College is pleased to be part of a local consortium that was awarded a $150,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to share the Brattleboro area’s rich literary history.

New Faculty Members Enliven the Arts

Visual artist Amy Beecher joins Marlboro from Providence College, where she was a special lecturer of design, while writer Bronwen Tate comes to Marlboro after teaching in Stanford University’s interdisciplinary critical-thinking program, Thinking Matters.