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Beckie Kravetz has been a professional mask-maker and sculptor for more than 30 years. She studied at the Yale School of Drama; El Taller de Madera in Guatemala; the Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico; with master mask maker Donato Sartori at the Centro Maschere e Strutture Gestuali, Padua, Italy; and with Julie Taymor and Ralph Lee. In 1989, Beckie became the resident mask-maker for the Los Angeles Opera, where for 23 years she was assistant wig master and a principal makeup artist. Her masks have been seen in New York stage productions at Classic Stage Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theater, and Lincoln Center Institute: in Los Angeles at Ziggurat Theatre, Towne Street Theater, and LA Opera; at Santa Fe Opera; Opera Roanoke; Double Edge Theater (Massachusetts); Yale University, and at Bryn Mawr, Williams, and Hunter Colleges. Beckie’s masks have also appeared in Disney Studio’s The Haunted Mansion, and in international commercials for Max Factor, Pepsi, and Nike featuring Madonna, Michael Jackson, and Charles Barkley.
Following her first solo mask exhibition at Roark Gallery in Los Angeles, Beckie’s work evolved into sculpting heads, busts and full figures in ceramic, bronze and mixed media. Her solo exhibitions include the Barn Gallery (Lenox, MA), The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Los Angeles), Gallery 10 (Scottsdale, AZ), Downey Gallery (Santa Fe), Tansey Contemporary (Santa Fe), MAP Gallery (Easthampton, MA), Tansey Gallery (Tucson), and Hathaway Gallery (Oneonta, NY). Group shows include the Springfield (Massachusetts) Museum of Fine Arts, the Gallery at Lincoln Center Library (New York), The Metropolitan Opera, Tucson Museum of Art’s Arizona Biennial, the Jewish Community Museum (San Francisco), Shidoni (Santa Fe), Mind’s Eye Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ), and the Torpedo Factory (Alexandria, VA).
Beckie’s work is on permanent display at El Museo de Títeres in Cádiz, Spain, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. She has received grants from several Massachusetts cultural councils, the National Education Association, the California Arts Council, the Arizona Arts Commission, and from private foundations. She has taught mask-making to students of all ages, including adults with disabilities, at-risk teens, and homeless women.
Beckie Kravetz lives in western Massachusetts with her husband, journalist and author Alan Weisman.
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