Mary Beebe - Philipp Scholz-Rittermann

Mary L. Beebe: Director:Stuart Collection, University of California

Since its inception in l981, Mary Livingstone Beebe has been the Director of the Stuart Collection, an ongoing program commissioning outdoor sculpture for the 1200-acre campus at the University of California, San Diego. Major works have been completed by Terry Allen, Michael Asher, John Baldessari, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jackie Ferrara, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Richard Fleischner, Tim Hawkinson, Jenny Holzer, Robert Irwin, Barbara Kruger, Elizabeth Murray, Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik, Alexis Smith, Kiki Smith, and William Wegman. The collection has received considerable national and international recognition. A book documenting the first 20 years of the collection: Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego, was published in 2001 by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. Prior to moving to San Diego, Mary Beebe was Director for nine years of the Portland Center for the Visual Arts in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she worked at the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Beebe graduated from Bryn Mawr College and attended the Sorbonne University in Paris. Beebe serves on numerous boards and committees. She has lectured widely and served on many panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and as juror or advisor for public art projects across the country and in Europe

Question #1 What is your highlight Visual art experience from the last year?

#1 "Installation of a major Barbara Kruger work, ANOTHER, at the UCSD Price Center East, the 17th work in the Stuart Collection of outdoor sculpture and installations for the UCSD campus."

Question #2 What is your vision of the future of the Visual arts for San Diego?

#2 "More financial support, of course. Better public art down town. More non-franchise galleries. Higher quality architecture everywhere."