Rick Beck earned his Bachelors degree in Art and went on to Southern Illinois University where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree with a specialty in glass.
Between 1991 and 1994 Rick was Instructor and Artist in Residence at the Penland School of Crafts, NC. He also served as a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State, and Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Center for Crafts, TN.
In 1995 Rick was awarded a SAF/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship.
Rick Beck started working in glass in 1978 and established a studio
with his wife Valerie in rural North Carolina in 1991.
In 1991, Rick & Valerie were among only 100 glass artists selected from among thousands by the Corning Museum of Glass to be published in the prestigious New Glass Review 12. Since 1992, the Beck’s work has been featured six times in American Craft Magazine, as well as Glass Magazine.
His work is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout the world, including Dutton Lainson Company; Federal Reserve Bank, NC; Glasmuseum, Denmark; Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, WI; Mint Museum, NC; Johnson Wax Corporate Collection; and McDonalds’ Corporate Collection.