Biography

Beth Amato-Fine Artist and Photographer

Bio

Born in 1971, Beth Amato remembers a much less technological world. Her world consisted of playing outside, listening to 45RPM records, coloring and eating non-microwaved foods (there were no microwaves!). As an only child, creativity became a necessary and welcome companion. Fortunately, her parents also welcomed her companion even if it occasionally involved a little mischief. Upon starting high school, Beth knew that her future involved art. She took basic art electives available at her public high school and built a portfolio. Applying to only two colleges, she was accepted to one and on a wait list for the other. Somewhat reluctantly, she enrolled at her second choice the following fall.

At 21, Beth knew deep down that something was missing in the direction of her life. While taking a computer science elective, she had to give a presentation on computer technology. It was during her research that she learned computers were being used in artistic ways, specifically animation. This was the life changing moment. Shortly after this course she visited Walt Disney World and learned that there were colleges teaching animation that Disney recruited from. In 1992, she took the leap and was accepted as a transfer student to Ringling College of Art and Design as a computer animation BFA candidate. During her tenure at Ringling, Beth apprenticed in a variety of artistic fields, including faux finishing, printing, sign making, teaching and magazine production all while holding down a steady course load of studio classes. She knows this adventure reinforced the fierce work ethic fostered in her formative years.

After graduating, the adventure continued. She honed her professional skills building government and commercial simulations, arcade games, post production and advertising before deciding on a drastic change. Having an affinity for photography for quite some time, she yearned to incorporate that with experimental projects she had been imagining for over a decade. In 2006 she embarked on a journey to blend her commercial and production experience with personal concepts and ideas in technique and content. A major milestone was reached for Beth in 2010, being accepted into a juried studio program for professional artists at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines. Studio 18 gave her the freedom and encouragement to explore the mediums that had been relegated to her spare time. She started receiving more requests to offer jewelry, which was previously a hobby. This inspired Beth to find ways to incorporate her visual art and photography on a much smaller scale. She enjoys the contrast of the smaller scale with her large scale installations on metal.

Beth shares that leaving the full-time advertising world was one of the scariest and best things to happen to her. “While it was a challenging transition, I learned a great deal about having confidence in my own voice. Something I had lost for a time communicating other people’s stories”. Her work now starts with her own story and that story is often woven through the entire process of making the art. Something as simple in appearance as a water drop or flower is very much a conscious capture of a moment in time that reaches back into her roots as an animator. “I constantly view life in frames now. It’s one of those things that, for me, once I got a glimpse behind the curtain I couldn’t go back. That is something I share in the art that I make, whether it is apparent or not, it’s there.

Artist Resume/Curriculum Vitae

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS…

2012 8th Annual Art Competition, Group Exhibition, Glass Gallery, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2012 Imagination Squared Pembroke Pines, Creative Response Experiment, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2012 Red Eye, Group Exhibition, ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2012 Art Takes Times Square, Group Exhibition, Times Square, New York City, New York
2012 Hooray for USA, Group Exhibition, Glass Gallery, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2012 Ribbons of Time, Group Exhibition, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2011 Island City Art Walk, Wilton Manors
2011 “Something Sweet”, Juried Exhibition, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2011 Small Works Show, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2011 “Glass Gallery Seventh Annual Art Competition”, Juried Exhibition, Glass Gallery, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2011 “Equinox 2011”, Juried Exhibition, Rossetti Gallery, Pompano Beach, Florida
2011 “Driven Art + Music Conference”, Juried Exhibition, Hard Rock Café, Hollywood, Florida
2010 “Real Built Brush Shoot”, Featured Artists Show, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines, Florida
2010 “Broward Art Guild 25th Anniversary Exhibition”, Juried Exhibition, Gallery Six, FortLauderdale, Florida
2010 “Human Image & Portrait Exhibition”, Juried Exhibition, Rossetti Gallery, PompanoBeach, Florida
2010 “Inaugural Show of Studio 18 Artists”, Studio 18, Pembroke Pines

AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS…
2011 Broward County Cultural Division, Creative Capital Professional Development Program-Grant Recipient
2010 Studio 18 in the Pines, Accepted by jury into resident studio program
2001 22nd Annual Telly Awards, Silver Commercial Winner-Zimmerman Partners Advertising
2001 22nd Annual Telly Awards, Silver Commercial Winner-Zimmerman Partners Advertising
1999 Photographer’s Forum, Best of College Photography Competition, Finalist Award and Honorable Mention
1996 Ringling College of Art and Design, Best of Ringling Award
1995 Ringling College of Art and Design, Best of Ringling Award

PUBLICATIONS…
2011 Creative Capital Professional Development Program artist selection announcement and press release
2011 “Ringling College’s Alumni Making Headlines”, Perspectives Magazine
2011 Driven Music + Art 1st Annual Conference Catalog
2011 “Carved wood, digital graphics among works at studio exhibit”, Sun-Sentinel
2011 “REAL, BUILT BRUSH and SHOOT in Pembroke Pines”, Pines Miramar Town Times
2010 “REAL, BUILT BRUSH SHOOT”, OCTV Pembroke Pines television interview
2010 “Meet the Artists of Studio 18”, Pembroke Pines official announcement and call
2010 “Pembroke Pines hosts reception for Studio 18 art colony”, Sun-Sentinel
1999 Photographer’s Forum, Best of College Photography Annual, Publication

EDUCATION…
2011 Certificate, Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute
2011 Certificate, Broward County Cultural Division, Creative Capital Professional Development Program Grant Recipient
1996 BFA Computer Animation, Ringling College of Art and Design
1992 BFA candidate Fine Art, Rhode Island College