BFA,Washington University; MFA, California Institute of the Arts
Over her three-decade career, Ericka Beckman’s playful yet formally demanding films challenge traditional aesthetic, and cultural values, that mix games with fairytales to create hybrids with new rules. Beckman uses play in every sense to shape her message.
Beckman’s work has been shown at festivals, museums, and galleries around the world. Her one-woman shows include: the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, Washington,D.C., and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. She has been in three Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Amongst the numerous awards received for her work are: Two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two New York State Council on the Arts grants, and one from Massachusetts Council on the Arts.
Her works are in the film collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, plus the British Film Institute, as well as The Walker Art Center Media Collection.
B.A. Columbia University; M.F.A. Massachusetts College of Art
Nancy Salzer’s documentary films and experimental-doc videos have shown at museums, festivals, and universities around the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe. Venues include the Margaret Mead Film Festival, American Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard Film Archives. Nancy’s early film, Survival of a Small City, examined the impact of “revitalization” and gentrification on one urban neighborhood. Showings of her more recent work, Excerpts from the Mother Tapes, include the Harvard Film Archives (“Short and Edgy”), 21st Century Motherhood conference (University of Houston), Mothering, Law, Politics and Public Policy (York University), Family, Kinship and Cultural Studies (Kansas State), and “Motherhood and the Nation-State” (NEH Humanities Seminar/Stanford University). Video installation exhibitions of The Mother Tapes include Wellesley College and the Trustman Art Gallery of Simmons College. Nancy has received fellowships & grants from the Bunting Institute (now Radcliffe Institute), the Andrew Mellon Foundation, AFI, NEA, New Jersey and New York Humanities Councils, among others, and was awarded a 2011 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellowship