Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary design, craft, and sculpture to create objects that alter viewers’ expectations of and interface with the domestic landscape. Her work is in the many collections, including; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design, The Fuller Craft Museum, The Currier Museum of Art, The Greg Museum of Art, The Driehaus Museum, The Columbus Museum, The Metal Museum and the cities of Portland Maine, Cambridge Massachusetts, Arlington Virginia, University of Maine and Davidson Colleges. She holds an undergraduate degree from Maine College of Art and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy where she was the 2017 Sabbatical replacement for Resident Artist/Professor in the 3D Design Department. Beer has held numerous residencies including at the Penland School of Crafts, Museum of Glass, Pilchuck and the Wingate Artist Residencies at Purchase College, San Diego State University and UW-Madison. She was a 2014 recipient of a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, the 2016 winner of the Ellen Degeneres’ Design Challenge and was name named a 2017 USA fellow. She exhibits, lectures and teaches workshops through the US.
Profile Type: Artist