Beth Reitmeyer was born in Colorado Springs, CO and raised in Louisville, KY. She moved to Chicago to attend The School of the Art Institute (Post Baccalaureate program 1995) and Northwestern University (MFA 1998). She also studied at Penn State University (BFA 1994). Her vibrantly colorful, pattern-based installations and artwork have been exhibited extensively in both solo and group shows around the United States. Her work has recently been exhibited at Zg Gallery, Chicago ; Feature Inc., New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; The Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, IL; goldenPARACHUTES, Berlin; and Kentucky Library and Museum, Bowling Green, KY. Reitmeyer aims to collapse the distance between the artwork and the viewer by engulfing the viewer with art similar to what one encounters in everyday life. Beth lived in Chicago for 15 years, but has recently returned to Kentucky. She currently teaches in Western Kentucky University’s Department of Art and lives in Bowling Green, KY. She is represented by Zg Gallery in Chicago, IL.
During this session, Beth is also the lead artist and instructor for a group of students enrolled in Western Kentucky University’s Study Away program. Three students will be receiving course credit for their participation in “Props & Drops,” a special residency group brought together to design and create the decor used for the annual Ragdale Ring Gala. Throughout the 18-day residency, students will be introduced to various communities that exist within the art world: artists, residencies, galleries, museums, collectors, and viewers. The majority of their studio time will be spent making art objects, with day trips taken into Chicago for educational site visits.