From Volunteer to Curator,
Scott Beil Comes ‘Full Circle’


Scott Beil facilitating for James Lane, an
artist who has been with the program
from the beginning.

While studying arts education at The College of New Jersey, Scott Beil, who grew up in Chester, NJ, volunteered in Matheny's Arts Access Program during the summer. The West Morris Mendham High School graduate was so taken by the Arts Access concept that he trained to become a facilitator, eventually becoming studio manager. Arts Access enables people with disabilities to create fine art, assisted by professional artist-facilitators.

Beil, who now lives in Flanders, NJ, left Matheny in 2007 to join the Willow School in Gladstone, NJ, where he is art teacher, co-director of the middle school and an advisor. However, when Arts Access celebrates its 20th anniversary at Full Circle 2013: Reflections on Saturday, November 2, Beil will be returning as curator of the visual arts exhibit. A working artist whose paintings and drawings have been shown at galleries in New Jersey and New York City, Beil received the Somerset Cultural and Heritage Commission’s “Excellence in the Arts” award in 2007. He was recently accepted into the “Connecting Collections Program”, a prestigious summer institute for teachers from around the world, hosted by New York City’s top museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Whitney.

For Full Circle, Beil has chosen artwork that will “highlight as many of our artists as possible, focusing on the voices of both our current artists and many who have passed on and left their powerful artistic footprints behind.” In 1993 when Arts Access celebrated its 10th anniversary, Beil told the Daily Record (Nov.4, 2003)about his first impressions when he started volunteering. “There were so many unique personalities,” he said. “Everything is one-on-one – one facilitator to one artist. For that half hour they’re spending with you, they’re doing their art, and they’re just free to be themselves.” As he prepares for Full Circle, he says he is “deeply honored for the opportunity to put this show together, and it is my deepest intention to respectfully highlight the strong caliber of work that our artists have quietly been creating upon this little hill in Peapack over the past 20 years.”

Full Circle will be held from 3-6 p.m. in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center at Matheny. In addition to the visual arts exhibit, there will be a multi-media showcase featuring original work by the Arts Access artists in such disciplines as dance, drama, poetry and prose. U.S. Congressman Leonard Lance is the Full Circle honorary chair.

For more information or to order tickets, which are $30, call (908) 234-0011,ext. 260, or email pcats@matheny.org.

 

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