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 Valerie Beller  (1965 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois      Known for: abstraction

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BIOGRAPHY for Valerie Beller
1965 (San Antonio, Texas)

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Valerie Beller grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and was always creatively inclined- drawing, studying ballet, singing and playing musical instruments. In her childhood, she traveled internationally on various excursions with her family, and as an adult, spent time in Asia and traveled extensively in Europe. She lived in Spain for nine months and is fluent in Spanish. Currently, she resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.


In 1987, Valerie Beller received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied painting and drawing with Frances Barth, John Newman and Ursula Schneider. While still an undergraduate, she studied painting, printmaking and filmmaking briefly at the San Francisco Art Institute in an intensive summer program. In 1989, Beller moved to Chicago for graduate school at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her graduate painting advisors included Susanna Coffey, Jim Lutes, Susanne Doremus, and Jim Nutt, amongst others. She received her MFA in 1991.


Reproduction of SLATE, "Art Chicago 2002" Catalog, p. 55

2003 Reproduction of IO, "Chicago Life", Advertising Supplement to the New York Times, Spring 2003

2002 Kevin Williams, "Approachable Art in Chicago is No Illusion," Chicago Tribune, August 2002, p. 14

1999 John Brunetti, review, "New Art Examiner"

1998 Barbara B. Buchholz. "Valerie Beller's Paintings Build on an Abstract Expressionist Base,"ChicagoTribune(March 27, 1998) section 7, p. 60.

Exhibitor, "New American Paintings: Juried Exhibitions in Print", August 1998, The Open Studios Press, Wellesley, PA

Ann Weins. "Layered Looks," Chicago Magazine (April 1998).

Ann Weins. "New City", Vol. 13, no. 513 (April 9, 1998).

Kevin Williams. "Vacation on Canvas: Visiting a Beller State of Mind," Chicago Sun-Times (February 13, 1998) p. 26

1995 Mark Swartz. "Beauty of the Double Helix," Chicago Reader (September 22, 1995)

1993 Steven Luecking. "Emerging Chicago Abstraction," Dialogue: Arts in the Midwest, (May-June 2003) p. 22


2000 University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1999 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1995 Kay Garvey Gallery, Chicago, IL
1994 Rena Sternberg Fine Arts, Glencoe, IL

National Museum of Women in the Arts Atrium Exhibition, Olympia Center, Chicago, IL
Remembrance, curated by Myla Wray, Oak Park Art League, Oak Park, IL
Group Show, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Art Chicago 2003, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002 Contemporary Visions of Nature, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago 2002, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
2001 Reflections: 15th Anniversary Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago 2001, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Painting Without a Mouse, LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2000 Art Chicago 2000, Navy Pier, Chicago, IL
Chicago Collectors Select: Absolut Vision V, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1999 Spring Art Auction, Evanston Arts Center, Evanston, IL
Primary Colors, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
1998 "A Slice of Chicago: Eight Chicago Artists", Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Those Who Do, Teach, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1997 Pink, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1996 Cellular Levels: Johanna Yerby, Valerie Beller, M.J. Loftus, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL
1995 Painting: Processes and Strategies, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Wanderlust...Abstraction in Chicago, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Venus Blue Benefit, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
Much Ado About Art, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
14th Annual St. Valentine's Exhibition and Benefit Auction, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago Abstract Painters, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL
1994 Group Exhibition, Kay Garvey Gallery, Chicago, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
Group Exhibition, Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
10,000 Plus, Alumni Board Room, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1993 Summer Salon, Sazama Gallery, Chicago, IL
Emerging Chicago Abstraction, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL
Faculty Exhibition, Marwen Foundation, Chicago, IL
1992 Bi-State Regional Art Showcase, Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Migration, The Dome Room, Chicago, IL
Through the Looking Glass, Contemporary Art Center of Arlington, Arlington Heights, IL
1991 Self Storage, Prairie Avenue Gallery, Chicago, IL
Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL
New Talent II, Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago, IL
Clean/Messy, Gallery MWMWM, Chicago, IL

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