Biography

BIO
Becca Van K (b. 1991) is a mixed-media fiber artist based in New York’s Catskill Mountains. She has exhibited widely in the Hudson Valley & Capital Regions, and firmly believes in art as a conduit for community support/engagement. She is a 2021 recipient of a NYSCA Decentralization Grant through Greene County Council on the Arts and a 2020 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts  “Keep NYS Creating” Grant.  She has recently participated in exhibitions at Columbia College (Columbia, MO), ArtPort Kingston (Kingston, NY), and Collar Works (Troy, NY). Torn between city nightlife and the woods of the Catskills, she’d only leave New York if there were techno clubs in the desert. She has climbed all 35 of the tallest peaks in the Catskills and doesn’t know what to do next.

ARTIST STATEMENT
My artistic spirit is committed to tenderness, reverence, generosity, and humor. I draw inspiration from the natural world, 80s/90s graphics and nostalgia, house/techno music, and the concept of comfort. I weave a collective blanket of meditation in the repetitive acts of handcraft, walking, and listening to techno. I enter a nurturing and otherwise inaccessible headspace when I engage in these repetitive acts, which translates to works that are infused with care and personality. 

Consistently vacillating between the realm of craft and fine art, my practice utilizes needlepoint, latch hook rug making, and macrame. These largely overlooked techniques are a map of my self-taught and mother-taught experiences. I take pride in the time-consuming nature of this work, and aim to create pieces that subvert conventional notions about the functions of handcraft. 

I make a diverse range of objects which includes needlepoint landscapes, fake plant sculptures, textile-covered furniture, handmade rugs, and upcycled textile collage. I exhibit my work in various forms, with a passion for immersive tactile installations of my soft sculpture, furniture, and wall works. The joy of my viewers is at the center of my practice.

SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2022
Solo exhibition, Office Space Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT (forthcoming)
2021
Some Soft Thoughts, Window on Hudson, Hudson, NY (forthcoming December)
The Freeing of the Waters, with Thomas A. Clark, Incident Report, Hudson, NY
2020
Always new people to meet, HiLo, Catskill, NY
Art is Art: Mark Colyer, Christopher Fitzwater, Becca Van K, tANJA gRUNERT Salon, Hudson, NY
It’s a party, Smallbany Gallery, Albany, NY
2019
We’ve never met before today with Andrew Phillip Cortes, Sou’wester Lodge, Seaview, WA
Comfort Zone immersive installation with Christin Ripley, 24-HOUR DRONE, Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY
2018     
i'm here for you, solo exhibition, HiLo, Catskill, NY
Plush Zone with Christin Ripley, No Theme Performance Festival, Cocoon Gallery at the Cunneen-Hackett Art Center,
Poughkeepsie, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021
Embellishing the Truth, curated by Morgan Everhart, The Yard: City Hall Park, New York, NY
Art Fair 14C, (with Office Space Gallery), Jersey City, NJ
Reshaping Reality, Shaping Unreality, Artfare.com, curated by Caru Albuquerque
Wall Power, tANJA gRUNERT Salon, Hudson, NY
ReDesign, curated by Bethanie Irons, Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
2020
Let the Good Times Roll, ArtPort Kingston, Kingston, NY
HOLIDAY, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
100 Nights, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
SpaceLAB, curated by Julie Torres and Ellen Letcher, Collar Works, Troy, NY
Emily Ritz: Feeling Myself, tANJA gRUNERT Salon, Hudson, NY
Carnival of the Animis, curated by Richard Saja, One Mile Gallery (Artsy), Kingston, NY
In Union, Remotely, The Shaker Museum website, New Lebanon, NY
Reciprocal Zine Exchange, curated by River Wharton and Katie Ford, via mail
2019
Big Holiday Show, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
Young Hudson Biennial (in collaboration with L’il Debs Oasis), September Gallery, Hudson, NY
feel me, curated by Kelsey Renko, Collar Works, Troy, NY
Earthly Delights, curated by Susan Jennings, Julie Torres, and Ellen Letcher, The Re Institute, Millerton, NY
Lobster Dinner: A Show of Small Works, curated by Will Hutnick, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Pocket Object, curated by Noel Morical, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago, IL
Reality Hunger, curated by Ken Habarta, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
GATHER, curated by Elizabeth Ibarra and Casey Taylor, ARTBAR Gallery, Kingston, NY
Scintilla Art Box Project, curated by Sarah Swist, Hastings College, Hastings, NE
2018
Afterimage, PARADICE PALASE, Brooklyn, NY
Chain Chain Chain, curated by Maxwell Taylor-Milner, Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson, NY
Spatial Oddities, curated by Julie Torres, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY
Small Works, curated by Sharon Louden, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY     
Cave Castle: Dish Rag Magazine Launch, Monk Space, Los Angeles, CA
Being Alive, curated by Kelsey Renko and Michael Valiquette, The Church, Troy, NY
Medium Mode Range, curated by Chelsea Cater, Vicki Island's Dollhouse, Newburgh, NY
2017      
Patricia Field ArtFashion Show, Joe's Garage, Catskill, NY
The Bright Future Group Show, Basilica Hudson, Hudson, NY
chashama 2017 Gala, 4 Times Square, New York, NY
Stop and Smell the Roses, curated by Becca Van K and Elbert Perez, The Mothership, Woodstock, NY
Emerging Artists, curated by Tim Slowinski, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

PUBLIC PROJECTS
2021
Columbia Land Conservancy needlepoint project, Warren Street outside Enkyu Shop, Hudson, NY

RESIDENCIES AND AWARDS
2021
Greene County Council on the Arts (CREATE) NYSCA Decentralization Grant
2020
NYSCA/New York Foundation for the Arts “Keep NYS Creating” Grant
Yellowstone Forever/Yellowstone National Park Landis Artist-in-Residence, Gardiner, MT (cancelled due to COVID-19)
Hudson Arts Emergency Grant, Hudson, NY
Art Show International “Landscape” Contest Finalist
Greene County Council on the Arts (CREATE) Artist Emergency Fund, Catskill, NY
2019
Shell House Arts Winter Artist Residency, Roxbury, NY
Sou’wester Lodge Artist Residency (in conjunction with exhibition), Seaview, WA
2018     
Sou'wester Lodge Artist Residency, Seaview, WA
Drop Forge & Tool Artist Residency, Hudson, NY

EDUCATION
2013       
B.A. in Art History, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY