Beth Galston‘s architectural-scale environments explore the interplay of light and space. For over twenty years she has built a diverse body of work including sculptural installations and objects, large scale public sculptures and collaborative multi-media performances. Using a range of media — resin, glass, metal mesh, natural materials, lights, electronics — she creates multilayered spaces through which viewers move and interact. Whether outdoors, in a gallery or in the theater, her sculptures create a sense of place, a moment of magic or transformation.
Beth was born in Los Angeles and lives in Carlisle, MA. She received a Master's degree in environmental art from MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, where she was also a Fellow for five years. Her installations have been exhibited nationally, including Wave Hill, NYC; Yeshiva University Museum, NYC; Lehman College Gallery of Art, NYC; Institute of Contemporary Art, ME; Currier Gallery of Art, NH; Nelson Atkins Museum, MO; DeCordova Museum, MA; Rose Art Museum, MA; Pittsfield Museum, MA; and MIT Museum, MA. Galston has recently created a large-scale luminous environment using LEDs and translucent resin forms cast from nature for Cynthia-Reeves Gallery, NYC, where she is represented.
Her major public works include: "Colorwalk," a sculpture of colored glass for an eighty-foot-long pedestrian walkway at the Mesa Arts Center, AZ; "Thunderbird Bridge," a vehicular bridge for an eight lane freeway in Phoenix, AZ; and "Tree/House," an outdoor architectural sculpture at Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC.
Galston is the recipient of numerous awards, including a two-year fellowship from the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe, an NEA InterArts award, a Massachusetts Artists Fellowship in Sculpture, and residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, and Sculpture Space, Inc. She was a nominee for the 2010 James and Audrey Foster Prize at the ICA/Boston. Her installations have been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Boston Globe, and featured in a two-page article in Sculpture Magazine. Beth’s work was featured on the cover of Socrates Sculpture Park twentieth anniversary book, and was also on the cover of artsMEDIA and Art New England.
She has recently completed a new permanent public artwork, Serpentine Fence, a 120’ long sculpture made of stainless steel, metal mesh, and lights, for the newly renovated South Street Mall Park in Jamaica Plain, MA.