Artist and Author Beckman Will Offer Several Sessions During Visit

Posted on 3/16/2013 11:21:59 AM

Christopher BeckmanArtist, author, and speaker Christopher Beckman will visit Indiana April 1-4, 2013, offering a variety of open sessions and art critiques for community members and students. This is the second visit to Indiana by this highly engaging, personable, and energetic young man who relates easily with all ages. In October 2012, he met with a wide variety of community and campus leaders, talking with them about his art and his life.

Beckman reached celebrity status in 2001 when he appeared on MTV’s Real World: Chicago only nine months after he started his recovery from over 10 years of alcohol and drug abuse. Combining his celebrity with his passionate need to share his story, he wrote a highly successful book titled Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out.

He then went on to present dozens of speaking engagements on major campuses and in communities across the United States, as well as appearing on numerous national talk shows, including interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Sawyer, and others.

Beckman CanvasOpenly gay since his MTV appearance, he continues to speak out about his life, his highly successful art career, and his work to remain sober. He is currently working on a sequel to his book, titled Still Clean. The book and the sequel are currently being recorded for an audio book with GPR Records.

  • On Monday, April 1, Beckmanwill present a talk titled “Christopher Beckman: Still Clean,” presented by the IUP Counseling Center. This workshop will be of benefit to anyone wanting to better understand addictions and counseling those in recovery. Geared to students in counseling studies, it is open to the public and will be presented at 5:15 p.m. in room G-60 in the Suites on Maple.
  • On Tuesday, April 2, he will present a talk centering on his art work titled “Life Informing Art.” Presented by the President’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Commission and IUP Pride Alliance, Beckman will take attendees on a visual journey through his photography, painting, and sculpture that illustrate his life and gives visual reference to many of the points raised in his book. This free session begins at 7:00 p.m. in Beard Auditorium, located in Stouffer Hall on campus along Maple St.
  • On Wednesday, April 3, the Indiana Art Association will host a critique session at the Artists Hand Gallery, located on Philadelphia Street starting at 7:00 p.m. Members have been contacted to submit art work, and the public is invited for the open critique.
  • Beckman will also do a special presentation for the Armstong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission, as well as individual critiques of IUP student artwork.

Beckman book cover: CleanFor full descriptions of each the events plan, download this pdf document. For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail

The visit is funded by the Lively Arts at IUP; Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition; the President’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Commission; College of Fine Arts; Pride Alliance; and Center for Health and Well Being.