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Richard Beckman
Half the Truth, 1990

University of South Florida, Tampa campus
Between School of Art and Art History (FAH) and Psychology and Communication Sciences & Disorders (PCD)

Half the Truth was donated to the USF Collection by the Family of Richard Beckman. The siting of the sculpture between the facilities of Psychology and the Arts is appropriate to Beckmanís life and career as an artist and teacher. Beckmanís organic and geometric forms, in human scale, investigate the dynamic balance between mind and body, cerebral and spiritual, and the synthesis of this duality through materials and process. This early work demonstrates Beckmanís mastery of his craft and ability to create forms which engage the viewer cerebrally as well as physically. The presence of the work on campus and in the USF Collection will serve as a tribute to Richard Beckmanís influence and contributions to past USF students and members of the Tampa Bay community for years to come.

Richard Beckman (1957-2004) was an Associate Professor of Art at USF College of The Arts from 1991 to 2004. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Oregon and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. Beckman received national recognition for his exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. A number of Beckmanís works are in public collections in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Sarasota, Florida; Neiman Marcus stores in Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida; and the courtyard of the US Geological Survey facility in St. Petersburg, Florida.