Michael David Beens
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  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • United States
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Michael David Beens is now a member of CIVA Network
Sep 23

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Organization or Business Name
CalligraphyScripture.com
Contact Email
mike@calligraphyscripture.com
Website
http://www.calligraphyscripture.com
Art Interests
Architecture, Art History, Book Making, Calligraphy, Furniture, Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking
Artist / Personal Statement
Sincerest thanks and admiration go to my fellow artists in the CIVA Network. I am stunned by the high quality of the work around me, and the courage you show in the expression of your faith. My biggest challenge is not the art, but the life. Still desperately need to have my sin removed on a regular basis, and filled back up with Jesus (for the sake of my family and the next person I meet!).

The diverse work and training of a lifetime is brought to bear in the Bible verse illustrations I began in Spring of 2017. I don’t have much comment on individual pieces; the words are the image. “Let scripture speak.” But I will say that there is very little pre-planning beyond minor questions of technique (i.e. “fatter tool, more greens would be nice in this next one”). Each image involves a production phase and a refinement phase, and auto-pilot is engaged from begining to end. It’s done when it feels done, and I’m profoundly grateful for the joy that this work brings.
Accomplishments / CV
1985 B.F.A. Graphic Communication/Advertising Design, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
1987 1st Prize Lettering, Scarab Club Advertising Art & Design Show
1987—1997 Adjunct Faculty College for Creative Studies, wrote syllabi for Lettering, Advanced Lettering, and Advanced Typographic Design
1988 Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual
1988—1995 Freelance lettering and design for General Motors Automotive Identification / Corporate and Brand ID, Warren, MI
1989 Redesign of Little Caesars logotype
1992 Solo exhibition of oil paintings and etchings, Rabbles Coffee House, St. Clair Shores, MI
1998—1999 Adjunct Faculty Oakland Community College, wrote syllabus for Introduction to Letterforms
1999 Produced font for Doner Advertising (Mazda) “Base12 Sans Medium” based on original design by Zuzanna Licko
2002—2003 Adjunct Faculty Macomb Community College, wrote syllabus for Design 1; taught Quark 1 and Introduction to Illustration
2002 Produced two new weights of Rotis Sans for Doner Advertising (PNC Bank) “Rotis 85 Black” and “Rotis 95 Ultra”
2011 Mackinac family of eight fonts published by P22 Type Foundry [p22.com/family-Mackinac]
2012 Typeface Family Design Award, Applied Arts Magazine, for P22 Mackinac [appliedartsmag.com]

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