Discipline: Visual Art – printmaking

Beatrice Mitchell

Discipline: Visual Art – printmaking
Region: Cleveland, OH
MacDowell Fellowships: 1987

Beatrice (Bea) Mitchell (1931-2022) began making sculptures based on her fascination with topology and the Mobius strip. Mitchell’s lilting half-twist sculptures have a special grace and freedom. Constructed from materials as various as cast stainless steel, jute, and found objects, they seem to fold subject matter and materials into themselves, suggesting melodic variations and recurring life themes.

Mitchell had always been an artist in one way or another. She grew up making finely-tuned connections between line and tone, color and love. Ironically, a roundabout path eventually brought her to sculpture and to the playfully geometric, fast-moving abstract paintings for which she is known today. She had her work exhibited across the country as well as all over the world including: The Cleveland Museum of Art; The Sculpture Center in Cleveland; the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve; Kanagawa, Japan; and Bangalore, India. Her work is also a part of art collections at the Portland Art Museum and the Henry Ford Hospital.



Beatrice Mitchell worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio (as it was originally named) was converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, and originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to…

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