Milt's work is currently on display at ARTISANS OF MANCOS in Mancos, Colorado

About J. Milton Beens

miltJ. Milton Beens is an acclaimed artist in several media. His background is one of outstanding dedication to his art and to his home, the American Southwest.

Milt's pottery and paintings are shown in regional and national exhibits. His works are represented in many private, institutional and commercial collections in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, California, Minnesota and New York.

Milt received his undergraduate degree from Weber State College, Ogden, Utah, with an emphasis in painting and printmaking. After a brief spell as a commercial artist and three years with the U.S. Forest Service as an exhibit specialist, Milt attended graduate school at the University of Montana, Missoula. There he set up a graphic arts department for the University Center. It was during this time that Milt became fascinated with ceramics. He completed his masters degree with a concentration in ceramics and then taught briefly at Bemidji State University, Minnesota.

Missing the mountains and skiing of the West, Milt and his wife returned to Salt Lake City, Utah. Milt quickly became affiliated with the Salt Lake City Art Center where he instituted the "Potter-in-Residence" program. He managed the ceramics facility, taught hundreds of students and established himself as one of the area's finest craftsmen. He was president of the Utah Designer Craftsmen for five consecutive years and organized a successful series of annual exhibitions and workshops. He taught at Weber State College and the University of Utah, coordinating the University's first annual summer Arts Festival at Snowbird.

In 1976, Milt, moved to his present home in Wildcat Canyon near Durango, Colorado where he became a full-time studio artist, an avid outdoorsman enjoying archery and fly-fishing and a great father to his daughter. From 1984 through 1996, the Beens exhibited Milt's paintings and pottery at their own gallery in downtown Durango, Today he continues to exhibit in galleries throughout the southwest. Each work of art by Milt reflects his love for the outdoors and the special environment which is his American South- west.

Milt still takes time off to ski each winter. He has been actively involved in the Professional Ski Instructors of America since 1964, serving as an examiner, trainer and officer and holds an honorary lifetime membership award.