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Beata Szechy

      Dorje Dolma¬†

  I was born on September 20, 1950, in Budapest, Hungary. In 1957 I entered the elementary school, where my drawing teacher, Mihaly Bakonyi, urged me to start to draw and paint. I won many national childrens' painting competitions. In 1965 I was accepted to the Collage of Arts and Crafts. In 1976 I started the Academy of Fine Arts. My teacher was Mihly Sarkanty. I have an enormous appreciation for my professors, who have given me the basic knowledge and attitude for my whole life. I graduated from the Academy in 1980. I also studied goblin-making at the Academy. In 1982 I was elected Vice-President of the Young Artists' Studio (365 artists), Budapest, Hungary. Since 1980 I have been a member of the Hungarian Artists' Organization, later the Artists' Union and from 1986 the Artists' Federation. In 1987 I left for the United States for a study tour. In 1990 I got the Ann Flanagan Fellowship at Kala Institute, Berkely, CA. From 1990 until 1993 I was a print making instructor and curator at Kala Institute and Gallery. Since 1990 I have been a member of the Kala Institute, Berkeley, CA, The Print Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Center for the Book Arts, New York. In 1990 I decided to organize the Hungarian Multicultural Center, Inc. (HMC)(; its goal is to promote cultural exchange between the United States and Hungary in the fields of visual and performing arts and to serve as a resource center. The center serves as a source of information through its computer database, slide registries, individual artists' documentation files, catalogues, audio-video libraries and listings of current events and exhibitions. HMC already has sponsored gallery exhibitions. HMC is also organizing the sponsorship of lectures and exchange activities involving writers, musicians and filmmakers. The HMC works with other cultural centers and institutions around the world. I believe that assisting individuals in pursuing their career goals in literature, music, film and the arts is the most effective way of fostering the development of cultural exchange between our countries. My recent exhibition the "Borderless Garden" at 5501 Columbia Art Center is a picture of my life in the past 10 years. I wanted to show the influence that changing place or space, moving between Budapest, San Francisco and Dallas, has had on me. As an exile I feel that I belong nowhere, and as a result, I live in fear. I feel that I am haunted by nostalgia. The fact that I was welcomed and respected by the artistic community, and public in general, had a tremendous effect on my life. The exhibition is on till January 24, 1996. This installation is impermanent. When the show ends, mostly it will be thrown away; like all stories, this one, too, has to come to an end.

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