Jake Beckman's exhibit, “Small Pieces Tied to Something Bigger” includes several installed sculptures, free–standing sculptures, and several prints. Beckman says he is exploring ideas such as: resource dependence, the legibility of various processes that sustain everyday life, and the built environment as an organism. Beckman earned his BA from Swarthmore College and his MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from Cleveland, he lives and works in Philadelphia, and is currently a visiting professor at Swarthmore College.
Small Pieces Tied to Something Bigger is part of an ongoing collaboration – which began in 2008 – between PCA and Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA). This exchange of exhibits provides a larger context and more exposure for regional artists, and it strengthens the artistic dialogue between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.