Wholly Integrated | Zoe Beaudry

Image courtesy of Zoe Beaudry.
Image courtesy of Zoe Beaudry.
Image: 'Mandala Sunyata' by Zoe Beaudry
Image: 'Mandala Sunyata' by Zoe Beaudry
Image: 'Mandala Bhavacakra' by Zoe Beaudry
Image: 'Mandala Bhavacakra' by Zoe Beaudry

Exhibition & Events

Zoe Beaudry

September 1 - October 21, 2023

Reception: Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 5 - 7 PM

Zoe is the recipient of the Elizabeth Charles Award.

Elizabeth Charles believed in the arts as a vehicle for self-expression and as a means to develop a deeper understanding of our humanity. As a student, Elizabeth actively championed human equity and diversity. In 2020, the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and Elizabeth's father, Norm Charles, established the fund in her honor. Funding is provided by Norm Charles, Phyllis Mellon, as well as additional funders who seek to continue her championship by supporting Michigan artists and amplifying their voices through monetary awards and promotions. Preference is given to artists with a vision for or emphasis on enhancing awareness and equity across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ethnicity.

Artist Bio

Zoe Beaudry (b. 1991) is a contemporary figurative painter from East Lansing, Michigan, currently based in Detroit. Her practice examines existential questions related to selfhood, divinity, and individuation in the twenty-first century. Her work is informed by her research on contemporary mysticism and philosophy of mind, fourth-wave feminism, and her spiritual practice. Using the visual languages of photography, screens, and digital effects, Zoe’s paintings feature carefully-rendered subjects, intentionally chosen to flaut flawed social constructs, de-stigmatize corporeal existence, and advocate for the rights of all sentient beings.

Zoe completed a BA in Studio Art from Kalamazoo College in 2014 and obtained her MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout the Midwest and internationally in the UK, Israel, and Australia, at venues including The Zhou B Art Center (Chicago), Chicago City Hall, Piano Nobile Kings Place (London), Mall Galleries (London), and The Glue Factory (Glasgow). She has held art workshops for youth in Tulkarem, Palestine, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and has undertaken residencies at Kriti Gallery in Varanasi, India, and The Forge in Detroit, Michigan.

Awards include a Beeler International Project Grant for her work in Haiti, first place in Exhibit Fine Art Center and Gallery's National Juried Competition, and the Northwood University Artist Award, awarded by the Midland Center for the Arts in 2019. In 2019 Zoe was featured on Sky Portrait Artist of the Year on the Sky Arts Network.

Artist Statement

Zoe states:

"M&ala is a conceptual painting and light exhibition that combines traditional figurative oil painting with digital themes and lighted sculptural elements.

The theme of the show is the Future Human, or the human body as an avatar. I’m interested in creating picture planes that function like portals, as screens do. Screen-like elements are depicted containing, or inserted into, traditional representations of the body. Viewers are encouraged to project themselves onto the figures in the paintings so that the figures become avatars rather than subjects."