Beth Davila Waldman was born in Princeton, NJ in 1975 to a Peruvian mother and a New York architect father. As a child, she quickly learned to define site as home as her parents moved her from Princeton to Cincinnati, Cincinnati to Houston, Houston to Florence, then back to Houston again. Deeply influenced by childhood memories to construction sites and museums, Beth pursued a career in the arts starting at the age of 15. She completed her first degree at Wellesley College in 1997 with a BA in Art History and Studio Art. She graduated with honors with the successful completion of her senior sculpture thesis. In 2003, she enrolled at San Francisco Art Institute for her second degree in sculpture graduating in 2005 with a BFA in sculpture. During her time there, Beth was awarded the 2004 annual Harold E. Weiner Memorial Sculpture Award by SFAI for the most outstanding student sculptural work that academic year. Since her work has been recognized in national exhibitions by jurors Max Fisko of ARTMarket Productions, Curator of the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston Valerie Cassell Oliver-Senior, Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection Liz Key Strelka, Director of Perez Art Museum Franklin Sirmans and Associate Curator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum Anastasia James.
In the spring of 2017, Beth curated an exhibition including her own work entitled “Manual Digital” that has garnered the attention of two contemporary art blogs in New York, SF Weekly and The SF Examiner. Co-hosted by the SFAI Alumni Association, Beth organized and moderated a special panel discussion surrounding the exhibition focusing on how “Manual Digital” looked at the evolving technical, conceptual and theoretical merging of art and technology in art practice, including innovations in media such as painting as well as electronic media. Panelists included SFAI Associate Professor and Artist Meredith Tromble, Director of Fiction Science Gallery and Artist DC Spensley, and Head of Acquisitions at SFMOMA Maria Naula.
This past year, Beth was awarded the 2017-2018 Kala Institute Parent Artist Residency, the Playa Institute March 2018 Artist Residency, a printmaking residency at Basel Edition in Basel, Switzerland with 10 other international artists. She was also an artist in residence at Kala Institute’s Electronic Media Center in May 2018 and returning this October 2018. Currently, Beth’s work is part of the juried exhibition “Bay Area Now” and included in the Live Auction at San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art’s Annual Connect and Collect Auction this October.
Beth’s home and studio are based in Mill Valley, CA.