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'Real World' celeb to visit IUP

on March 24, 2013 3:00 AM

Artist, author and speaker Christopher Beckman will visit Indiana in early April, offering a variety of open sessions and art critiques for community members and students.

This is the second visit to Indiana by this highly engaging, personable and energetic young man, who relates easily with all ages.

In October 2012, he met with a wide variety of community and campus leaders, talking with them about his art and his life.

Beckman reached celebrity status in 2001 when he appeared on MTV’s “Real World: Chicago” only nine months after he started his recovery from more than 10 years of alcohol and drug abuse.

Combining his celebrity with his passionate need to share his story, he wrote a highly successful book titled “Clean: A New Generation in Recovery Speaks Out.”

He then went on to dozens of speaking engagements on major campuses and in communities across the U.S., and appeared on numerous national major talk shows, including those hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey.

Openly gay since his MTV appearance, he continues to speak out about his life, his highly successful art career and his work to remain sober.

He is currently working on a sequel to his book, titled “Still Clean.”

The book and the sequel are currently being recorded for an audio book with GPR Records.

On April 1, he will present a talk titled “Christopher Beckman: Still Clean,” presented by the IUP Counseling Center.

This workshop will be of benefit to anyone wanting to better understand addictions and counseling those in recovery.

Geared to students in counseling studies, it is open to the public and will be presented at 5:15 p.m. in Room G-60 in the Suites on Maple.

On April 2, he will present a talk centering on his artwork titled “Life Informing Art.”

Presented by the President’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Commission and IUP Pride Alliance, Beckman will take attendees on a visual journey through his photography, painting and sculpture that illustrate his life and gives visual reference to many of the points raised in his book.

This free session begins at 7 p.m. in Beard Auditorium, located in Stouffer Hall on campus along Maple Street.

On April 3, the Indiana Art Association will host a critique session at The Artists Hand Gallery on Philadelphia Street at 7 p.m. Members have been contacted to submit artwork, and the public is invited for the open critique.

Beckman also will do a special presentation for the Armstong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission as well as individual critiques of IUP student artwork.

For more information, contact the Lively Arts at (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or email

The visit is funded by the Lively Arts at IUP; Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission and the Armstrong-Indiana Drug Free Communities Coalition; the President’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Commission; College of Fine Arts; Pride Alliance; and the Center for Health and Well Being.

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