Debra was born and raised in rural Austin, Minnesota and spent summers at Birch Lake with her grandparents. These were days to explore and nurture her love of the outdoors and art. She and her Grandmother worked on art projects; painting, drawing, working with fabrics or making mosaics from lake pebbles and dried flowers. This was the start of Debra’s creative life. From these early days she continued to grow and explore new lands, creative mediums, and the arts.
After high school, Debra attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a short time. She married and raised two sons and found the art of stained glass; making windows for commission to private and commercial clients. She also found a career as a certified professional picture framer and opened her own art and framing gallery business in Rochester, MN.
In 2000, Debra and moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, working in the Art and Framing industry. In 2008, Debra received her Bachelor of Fine Art degree (BFA) from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a painting concentration. She then went on to work as Assistant Director of the Furlong Gallery at UW-Stout and Coordinator of Gallery 231, the student gallery at UW-Stout. Debra became involved in botanical illustration and created many watercolor botanical paintings that were displayed in local and national exhibitions.
Through the many stages in her life and careers she never forgot the beauty and wonder of working with glass. She decided to return to the medium and began to study mosaic art. Debra is currently a certificate student at the Chicago Mosaic School, where her studies with modern masters of traditional mosaic techniques further her skill and practice. Debra works with stained glass, stone, watercolor, pastel, and oil. She is currently working on a series of glass mosaics featuring Mid-West landscapes. Debra is a member of SAMA (Society of American Mosaic Artists) and the Minnesota Mosaic Guild. She has displayed her mosaic art in multiple local and national exhibitions. Her work is featured at Riverwood Art and Frame Gallery in Eau Claire, WI, Woodland Studio in Stoughton, WI, Crossings in Zumbrota, MN, SEMVA in Rochester, MN and Lanesboro Arts Center in Lanesboro, MN. One can also see the scope of her art at her website debradsouza.com.
Debra Beckel D’Souza
623 27th Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901 715-308-1055 * [email protected]
University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI Bachelor of Fine Arts -Studio Art Concentration, Focus- Painting, Dec. 2008 Magna Cum Laude, 3.80 GPA
Professional Picture Framers Association, Certified Picture Framer (CPF), July 1988.
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, study of fine art and design, August 1974, 75
Mosaic Artist Apprenticeship, Study with Mireille Swinnen, Brussels, Belgium, April/May 2018.
Chicago Mosaic School, Chicago, IL
Certificate Program, studies: Drawing, Hammer& Hardie, Design, Undulation, Ravenna Technique, Texture, and Direct Method/ Matteo Randi, Sue Gianotti all for Mosaic. Large Scale Mosaics/ Gary Drostle. Modern Expression/Verdiano Marzi. April 2015-Present.
Casa Hacienda Mosaico, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Architectural Installations, Exterior Mosaic & Community Projects Workshop/ Bonnie Fitzgerald, January 2017
St Croix River School of Painting, Stillwater, MN
Focus-Plein Air and Still Life Oil Painting with Kami Polzin, Sept. 2010 - 2012.
Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Minneapolis, MN Focus-Botanical Illustration and Techniques, May 2006 – 2011 Masters Level
AWARDS, HONORS and PRESS:
“SAMA Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship recipient 2017
“Volume One” Cover Artwork, Featured Artist, Eau Claire, WI. October 2016. “Buzz”, Metropolitan State University Alumni Publication, St Paul, MN, Spring 2016 “Minnesota Conservation Volunteer” Magazine, State-Wide, Nov/Dec. 2015 “Rochester Area Visitor” Magazine, Rochester, MN. Feature Article, April 2015 “Edible Bits & Pleasing Pieces, Food and Art Cookbook”, Published 2014
“Volume One”, Eau Claire, WI, Cover Artwork, May 2011.
*Woodland Studios, Stoughton, WI, Fine Art Mosaics
*South East Minnesota Visual Art (SEMVA) Gallery, Rochester, MN, Fine Art Mosaics and Jewelry
*Crossings at Carnegie, Zumbrota, MN, Fine Art Mosaics
*Riverwood Art and Frame, Eau Claire, WI, Fine Art Mosaics and Jewelry *Lanesboro Arts, Lanesboro, MN, Fine Art Mosaic Jewelry
*Double Tree Gallery, Rochester, MN, Fine Art Mosaics
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, January 2018, Dorsey Hovde Art Design, Vicki Hovde representative
Health Partners, St Paul, MN, May 2017, Dorsey Hovde Art Design, Vicki Hovde
Luther Hospital, Mayo Health Systems, Eau Claire, WI, December 2016, Luther/Mayo Arts committee, Susan Sudbrink representative
Marshfield Clinic, Eau Claire, and Marshfield, WI, November 2015, L.Z. Designs, Laurie Zadra representative
Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA, Aesthetics Inc, Sorina Igreti representative
St Joseph Mercy Hospital, Oakland, MI, Aesthetics Inc, Sorina Igreti representative
Hudson, WI: “Breaking Assumptions” Phipps Center for the Arts, MN Mosaic Guild, October/December 2017
Rochester, MN: “Lacavore” Juried Exhibition, Rochester Art Center, September 2017/January 2018
Chicago, IL & Boston, MA: “SOFA 2017” Mosaic Art Collaborative Exhibition, 100 moments by SAMA Artists, October 2017
Chicago, IL: “Certifiable” Mosaic Art Exhibit by certificate students, The Gallery of Contemporary Mosaics, December 2015, May/June 2016
Phoenix, AZ: “A Natural Perspective: Botanical Exhibition by the ASBA” Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, October 2009
Pittsburgh, PA: “Portfolio & Small Works Exhibit” American Society of Botanical Artists, September 2007, 2010, 2011
St. Paul, MN, “Becoming Whole: In Pieces”, Gordon Parks Gallery, Metropolitan University, November 2016
Rochester, MN, “Artists of the Mayo Clinic: Exhibit of Original Art”, July 2015 Edina, MN, “Minnesota Mosaic Guild Exhibit”, Edina Art Center, July 2015
Minneapolis, MN “The Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium Project” City of Minneapolis Park System, 2010-2015
Hudson, WI, “It’s only Nature” Phipps Center for the Arts, Aug. 2011
Minnetonka, MN, “Inspired By Nature 3rd Annual Botanical Exhibition” Minnetonka Center for the Arts, June 2010
Minneapolis, MN, “Foot in the Door” Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Feb. 2010