JD Beltran is a conceptual artist, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Her award-winning work, which blends the narrative and abstract in investigating how materials tell stories, has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The M.H. de Young Museum, The Getty Center, The Kitchen in New York, the MIT Media Lab, Cité des Ondes Vidéo et Art Électronique in Montreal, ProArte in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Fei Contemporary Art Center in Shanghai, China, the Kyrgyzstan National Museum, YBCA, and in the 2006, 2008, and 2012 ZeroOne New Media Biennials.
The Cinema Snowglobe, her collaboration with Scott Minneman, achieved the international New Technological Art Award in 2014 as one of the top twenty Art +Technology projects worldwide, and was featured at the 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival. She's been commissioned for public art projects in San Francisco, San Jose, Cleveland, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Russia. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Globe, NPR, Wired Magazine, Art in America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, Art Practical, Art Papers, ID Magazine, 7x7, and Dwell. She's also been awarded grants by Artadia, the Workshop Residence, the San Francisco Arts Commission, Stochastic Labs, and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Fellowship, and residencies at Skowhegan, the Pilchuck School (Hauberg Fellowship), the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Montalvo Arts Center.
She's written columns on art and culture for SFGate.com and the Huffington Post, and is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Beltran is the President of the San Francisco Arts Commission and also is faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she directs the school’s City Studio arts education program for underserved youth. She also is Adjunct Faculty in Design at the California College of the Arts.
BS, University of Oregon; MFA, San Francisco Art Institute; JD, University of California, Berkeley