Visual Art Instructor & College Counselor


Barry Beach


Visual artist, independent college counselor, portfolio preparation coach and arts educator. Substantial experience in college of art admissions, portfolio building, and application evaluating, with teaching experience at the high school and college levels. Interested in helping young artists find the best path towards college.


Independent college counseling, portfolio preparation coaching and visual art instruction.



Visual Art Instructor & College Counselor

Valley International Academy

Privately Held; Higher Education industry

August 2009Present (1 year 4 months)

Teach studio art to grades 9-12 and assist with college counseling

Independent College Counselor

Self-Employed; Professional Training & Coaching industry   November 2008Present (2 years 1 month)

Work with students planning to study visual art in college to select a college program and help with portfolio development.

Undergraduate Application Reader  University of California Berkeley

Higher Education industry

December 2006February 2008 (1 year 3 months)

Evaluated and scored undergraduate applications using comprehensive review policies involving academics, testing, activities, essays, availability of opportunities, and peer performance.

Teaching Assistant

San Francisco Art Institute

Educational Institution; Higher Education industry

January 2007December 2007 (1 year)

Assisted with three courses:
1. Projects: The Museum: Research/Explorations/Interventions, Spring 07
Students installed work in Legion of Honor and de Young Museums in San Francisco.

2.Tracing, Mapping and Archiving Memory (digital photography), spring 2007, SFAI’s City Studio high school arts program, Richmond, CA

3. (instructor of record) Contemporary Practicum freshman foundations, Fall 07
Developed and taught two workshops:
Using Photoshop and Illustrator as Drawing and Thinking Tools
and Making Earthworks Proposals

Director of Admissions

Oregon College of Art & Craft

Non-Profit; Higher Education industry

March 2002June 2006 (4 years 4 months)

Directed recruitment activities and admissions decisions for college of 150 BFA and post-baccalaureate students. Supervised staff, managed recruitment budget, developed policy and procedures, directed marketing and publications and developed orientation programming. Presented and spoke about student and faculty artwork to art classes at over 80 community colleges and high schools annually, and reviewed portfolios at National Portfolio Days around the US and Canada. Developed and curated two exhibitions of Portland-area high school student artwork in college’s gallery. Full-time enrollment increased from 79 to 144 during my tenure.

Assistant Director of Marketing  Oregon Ballet Theatre

Non-Profit; 51-200 employees; Performing Arts industry  20002002 (2 years)



San Francisco Art Institute  MFA, studio art  20052008

Rhode Island School of Design BFA, Sculpture 19921995


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