Christopher Beer earned his BFA in Painting from Michigan State University in 2005, and soon moved to Davis, California, where he was a preparator at the Pence Gallery in Davis, California, and University of California Davis’s Design Museum. Working through exhibitions and as an artist, he learned about the power of local art practice while also exhibiting his artwork in regional and international venues. Beer is interested in exploring how art can educate and inspire. He was awarded a fellowship from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) to take part in a residency at Mildred’s Lane in Narrowsburg, New York. There, he experienced the artist J. Morgan Puett’s ever-evolving philosophy while preparing for an exhibition, A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action, with a group of multi-talented collaborators from around the globe. He earned his MFA in Curatorial Practice from MICA after completing his thesis exhibition Synergy — a collaborative, multidisciplinary art exhibition and event at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Campus that explored the effects of litter on Baltimore City’s waterways. Beer believes art is a catalyst for change and an effective tool for community development and dispersal of big ideas.