Robert Beauchamp was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1923. His highschool teacher, R. Idris Thomas, who facilitated his winning a scholarship to the Colorado Springs Arts Center, nurtured his childhood interest in art. There Beauchamp studied with Boardman Robinson. Beauchamp was awarded a Fulbright travel grant to paint in Florence and Rome in 1959. In later years, he was awarded a Pollock/Krasner Grant from the Walter Gutmann Foundation, the Boskoff Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. Like many of his colleagues, Beauchamp exemplified an emerging group of artist-teachers who taught at various schools and Universities around the US. He was on the faculty of the School of the Visual Arts, Cooper Union and Brooklyn College in New York, and served as visiting artist at the University of Louisiana, the University of Ohio, Syracuse University, the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California at San Diego.
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