Ken Beerbohm was born and raised in Neihart, Montana. Growing up with few possessions, the mountain behind his house became a giant playground full of nature’s wonders from moss-covered rocks to spring creeks. His love of what nature could produce was firmly rooted.
Ken Beerbohm’s family moved to California when he was in his teens and he eventually graduated with a degree in design and industry from San Francisco State University. He then went on to work for a custom plastics company for six years.
In 1974 when the company moved, Ken realized his true passion was in sculpting. While this was happening, a stream of industrial model-making jobs flowed in and shortly his art career was put on hold in order to tap into more profitable jobs to raise his family. The Plasticsmith became the company name he would use for the next 33 years.
About 20 years ago, Ken Beerbohm started carving pieces from wood during the spare time he could find. A few years later, Ken started sculpting with clay. In 2007, he closed down his business and now had the freedom to pursue his longing. Drawing from years of experience working with a wide range of materials, his background enabled him to approach sculpting without constraints.
Most of Ken Beerbohm works are driven by humor, the one thing that keeps him somewhat sane in a not-so-sane world. At times his mind flips to the serious side and a serious work pops up and he follows that to its conclusion. If Ken works bring an observer to laugh, ponder or to appreciate, he has accomplished his mission.
1969 – B.A. earned degree in Design and Industry, San Francisco State University
1974, 2007 – opened a custom plastics production shop, also crafted an assortment of models of electronic equipment for pre-production photos
2004 present – started sculpting wood, metal, clay and quartzite
Works in the following galleries while living in California:
Artwork SF San Francisco, CA
Thrasher’s Gallery, San Carlos, CA
Gallery 2611, Redwood City CA
Studio Shop Annex, San Mateo CA
Art & Soul Gallery, Burlingame CA
Belmont Art Gallery @ Twin Pines Art Center, Belmont CA
2017 – present, works featured at Artists Emporium, Havre de Grace MD
2009, 2017 – works featured at Artists’ Gallery, Columbia and Ellicott City MD
2010 – works at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Gaithersberg MD
2011 – “Odd Birds” solo show at Artists’ Gallery
2011 – works at Howard County Celebration of the Arts Silent Auction
2011 – voted best three dimensional work at Columbia Art Center
2011 – works at Columbia Art Center’s “Art Reinvention: An Invitational Exhibition”
2012 – works shown at Artfully Wilde Show, Columbia MD
2012 – “A Pulse of Nature” duo-show at Artists’ Gallery
2013 – voted 3rd place best work in “Blossoms for Claudia” show, Columbia Art Center
2013 – 2015, works at Marin-Price Gallery Chevy Chase MD
2015 – 2017 works at Ouvert Gallery St. Michael’s MD
2015 – works at Ice House Winter Show in Berkeley Springs WV
2016 – “Whimsy Gone Wild” solo show at Willow Gallery, Annapolis MD
2017 – duo-show in Spring at Artists’ Gallery
2018 – Columbia Festival of the Arts, Town Center MD