E. Jane Beckwith, M.F.A.

E. Jane Beckwith, M.F.A.

Associate Professor and Associate Chair

Art BK



  • 718.940.5831
  • Tuohy Hall, Room 314


M.F.A., Painting and Art History, Pratt Institute, 1970
B.A., Art and English, Seton Hill University, 1967


While my formal education from high school onward always focused on art, I always had other interests that lend relevance to the content of my work. I began teaching while still in graduate school in the 60s, and found that — along with being an artist — teaching was my true vocation. I feel very fortunate to have work I love, both my personal work as an artist and teaching at St. Joseph's University, New York. My family is important to me. I am close to my four siblings, though we are not geographically near. My son is also an art professor and we do a lot of planning curriculum together as, like me, he teaches photography (City College). 


"Never get on the train and wish you'd bought a box."

To explain, this was something my mother recommended. In the early days of train travel when there was no food on the train, passengers could purchase a box meal to take with them. If you didn't have the foresight to provide something to eat, you went without.
But the meaning (she told us) had wide implications for "seizing the day" and having no regrets for something you didn't do. In life, don't "wish you bought a box." I live with that mantra!