Personals, 2001, a suite of portraits of four subjects, which included a painting, a video, a photograph and a charcoal drawing of each person.
J.D. Beltran is a conceptual artist exploring the contexts, language, and scope of portraiture. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at the Walker Art Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen Gallery, New York, the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Singapore Digital Mediafest, Cite Des Ondes Video Et Art Electronique in Montreal, Canada, Sesto Senso in Bologna, Italy, Festival VIDEOFORMES in Clermont-Ferrand, France, the ISEA/ZeroOne San Jose Festival, the Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, the Biennale for Electronic Arts in Perth, Australia, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the San Jose Museum, the Hammond Museum, the Holter Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, The Ulrich Museum, and The Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine, California. She was awarded a San Jose Cultural Commission Grant for a public art project exhibiting in the streets of San Jose from October 2007 – Spring 2009, and an Individual Artist Commission from the city of San Francisco in 2006. Her San Jose project, “Downtown Mirror,” was recognized as on of the most outstanding public artworks for 2009 in the United States by the Public Art Network. She also was awarded an Artadia grant in 1999, and residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Montalvo Arts Center. Other prizes include being awarded the Silver Award for the 2002 Interactive Media Design Review, Installation Category, ID Magazine. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe, as well as in Art In America, ArtNews, the New Art Examiner, and Art Papers. She is faculty in the Film, New Genres, Design & Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, Critical Studies, and Urban Studies Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in San Francisco.