My Chair in the AIGA Toledo Sit&Tell Exhibition.

Thanks for the cool photo of my chair guys! It's on display at the Wolfe Center at BGSU campus. So happy to be a part of this show with so many talented artists.

You can follow the Instagram account, and the show will continue on a rolling exhibition through the Greater Toledo area at the locations listed on the Sit&Tell website and shown below. Follow the news on Facebook as well. 

All of the contributing artist's chairs will go up for sale at the end of the exhibition. 


AIGA's Sit&Tell in the Toledo news.

Recently, the Toledo Blade, Toledo's area newspaper put out an article on AIGA's newest exhibition going on throughout the summer. There are many chairs and below is the list of artists at the specific location where my piece is showing. I'm honored to be showing my chair amongst all of these amazing artists. Thank you to AIGA Toledo and the judges for accepting me into this show. 

I didn't find a photographer to credit for the copyright of this photo on the article, but it's not mine. Click photo to view article.

I didn't find a photographer to credit for the copyright of this photo on the article, but it's not mine. Click photo to view article.



BGSU Wolfe Center for the Arts  //  June 14, 2016
(these 30 chairs below are also in reserves for impromptu exhibitions beyond the existing schedule)

1 // Zach Minnich • Yusuf Lateef
2 // Sara Blease • Nina Corder
3 // Todd Childers • Michael Brighton
4 // Lila Marty • Hannah Crabtree
5 // Ashley Volney • John McCarty
6 // Erin Kunz • Joanna Bopp-Yarnell
7 // Lori Young • Cathy Ridley
8 // Caroline Ellingboe • Heather Kolar
9 // Chris Hatfield • Michelle Tarrant
10 // Gene Powell • Kelli Stegman
11 // Joe Pinciotti • JoAnna Sorosiak
12 // Jenn Stucker & Amy Fidler • Dora Lopez
13 // Gina Scherzer • Patrick Tansey
14 // Brandon Stammen • Diane Gordon
15 // Logan Hecklinger • Aly Krajewski
16 // Ben Morales • Sherris Schwind
17 // Alex Beat • James Bragg
18 // Trent Gineman • Hailey Ameling
19 // Angie Baker • Mary Mantey
20 // Chelsea Kopfman • Lindsy Buser
21 // Tricia Kimmel • Anyun Chen
22 // Melanie Giveins • Michelle Ansara
23 // Ras+e • Gina Scherzer
24 // Sandra Winner • Twila Page
25 // Michelle Henry • Tori Nuss
26 // Alec Thielman • Judy Greer
27 // Kate Blankerts • Ida Cardenas
28 // Tess Segura • Margaret Lockwood-Lass
29 // Jacob Parr • Joe Pinciotti
30 // Tyler Deal • Fatima Atfif

Sit&Tell Toledo Blade article
Sit&Tell website
Sit&Tell Facebook
Sit&Tell Instagram

Self portraits after filming.

My work to be shown in AIGA Toledo's newest gallery exhibit, Sit&Tell, Tomorrow!

I was accepted to take part in AIGA Toledo's newest gallery exhibit, Sit&Tell, back in March and the work is going on display at my alma mater, Bowling Green State University in the Wolfe Center for the Arts lobby! 

Exciting news and here is another sneak peek of my piece that was accepted. The cool thing is, the entries were designed specifically for, and will be, displayed on actual chairs! The exhibit opens tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th at 7 p.m EST! If you're in that neck of the woods, go check it out. 

You can follow the Instagram account as they introduce different chairs each day, starting tomorrow, and the show will continue on a rolling exhibition through the Greater Toledo area at the locations listed on the Sit&Tell website and shown below. Follow the news on Facebook as well. 



June 18–July 2, 2016. National Museum of the Great Lakes. 1701 Front St.

July 2–July 16, 2016. Collingwood Arts Center. 2413 Collingwood Blvd.

July 16–July 30, 2016. Sofia Quintero Arts & Cultural Center. 1225 Broadway St.

July 30–Aug 13, 2016. Toledo Public Library. 325 Michigan St.

Aug 13–Aug 27, 2016. Ohio Theater. 3114 Lagrange St.

Aug 27–Sep 2, 2016. Seed Coworking. 25 S. Saint Clair St.

Sep 2–Sep 17, 2016. Frederick Douglass Community Center. 1001 Indiana Ave.

I am officially going to college...AGAIN!

Alex Beat here. Wanted to put a few updates out there since my last posting about this month's upcoming art exhibit I am taking part in with AIGA Toledo. See the post here

I am going back to college, AGAIN! I was recently accepted through audition to attend the two year Associates Brass and Woodwinds program at Los Angeles College of Music here in Los Angeles and could not be more excited. I set out to get accepted at this school almost 2 years ago when I was overseas in Australia. Now here I am today, happy to announce I'll be starting this Fall 2016 and through the help of all my past saxophone instructors who inspired me to set my sights high. 

All of the fine print paperwork is done, so all that's left now is to gather up my school supplies and books and head into class this October! Now, with all things in life, you're going to get counter arguments or people with different viewpoints. I've recently had some people question my motives for attending a school to learn music. Why would I pay money to go to this private college when I can simply play music in my room by myself for the next ten years, grinding away in hopes I'll somehow get noticed in this massive sea of Angelinos? They may have a few somewhat valid points like yes, I could save money, or time and effort, but they're being too simple. There's more to this than just going to a school to learn a few notes. Yes I can do that in my own time, and I have. This school isn't about going to learn music like in grade school. I've already done that too. This school is about making it in the industry and about making a name for yourself. If I'm going to learn from some of the best in the industry here in one of the meccas for music then yes I'll pay so I'm not scraping by, reinventing the wheel, trying to catch a gig for the next ten years. Consider it a springboard if you will. It's all about networking and this industry-oriented school HAS it! 

Oh yes, and some new self portrait studies full of disheveled, blank stares into space for your art viewing pleasure you good-looking, selfie-taking, narcissistically lovable a$$holes (said in the most endearing way possible).

AIGA announces upcoming art project in partnership with The Arts Commission and MTS Seating

Hey everyone. I wanted to shoot out a quick news flash that AIGA announced a brand new project, The Sit&Tell Project recently for the Toledo, Ohio area, which I am honored to say I have been cordially invited and accepted by the jurors to take part in this coming spring/summer. 

Judging by the names and messages I've seen spread around social media following the acceptance notifications, I am happy to be amongst amazing talent and awesome designers/artists from my previous home. I'm excited to present with all of you. 

The project is all about storytelling, and the idea of sitting down with others to share those stories. The stories, all about strong women in our lives, will be transformed visually into works of art present on, not canvas, but on chairs. Looking forward to this opportunity. 

You can find more information on the AIGA Sit&Tell Project website

Alexander Johnny Beat