Belgin Yucelen creates sculptures, installations, movies and prints drawing on the traditions of the past and today’s ethics. She studied sculpture at the Florence Accademia D’Arte in Florence, University of Colorado Boulder, Art Students League of Denver and Scottsdale Art School. Her work is represented at national and international galleries. She continuously participates in national and international exhibitions at museums, universities and other art venues.
Her intent is to engage the community in understanding how norms and values within the present landscape were shaped by the past and how the future will inform them. Her past work attempted to understand transitions in individuals and societies. “Journey of a Thousand Years” which included bronze sculptures with etched mirrors was an analysis of how the self is shaped by experiences over time. “Time” series inlaid with gold, embracing the Japanese concept of treating breakage as part of the past of an object suggested the frailty of each moment. “Clothes from the Past” installation of sculptural garments redefined a past culture’s sophistication in a contemporary form. “Overwritten Scripts” included prints elaborating on how the manipulation of the religious scripture influenced social and cultural norms. “Words” installation, which included an audio element, was aimed to encourage people to listen to each other more. In “Floating Children”, a collaboration with photojournalist Brian Rutter, the installation featuring floating transparent fabric with photographs of Syrian children was her way of speaking to the fragility of children in times of war.
Her art has won major fellowships and awards and was widely publicized. She is a recipient of grants and fellowships including the 2019 Colorado Creative Industries Career Advancement Grant, 2018 Moon and Stars Project Grant; 2018 Executive Level and 2017 Fellow for the Business Accelerator Program by the Clark Hulings Fund, 2018 Kristal Martı award by KALID; and the 2017 Tending Space Fellowship for Artists by Hemera Foundation. She is also an elected Member of the National Sculpture Society (NSS). As of 2019, she serves as a Board Member at the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder and a panelist at the Boulder Cultural Grants Program at the City of Boulder Office of Arts + Culture. Her work was widely publicized in Arttour International, Amplified Art Network, Fort Morgan Times, Pittsburgh Articulate, The Tribune Review, Les Femmes Folles, the Daily Camera, Chicago Reader, The Examiner and Reporter Herald.
Solo exhibitions of her work have been organized at the Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN (2020); BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, (2019); Helena Davis Gallery, Artspace, Richmond, VA, (2018); Arts/Harmony Hall, Fort Washington, MD; Light Space & Time Art Gallery; Dole Mansion, IL (2017); Memorial Hall Galleries, Chadron, NE (2016); CACE Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Morgan, CO (2015); Smith Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO (2014); Consortium816 Gallery, Denver, CO (2012); and Denver Performance Arts Complex, Denver, CO (2004).
Select group exhibitions featuring her work include Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Foundry Art Center, Saint Charles, MO; Pollak Gallery, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ (2018); Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, Central Washington University, WA; Core New Art Space, Denver, CO; Irving Arts Center, TX; Spark Gallery, Denver, CO; Ground Floor Gallery, Nashville, TN; Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD (2017); Brookgreen Gardens, SC; Maryland Federation of Art Summer Annex, Annapolis, MD; Core Annex Gallery, Denver, CO; Armaggan Galeries, Istanbul, Turkey (2016); Lacuna Galleries, Santa Fe, NM; Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO; Loveland Public Library Galleria, Loveland, CO; The Studio Door, San Diego, CA; Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA (2015); Open Studios, Boulder, CO (2014); Bunzl Gallery, Highlands, NC; Bell Studio Gallery, Denver, CO; Sculpture in the Park Show, Loveland, CO (2013); Women’s Works at Woodstock, IL; B.J. at the Spoke Gallery, New York; Hilton-Asmus Gallery, Chicago, IL; Littleton Museum, CO; SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL; Elinoff Gallery, Telluride CO (2012); Art at the River Market, Little Rock, AR; Rembrandt Yard Gallery, Boulder, CO (2011); and Event Gallery, Denver, CO (2009).