Charles Beck


Artist Charles Beck was one of the first five faculty members hired by President Wesley Waage in 1960 to realize the vision of a two-year liberal arts college at what was then Fergus Falls Community College. For 28 years he taught classes in art history, drawing, painting and lettering. Beck instilled an appreciation for art in his students and his co-workers. Working side by side with students and his colleagues, he also helped plant the hundreds of trees that now grace the campus.

Even after his retirement in 1987, Beck continued to shape the visual environment on the campus, and his legacy is evident through the college’s permanent art collection. He inspired, saved and procured many magnificent works of art for the collection – from invitational shows and special exhibits, from his own work and the work of colleagues, and by encouraging students and friends to give their work to the college.

In 2007, M State Fergus Falls honored Beck with the naming of the Charles Beck Gallery in Legacy Hall. At the time, Fergus Area College Foundation raised funds to purchase many of Beck’s works, giving M State the most extensive collection of Beck’s artwork.