Bedgood creates multi-media works that reflect her questioning of the duality of human nature. She received a BFA in painting and art history from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, mixed media sculpture and art history. Grants include Visiting Artist Residencies at the American Academy in Rome and a Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. Other grants include New Forms Regional Initiatives Grant (funded by the Rockefeller and Andy Warhol Foundation and NEA); a MAAA / NEA Award in Sculpture, and an Art Matters Inc. Grant. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Recent exhibitions include participation in the group show “Texas Sculpture: A Panoramic View” at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, and solo shows “Book of Hours: Intervention” at Blue Star Art Space in San Antonio, Hanover College in Indiana, and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. A two person show “The Conversation: Piecemeal” with Steve Wiman at UTexas San Antonio Satellite Space focused on new work, as well as re-contextualization. “Landmines & Poppies” was part of “Texas Sequels” at the National Painting School in Athens, Greece, which traveled to Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her love book was added to “Let’s talk about love, baby: Love Book Project” at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in the spring 2012. She has exhibited work at the Austin Museum of Art, San Antonio Museum of Art, Women & Their Work Gallery, Lawndale Art Center, Blue Star Art Space, as well as alternative spaces in the U.S. Reviews include the New York Times, The New Art Examiner, High Performance, Sculpture, Art Lies, CNN on line, NPR.
Bedgood has a history of involvement with art in the public realm, with work included in The Art of Placemaking. She engaged the public with “Contagion: Measles, Influenza, Smallpox,” soap cast in the form of communicable diseases, which was distributed in rest rooms at the University of Texas El Paso as part of the Visiting Artist Program. Her work for the City of Austin includes: “San Jacinto & Second Street: Currency,” “Community Screen: Charms” at the Northwest Recreation Center, “Texas-Mythology-Reality” at Austin Bergstrom International Airport, “Botanical Paintings” Austin Convention Center, “Community Quilt Mosaics” with Steve Wiman S. Austin Senior Activity Center, “Zilker Park Playscape Designs” Austin. She was an Art Consultant for GS&C Architects for the City of Austin Waller Creek Project. She is currently working on “Presence & Absence: Layers of Identity, Summer Creek Roundabout” and a Master Plan for the Summer Creek Corridor in Fort Worth. She has designed two memorials: “evolution” for the University of Texas Tower Garden, and “Milagro Doors” for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate San Antonio. Bedgood has served as Chair of and Panelist for the Art in Public Places Program for the City of Austin.
As an educator, Bedgood has been adjunct faculty or visiting artist at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Texas State University in San Marcos, Southwestern University and at Austin Community College. She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas.