Beatriz Wallace

Beatriz Wallace

Learn | Develop | Teach | Make

Durham, North Carolina

Beatriz Wallace

Teacher. Developer. Artist.

Profesional Profile

I'm an MFA student and Digital Humanities Assistant at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. I care deeply about studio art, creative non-fiction, design and computer science. I like nature, 16th and 17th century illustrations, Discrete Mathematics and hanging out in libraries on rainy Saturday nights. I like solving problems, learning new things and sunshine.


Studio Art

Works in Progress

I am currently focused on a body of work that honors the craft and history of printmaking, dance, line and illustration. The technical components I explore include the Arduino Lily Pad and sensors, JavaScript and the Creative Suite. I'm interested in the relationship between body and mind, the mechanisms which signal physiological responses, and the process by which we regulate our emotions in order to remain present.

These things inspire me

Trisha Browne: So That the Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing

"Redirection and disorientation come to characterize her approach to drawing. Brown consistently tries to complicate or confuse her own perception when working on paper - whether by closing her eyes in the repetitive "butterfly" drawings she made during the 1990s while listening to Bach, or when she actually lies down on the paper during It's a Draw so that she is too close to the surface to discern the entire image."

Poem of the Pillow and Other Stories by Utamaro, Hokusai, Kuniyoshi and other artists of the Floating World

"The term ukiyo is of Buddhist derivation and originality defined the condition of impermanence associated with everyday life and its attachments. But in the seventeenth century, this meaning was turned on its head and the same word came to signify and value the fleeting pleasures of parties, fashion, the theatrical world, mercenary love, clandestine passion and the ephemeral - in other words, of those very attachments that Buddhist doctrine warned against."

The Woodcut Artists's Handbook

I mean, really, the title says it all. "Techniques and Tools or Relief Printmaking."

Conceptual Art by Tony Godfrey

"Conceptual art is not about forms or materials, but about ideas and meanings. It cannot be defined in terms of any medium or style, but rather by the way it questions what art is. In particular, Conceptual art challenges the traditional status of the art object as unique, collectable or saleable."

Where the Heart Beats by Kay Larson (On John Cage)

"It is nothing that goes on and on without beginning middle or meaning or ending. Something is always starting and stopping, rising and falling. The nothing that goes on is what Feldman speaks of when he speaks of being sub-merged in silence. The ac-ceptance of death is the source of all life." - Lecture on Something by John Cage

Single Mothers and Absent Fathers by Justin Townes Earle

Played loudly on gray October mornings. "Sure I get lonely, but a whole lot has changed. Yours is the first voice I've heard in days. But mama if you don't mind can we talk about something else? The kind of hurt that takes a rainy day and hurts that much more."

I take pleasure seriously


English and Photography

I studied non-fiction writing and Romantic Poetry. I was a breastroker.

Amherst College

2000 - 2004

Visual Studies

I received an MA in Photojournalism.

University of Missouri - Columbia

2005 - 2007


Front-end developer / visual designer

I work with researchers at the Duke University Franklin Humanities Institute to visualize and publish information for a global audience.

Duke University

August - Present

Visiting Professor

I worked as a full-time professor in the Journalism and Multimedia Arts Department.

Duquesne University

2012 - 2014

Digital Storytelling as a Trauma Narrative Intervention for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (Chapter 8)

Video and Filmmaking as Psychotherapy: Research and Practice Edited by Joshua L. Cohen and J. Lauren Johnson

Publication available for pre-order, releases February 25th, 2015

"This chapter presents digital storytelling (DS) as a trauma narrative intervention, in the context of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, for children exposed to domestic violence who received mental health services at a rural domestic violence agency. In this work, we sought to better understand the individual and collective benefits of the various elements of DS (i.e., digital images, text, audio narration, and music). In doing so, we provide mental health clinicians with practical information on narrative development to use in their own practices. Our project findings indicated that DS is a powerful tool to help children process their traumatic experiences."

How to Use Blended Learning to Get Over Not Knowing: PBS MediaShift

Published August 26, 2014

"When I was a junior at Amherst College I went to a lecture by alumnus and photographer Steve Schapiro who prolifically documented the civil rights movement. Schapiro was 69 years old when he spoke to us. He said that we should practice one thing really well: accepting change. Change. Change. Change..."

Zacuto Young Filmmaker Series

Series of 5 essays commisioned by Zacuto

And I don’t just mean know. I mean this: Turn it on as loud as you can get it. Then get down on the floor and jam your ear as close into the loudspeakers as you can get it and stay there, breathing as lightly as possible, and not moving and neither eating nor smoking nor drinking. Concentrate everything you can into your hearing and into your body. You won’t hear it nicely. If it hurts you, be glad of it. As near as you will ever get, you are inside the music; not only inside it, you are it; your body is no longer your shape and substance, it is the shape and substance of the music. James Agee said this of Beethoven in 1939 in his classic Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. The same could be said of these five storytellers...

Call me on the telephone

Or let's have coffee and tea.

I also like Joni Mitchell and home cooked meals.