Alison Beam-Hindman gained an appreciation for nature on the farm where she grew up in Northwest Indiana and from her father who sparked her early interest in the science of astronomy by pointing out stars by name in the clear, night skies. Beam-Hindman holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University North Central and a Master of Arts from Ball State University.
A self-taught painter, Alison found more time for her hobby after retiring from Ivy Tech Community College East Central. She joined the Muncie Artists Guild in 2015 and credits the other members with providing mentoring and friendship that she needed to hone her skills as an artist.
In competition with astrographic photographers, Beam-Hindman’s painting, “A Closer Look…”, won 2nd place for Imaging and also won the Judge’s Choice Award at the Great Lakes Astronomical League’s competition. Alison’s triptych paintings of Comet McNaught won first place for Imaging at the Annual Indiana Family Star Party in Frankfort, IN. Her acrylic paintings and one photograph have also won awards at the Muncie Artists Guild’s Annual Shows.
Beam-Hindman’s lifelong interest in astronomy and space exploration inspires much of her work as do space artists Chesley Bonestell, David Hardy and astronaut/artist Alan Bean. Beam-Hindman is also a charter member of the Muncie Astronomy Club since 2000 and is active in the Club’s community outreach program on science education
New Horizons Mission to Pluto 20”x24” acrylics on canvas gifted to Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck in appreciation for his work with the Muncie, Indiana Astronomy Club.
“Keep Looking Up”.
Alison with her painting of one of several electrical boxes around town. She is with her service dog, Shiloh, at the corner of Macedonia and 26th Street in Muncie.
2021 MAG Annual Show Award Recipient
Gee Thanks! Photography