Deborah Beck has held 17 solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne, has participated in group exhibitions throughout Australia, and has been a finalist in the Dobell prize for drawing, the Sulman prize, the Portia Geach memorial award, and the Blake prize. She studied at the National Art School in the 1970s and received a Master of Arts (history) at the University of Sydney in 2010. She has taught in art schools in Sydney for over twenty years is currently a drawing lecturer, historian, collections manager and archivist at the National Art School. She has co-curated four major exhibitions in the NAS Gallery.
Deborah Beck is also an author and her first book Hope in Hell – a History of Darlinghurst Gaol and the National Art School, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2005. Her second book Set in Stone: the Cell Block Theatre was published by UNSW press in April 2011, and won a NSW Premier’s History award in 2012. Her third book, Rayner Hoff: the life of a sculptor will be published in March 2017.