Matthew Beaufort

  • Associate Professor of Humanities
  • Associate Chair of the Department of Art
  • BA, Yale University, magna cum laude with Honors in the History of Art
  • MA, MA, Maharishi International University
  • Matthew Beaufort has taught at Maharishi University of Management for twenty-one years

Matthew Beaufort did two years of graduate work in the History of Consciousness PhD program at UC-Santa Cruz, specializing in art history.

During the last thirty years, he has explored connections between art and consciousness, including editing a 12-hour videotaped course and a book on Consciousness-Based Art Education, lecturing at other colleges, and presenting at professional conferences.

Matthew has led many art tours in Italy, England, France, China, and the United States. He enjoys engaging people to explore their perceptions, thoughts, and feelings about art. Through this inspiring process they refine their awareness and discover deeper dimensions of their consciousness, including the potential for higher states of consciousness.

He also teaches a course called The Spiritual Quest in Media, Myth, and the Self: The Hero and Heroine’s Journey as the Development of Consciousness which explores how the Quest Archetype can inspire, guide, and empower life.

Areas of expertise

  • Teaching art history and art appreciation in the light of a systematic and comprehensive understanding of consciousness based in Vedic knowledge

Background in the History of Art and Vedic Studies

  • 1969 Learned the Transcendental Meditation technique while a student at Yale University.
  • 1969-1973 Studied the knowledge of Transcendental Meditation and yoga asanas on several weekend retreats.
  • 1971 Studied art history and Italian language and culture for a semester in Florence, Italy.
  • 1973 Graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with Honors in the History of Art; wrote a 100-page thesis on art and consciousness under the direction of Dr. Sheldon Nodelman.
  • 1973 Took a one-month teacher training course on the Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s science of consciousness, at the University of Maine at Orono.
  • 1973 Studied Vedic knowledge with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Valbella, Switzerland and Vittel, France, in a three-month intensive course to become a Teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program and yoga asanas.
  • 1974-77 Taught the Science of Creative Intelligence and the Transcendental Meditation program in Ohio and Oklahoma and gave lectures on art and consciousness.
  • 1974-1977 Attended five 6-week Advanced Training Courses for Teachers of Transcendental Meditation.
  • 1975 Edited scripts for a ten-hour videotaped course on art and consciousness by Michael Cain at Maharishi International University (MIU) in Fairfield, Iowa. Rewrote the two lectures on the history of Western art.
  • 1976 Lectured on art history at MIU and served as a Course Leader for two Phase I Teacher Training Courses in the Transcendental Meditation program.
  • 1977-78 Took a two-month intensive course to learn the TM-Sidhi program, an advanced meditation program to accelerate the development and integration of body, mind, and consciousness.
  • 1978-1980 Served as a lecturer and research assistant in art history at MIU. Gained an MA in Higher Education Administration (Curriculum and Instruction Track) from MIU.
  • 1980-1982 Taught three sections a week of art history courses while completing five quarters of graduate work in the History of Consciousness PhD program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Final research project: “Art History and Art Criticism: The Role of Consciousness in the Interpretation of Art.” This research and course work is the equivalent of a master’s degree.
  • 1983 Studied Vedic knowledge while participating in extensive group meditation programs at MIU to accelerate the development of consciousness.
  • 1983 Studied Vedic knowledge with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on a 6-week assembly at MIU.
  • 1984 Served as Group Leader for a team of Teachers of Transcendental Meditation in Oklahoma.
  • 1985 Studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the World Assembly on Vedic Science in Washington, D.C.
  • 1985-1986 Taught world cultures and art appreciation to seniors at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa.
  • 1987-1990 Wrote and edited academic and promotional videotapes for the MIU Video Magazine, and served as Managing Editor for a booklet of scientific research on the TM program.
  • 1987-1990 Gained an MA in Maharishi Vedic Science from MIU with a final research project on the interpretation of art in the light of a holistic understanding of consciousness.
  • 1991-2013 Taught courses in art history, art appreciation, and cultural history at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), including Understanding Art, Prehistoric to Medieval Art, Renaissance to Contemporary Art, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art, Traditions of World Art, Western Civilization, World Civilizations, World Religions, Creativity and Consciousness, the Spiritual Quest in Media and Myth, and the Science and Technology of Consciousness.
  • 1992 Delivered a public lecture series on art appreciation.
  • 1993 Taught a four-hour public seminar sponsored by the University of Tulsa Art Department on art, creativity, and the development of consciousness.
  • 1993 Studied Vedic knowledge during a two-month assembly in Washington, D.C.
  • 1993-1994 Served as editor of the newsletter for F.A.T.E. (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education), a national association of teachers of art and art history which is affiliated with the CAA (the College Art Association).
  • 1994 Led a tour of Italy sponsored by MIU’s Division of Continuing Education. Lectured on art and consciousness at educational centers in Florence and Verona.
  • 1994 Lectured on art appreciation and led a cultural tour to the Kansas City Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
  • 1994 Created educational videotapes for MIU’s Division of Continuing Education, including “Art: The Mirror of Consciousness” (on the MIU Video Magazine).
  • 1995 Presented at the F.A.T.E. national conference in St. Louis, “Developing Consciousness as the Foundation for the Study of Art.”
  • 1995 Led two cultural tours to a Monet exhibit in Chicago.
  • 1995 Led a cultural tour to Italy.
  • 1995 Named Associate Chair of the Art Department at MUM.
  • 1996 Led a cultural tour to Paris and London.
  • 1997 Led a panel at the F.A.T.E. national conference “Strategies to Overcome Stress, Avoid Burnout, and Awaken Creativity.” Also spoke on another panel exploring alternative approaches to art history, on “Interpreting Art as an Expression of Consciousness.”
  • 1997 Led a cultural tour to Chicago focusing on the Renoir exhibit. Gave a public lecture, “Renoir: Portraits of the Heart,” which has been shown repeatedly on cable TV.
  • 1998 Studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Holland during a faculty development seminar on applying Vedic Science to education.
  • 1998 Lectured at Iowa Wesleyan College on Renoir.
  • 1998 Taught two seminars sponsored by the Art Academy of Cincinnati, “Art, Creativity and Meditation,” and “Art in the East and West: Understanding Art and the History of Art as an Expression of Consciousness.”
  • 1998 Gave three public lectures on art and consciousness in the Cincinnati area, including at an Italian cultural institute (videotaped for cable TV).
  • 1998 Co-authored an article, “The Holistic Education of Artists through Maharishi Vedic Science: Unfolding the Infinite Reservoir of Creativity in Individual Awareness,” for the journal Modern Science and Vedic Science.
  • 1999 Led a panel at the national F.A.T.E. conference, “Exploring New Principles for the Holistic Education of Artists: Developing the Artist’s Awareness as the Foundation for Art.”
  • 1999 Led a cultural tour to Italy.
  • 1999 Organized and taught a month-long study-abroad program in Italy for MUM.
  • 2000 Lectured at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, on “Art and Consciousness, East and West.”
  • 2000 Organized a public lecture series and led a tour to Chicago focusing on the art of India.
  • 2001 Lectured at the Muscatine Art Center in Muscatine, Iowa on “Mandalas in Art: Universal Symbols of Wholeness.”
  • 2001 Lectured at Southeastern Community College on “Angels in Art.”
  • 2002 Led two cultural tours, one to Paris, focusing on Impressionism, and one to Dubrovnik, Croatia, highlighting spiritual art and architecture.
  • 2002 Led a cultural tour to Chicago on Italian Renaissance art.
  • 2002 Led tours to Grinnell College on Renaissance art and to the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art on Grant Wood.
  • 2004-2009 Taught at MUM’s program in Beijing, China, three months a year. Courses included world art, Western civilization, cross-cultural communication, and the Science and Technology of Consciousness.
  • 2004-2009 Gave art tours to hundreds of people of major exhibits of Western and Eastern art in Beijing.
  • 2006 Edited the English for a book on Chinese art and artifacts, Things Chinese.
  • 2008 Served as a Keynote Speaker at the 19th Annual Convention for the Modernization of the I-Ching, Anyang, China. An expanded version of the talk, “Vedic Science: Developing Total Brain Functioning to Directly Experience the Essence of Tao and I-Ching, the Unified Field of All the Laws of Nature,” was published in both English and Chinese in the conference book.
  • 2008 Lectured on “Goddesses and Female Archetypes in Art,” at ICON Gallery in Fairfield, Iowa.
  • 2009 Spoke at the World Universities Forum in Mumbai, India, on “Developing Total Brain Functioning for Enlightenment: The Practical Application of Quantum Physics, Tao, and Maharishi Vedic Science.”
  • 2009 Lectured on “Durga in Indian Art” and “Archetypes of the Divine Mother in Indian and World Art” as part of an MUM continuing education course on Vedic Devata in the Human Physiology.
  • 2009 Led an artistic and spiritual pilgrimage to sites in Italy, Bosnia, and Turkey.
  • 2010 Delivered a series of twelve lectures on “Art: The Mirror of Consciousness” as part of a continuing education course at MUM. Topics included transcendence in these areas: painting, sculpture, architecture, Christian art, and Indian art.
  • 2010 Gave a lecture, “Individual and Universal Love in Art” at ICON Gallery in Fairfield, Iowa.
  • 2009-2011 Edited a 500-page book on Consciousness-Based Art Education published by MUM Press, including writing the Introduction, co-authoring the lead article, “Consciousness-Based Art Education: Developing the Infinite Creativity of Every Student,” and rewriting several chapters.
  • 2011-2012 Wrote a book on the spiritual quest for sacred architecture that involved interviewing people who have envisioned sacred architecture and retelling their stories. This book was privately published and distributed.
  • 2013 Led five tours of a major exhibit on the art of Mucha at the National Czech-Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • 2013 Received an Award of Appreciation for outstanding teaching from MUM students.
  • 2013 Promoted to Associate Professor of Humanities.
  • 2013 Lectured on “Art: A Mirror of Consciousness” at TM Centers in Boston, Providence, New Haven, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.
  • 2013 Gave private tours at MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Frick Collection in New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Gardner Museum in Boston; the RISD Museum in Providence; the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven; and the National Gallery and the Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., including the exhibit Yoga: The Art of Transformation.

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June 28, 2017