BETTY BLAYTON

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Born 1937, Williamsburg, Virginia. Her father was a medical doctor.

Education

1964-70 Brooklyn Museum School with Sculptor Minoria Nizuma
1960-62 The Art Student League with Arnold Prince
1961 City College of New York summer, Educational Psychology and other Education Courses.
1959 Graduated from Syracuse University, Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Major Collections

Blayton has established a distinguished career as an exhibiting artist nationally and internationally. Her works are represented in the collections of: The Metropolitan Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Uniworld, Advertising Corporation, The Phillip Morris Corporation, Fisk University, Spellman College, Virginia State College, Tugaloo College, David Rockefeller, Blanchette Rockefeller, Reginald Lewis, Byron Lewis, Bettina Hunter, Evelyn Cunningham and The Burgess Fine Arts Collection.

Selected Exibitions 2004 - 1989

2004 "Something to Look Forward To" Featuring 22 distinguished Abstract Artist of African Americans descents who have been exhibiting for at least three decades. Sponsored by the Phillips Museum of art @ Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster Pennsylvania.
2001-2003 UFA Gallery, NY.
2001 NCA's International Conference Exhibition at the National Museum, Accra, Ghana.
2001 NCA, Masters Exhibition, Schomburg Library, Gallery, NY.
2000, '98 & '97 Cinque Gallery, NY.
1994 Pace College, NY / One Woman
1993 Syracuse University's Luben House Gallery, NYC.
1990 Isabel Neal Gallery' Chicago Illinois, One Woman
1989 Bedford Stuyvesant Gallery, Brooklyn, One Woman.

Sample Publications and Media Representation

"Something to Look Foward To" Exhibit Catalog, Franklin & Marshall College, 2004.
"Collecting African American Art" by Helema Taha. Crown Publishers 1998
"African-American Art: The Long Struggle by Crystal Britton" New York Todtri Book Publishers, 1996.
"Forever Free", University of Illinois Press 1981
"Five Black Artist" Film - Romare Bearden, Betty Blayton, Barbara Chase, Richard Hunt.

Blayton has also played major roles as a Founding Member of: The Children's Art Carnival in Harlem, The studio Museum in Harlem and Harlem Textile Works, Inc.

Giclee (pronounced Gi-Clay) Editions

French word used for Ink Jet artists prints. These prints are taken from Monoprints (meaning one of a kind). The productions were supervised by the artist and are true to the original monoprint. They are printed with archival inks, lab tested to last 100 years or longer and the paper is Archices, which is among the finest of artist papers. They are collectable in limited editions which will not exceed 100 copies.

The intent of Betty's work is two fold:

"The first is personal, because the act of creating art works allow me opportunities for meditation and self-reflective thoughts related to life's mysteries and the meaning of being and becoming."

"The second is to hopefully provide my viewers with opportunities to also engage in meditation and self-reflective thought."

"I am deeply interested in metaphysical principles, all aspects of religion, mythology and the science of mind. The act of creating, as in painting and print-making, allows the exploration of techniques for the creation of mood and mind set changes much as in sound and music. The silent two-dimensional image as in abstractions is non-intrusive and allows the individual viewer opportunities to bring forth his/her own individual subconscious thoughts and feelings."