Betty Branch, 2016 Guest Artist

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Betty Branch earned both her BA and MA in Studio Art from Hollins University. Proficient in both Painting and Sculpture, Betty served as an apprentice to acquire technical skills at Miles and Generalis Sculpture Services in Philadelphia, and then embarked on periods of independent study to expand and reinforce her knowledge of art history and art techniques in Greece, Italy, and the Bahamas. She spent a portion of many years working at Nicoli Studios in Carrara, Italy. And notably, she was the only American Exhibitor invited to the first Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine in Paris, 1990.

For over forty years, Betty Branch has focused on the female form and defined female rites of passage in bronze, stone, fiber, ceramic, terra cotta, earthenware, and straw. Branch’s award winning art has been exhibited internationally and has been the subject of television documentary. Her works, from small to monumental, are in private, corporate, university, and museum collections. Branch has produced a number of commissioned sculptures and mounted numerous solo and group exhibitions, including New York’s Annual International Art Exposition, and the Brookgreen Gardens Invitational, SC.
Artemis looks forward to featuring the works of Betty Branch in the 2016 Artemis Journal as our guest artist. One of her most famous works is “The Dancer”, is in the art collection of the Taubman Museum and will be on display at the Taubman Museum’s launch celebration for Artemis on May 6th. See the pink marble piece, “The Dancer” in the lead photo at the top of this post. Betty Branch owns and operates a studio and gallery at 123 Norfolk Avenue SW, in Roanoke, Virginia in the city’s downtown historic warehouse district.

For more information go to her website:
www.bettybranch.com

This years launch will be held at the Taubman Museum and is sponsored by the Roanoke Arts Commission and the Taubman Museum

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