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Statement

The sculptures and installations I make incorporate lace, cast ceramic slip forms and mixed media. Over the years I have researched and developed a process of fabricating and casting “ceramic lace.” The use of lace is a very specific and personal choice. It began originally as an experiment, figuring out how to convey temporality and ethereality embodied in strong form. I wanted to evoke a tension between beauty, strength and fragility.

The majority of the slip cast objects I make take the shape of tools, architectural components, infrastructure and other functional objects. My interest has been to use functionality as a way to imagine interaction. As perforated lace forms, they are extracted from the background of life and brought forth to be experienced as delicate and textural. The surface treatments and colors reflect traditional styles of ceramic ware, the blue and white of delftware and china grounds them in the experience of familiarity and fragility. I have thought of them as being seductive in their beauty but also in their vulnerability. When creating them, I imagine them as bodies enduring stresses or holding the potential to be acted upon. Personally, creating this series has been a way to work through some of my creeping existential anxieties and emotions. For me, the sculptures embody a state of precarious balance. They can seem fragile but also daring and playful.

As my skills have evolved, so have my ideas and approaches. Recently, I have been incorporating rebar and wood to create new compositions. The industrial materials create context for these forms as performing structures, giving them space, weight and scale. Currently my interest is in developing large and abstracted ceramic objects in more complex arrangements. I am working toward making installations that evoke haptic experiences that are immersive in size and texture.



EDUCATION

2001        
MFA, Sculpture; Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

1997       
BFA Sculpture; Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota
BA Spanish Language; Minnesota State University
International Language Program Estudios Internacionales Sampere; Madrid, Spain


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019    
Forthcoming: Exhibition at The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI
                       Exhibition at Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 2018    
Forthcoming: Exhibition at Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
                       Art is My Weapon 2, Homewood Studios, North Minneapolis, MN
                       Group exhibition at Icosa Gallery, Austin, TX

 

2017    
Beyond the Canvas, Kolman and Pryor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Faculty, Emeritus, Alumni, 150!, Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN
Art is My Weapon, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Only Connect, AIR Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Organized by Alison Owen
Personals, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, New York, NY
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Haus Warming, De Chiara Projects, Stone Ridge, NY
Transitio, Edward J & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN.       Curated by Jason Ramey
New Members Exhibition, Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

 

2016
Present Tense, Two person exhibition, Marian Art Gallery, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI
Ancestors are So Yesterday, Biennial Faculty Exhibition. MCAD Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2015    
39 x 17, LaMama Galleria, New York, NY

2014    
Say / See, part of Bartertown: The Heather Hart Experience - The People’s Economy, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Among Your Moments: New Work by Betsy Alwin, No Globe Exhibition Space, Brooklyn NY
Art Park, 340 W. Broadway, New York, NY.  Curated by Laurie De Chiara

2013       
Generations IX, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Dialogue: Past, Present and Future, Group exhibition at TCNJ Art Gallery, Ewing, NJ
Chance and Warmth, Interactive Sculpture, Bartertown, Curated by Heather Hart, Brooklyn, New York

2012    
16th Annual Art Under the Bridge Festival, Dumbo Arts Center, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2011    
Faculty Exhibition, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey
Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, Massachusetts

2010    
Utica’s Utopia, Islip Art Museum (in conjunction with Sculpture Space), East Islip, New York
Buy What You Love, Jack Shainman Gallery (Rema Hort Mann Foundation), 513 W. 20th St. New York, New York
Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Betsy Alwin, Cobblestone Contemporary, Rochester, New York

2009    
Reaganography, No Globe Exibition Space, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Frank Meuschke
Flora, U.S. Botanical Garden, Washington, D.C.  
Quality Service, Cooper Union, New York, New York
Me, Myself and I, The College Gallery, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont

2008    
Cultivate, Berkshire Botanical Garden (In conjunction with Badlands, Mass MoCA), Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Curated by Denise Markonish
Generations 6, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York
12th Annual Art Under the Bridge Festival, Dumbo Arts Center, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Art and Environment, TCNJ Art Gallery, Ewing, New Jersey

2007    
This is That, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, New York, New York also the Choate House, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York.  Curated by Michelle Loughlin
Projects ’07, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York
Inner Limits, Solo show, UW Tacoma Gallery, 1742 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington

2006      
Figments of the Ordinary Life, Solo show, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York
Generations 5, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, New York
 

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS 

2009    
(Hole) Zero, Governor’s Island, New York, New York.  Organized by Figment

2005     
The Favorite Inventions, Onoden Elementary School, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, Japan

 

RESIDENCIES

2009     
Sculpture Space, Utica, New York

2008     
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

2001     
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, Maine

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2009     
Nominee, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant

2008     
Barbara White Fellowship Award to attend the Vermont Studio Center, Cooper Union, New York, New York

2006     
Fellowship Award, A.I.R. Gallery, 511 W. 25th Street, New York, New York

2005     
Commission Award, Public Art International Competition, Onoden Elementary School, Musashino-shi, Tokyo, Japan

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Locke, Steve.  Art and Everything After, “One Question:  Betsy Alwin,” January, 2014 http://artandeverythingafter.com/one-question-betsy-alwin/#respond

Field Projects. “Show #17 Top Ten selected by Benjamin Sutton,” December, 2013. http://www.fieldprojectsgallery.com/Index/show_17_Top10.html

Jordan, Elizabeth, "Sculpture Blooms in Botanic Garden," Roll Call: Around the Hill. June 1, 2009

Murry, Larry, "Cultivate, Eleven Commissioned Works for the Berkshire Botanical Gardens," Berkshire Fine Arts. May 18, 2008

Goleas, Janet, "Working the Rooms," Islip Art Museum, Aug. 2007. http://islipartmuseum.org/review09.html

Johnson, Paddy, "This is That at Pace University," Art F City, Dec. 3, 2007. http://www.artfagcity.com/2007/12/03/this-is-that-at-pace-university/

 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2015 - 2016
Adjunct Faculty, 3D Design, MCAD, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Adjunct Faculty, Advanced TIG Welding, Advanced GMAW, Advanced Blueprint Reading, Welding for Related Trades, Direct Metals, MCTC, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2013 - 2015      
Adjunct Faculty, Special Topics Sculpture: Bronze Casting, CUNY Queens College, New York

2013 - 2014      
Adjunct Faculty, Ceramics, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

2007 - 2014      
Adjunct Faculty, 3DD, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

2007 - 2012      
Adjunct Faculty, Conceptual Art, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

2005 – 2014       
Adjunct Faculty, Bronze casting, Cooper Union, New York, New York

2001 – 2013       
Technical Instructor, Metal Techniques, Cooper Union, New York, New York
Sculpture Technician, Cooper Union, New York, New York

2004 - 2005          
Adjunct Faculty, Drawing and Visualization, School of Architecture, New York Institute of Technology, New York, New York

2005 – 2006       
Dean, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine


TEACHABLE SKILLS

Woodworking, Sheet metal forming, Welding (MIG, TIG, Arc, and Oxy-Acetelyne), Hot metal casting, mold-making, plaster techniques, ceramics (hand building and throwing), vacuum forming, laser cutting, 3D modeling, Arduino, basic electronics, figure drawing, basic drawing


LECTURES

2015     
Presenting at 17, New York, New York.

2009     
Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont

2005     
Department of Craft/Material Studies, VCU, Richmond, Virginia
Sculpture Department, Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT + DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE

2014 - 2017     
G-60 Certificate of Fitness holder, torch use and flamable gas, Queens, New York

2014     
Panelist, “Ephemeral,” 102nd Annual CAA Conference, Chicago, Illinois

2013      
Panelist, “Loud, Expensive and Potentially Dangerous,”  FATE Conference, Savannah, Georgia
Curatorial project: Value Added:  Artists’ Perspectives on Worth, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey

2011     
Organized This. Is. Art student conceptual art exhibition, The College of New Jersey, Ewing,  New Jersey

2010 - 2011  
Served as head of negotiations committee, Union @ Cooper Union, New York, New York

2010
Attended Mediation training, NYSUT Annual Leadership Conference, Princeton-Forrestal Westin Hotel, Princeton, New Jersey
Attended Union Financial Management training, NYSUT Annual Leadership Conference, Princeton-Forrestal Westin Hotel, Princeton, New Jersey

2009      
Organized the Quality Service staff exhibition at The Cooper Union, New York, New York
Served on Panel review, Skowhegan School of Painting, New York, New York

2008     
Juror, Carriage House, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, New York      


MILITARY SERVICE

1996 - 2002     
Seargent E-5, Signal Battalion, 34th Infintry Brigade.  Honorable Discharge

1990 - 2002     
Enlisted, 134th Signal Battalion, 34th Infintry Brigade.