August 26, 2013
New Betty Gold Sculpture to be Installed on Campus
Mary Baldwin College, 08/26/2013
Liesel Crosier


New Betty Gold Sculpture to be Installed on Campus
Mary Baldwin College, 08/26/2013
Liesel Crosier

From October 7 to November 1 the exhibition “Betty Gold: Edge, Color, Movement” will be on view at Mary Baldwin College’s Hunt Gallery. Gold’s creative works include a diverse range of media. Organized by the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University in New York, “Edge, Color, Movement” features a selection of her geometric serigraphs (silkscreen prints). These works are from three portfolios produced in California in the early 1970s “Arrows,” “Holistic Images,” and “Surprise Packages.” Gold’s artwork is defined by brilliant color and strong directional shapes. The serigraphs featured in this exhibition accentuate the bold, graphic style for which Gold is known, and they reflect her interest in form, motion, and space.

Gold’s large-scale steel sculptures grace public and private spaces all over the world and Mary Baldwin is proud to have three of them on its campus. The most recent one to become part of the college’s collection is a gracious gift from Gold to the school: a four-part Corten steel sculpture entitled “Chodo IX” that will be installed in mid-September near the entrance to Francis Auditorium.

Gold’s sculptures are angular and sharp without sacrificing a sense of movement and liveliness. With surfaces finished in rich mono-chromed color or left raw to rust to a velvety patina, the bold simplicity of her geometric work is beautifully suited for display in open public spaces. Gold’s sculptures are featured at sculpture parks, university campuses, and city centers such as Baylor University in Texas; City de Bratislava, Slovakia; City of Palo Alto, California; Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina; Fitzgerald’s Park, Ireland; Hartwood Acre Park in Pennsylvania; Northern Illinois University in Illinois; Purdue University in Indiana; The Ronald Reagan California State Building in California; Virginia Commonwealth Universityin Richmond; and the Walker Hill Art Center in Seoul, South Korea.

With her home and studio in Venice, California, Gold has traveled extensively, studying and lecturing around the world. Her work has been collected and widely exhibited at museums and galleries across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia. Gold was born in 1935 in Austin, Texas, and attended the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating with a major in elementary education and a minor in art history, she apprenticed with sculptor Octavio Medillan in Dallas. Medillan (1907–1999) was a renowned sculptor, educator, and founder of the Medellin School of Sculpture in Mendocino, California, where he taught students in a variety of sculptural media.

Gold was honored with a major retrospective exhibition in 2005 at the Casal Solleric Museum in Palma, Spain. “Betty Gold — 35 Years of Sculpture” filled 10 rooms of the historic castle. Other artists presented at the Casal Solleric Museum include Columbian artist Fernando Botero (b. 1932) and Mexican painter Frida Kahlo de Rivera (1907–1954). Recent international exhibitions were mounted at the United States Embassy Invitational in Merida, Mexico; the Biennale in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; and three exhibitions in California at the University of California Art Museum, Santa Barbara, The Buschlenmowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Major museums housing her work include the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Art Museum of South Texas; Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama; Civica Galleria d’ Arte Moderna, Gallarate, Italy; Georgia Museum of Art; Hawaii State Foundation of the Arts, Hawaii; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina, Madrid, Spain; New Orleans Museum of Art; New York University; the Oakland Museum; and the Palm Springs Desert Museum.

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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