Betsy Packard

Betsy Packard creates sculptures, paintings and assemblages of quiet inherent power. She uses homely, unassuming objects which possess the embodied history of their owners such as used saved clothing and household linens. The strong simple shapes of the garments provide a foundation for the meditative, repetitive process of hand sewing, suggestive of the melted wax technique, one brushstroke at a time, that she has used in her paintings since the late 1970s.

Packard’s work was first exhibited in “Louisiana Environments”, the 1977 Inaugural exhibition at the CAC in New Orleans. Recently, her work was selected for a two-person exhibition at the American University Museum. Other venues include the WPA, Anton Gallery, MPA, Curator’s Office,and Gallery 10, Washington, DC; Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, NY and The Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA. She earned her MFA from Tulane University and BFA at the University of Illinois.

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