Rocks and Snow - Edward Betts

Edward Betts, 1957

(1920 - 2008) Edward H. Betts was a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Watercolor Society, and was a professor emeritus of art at the University of Illinois. He held a BA degree in History of Art from Yale University and an MFA in painting from the University of Illinois. Born in 1920 and brought up in Yonkers, he attended summer sessions at the Art Students League from 1935 to 1942, and as a full-time student there from 1946 to 1948, joining the University of Illinois School of Art and Design in 1949.

Betts has been represented in virtually every important national exhibition, including major surveys of contemporary American painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as other national exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, Denver Art Museum, San Francisco Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. His paintings have been included in international exchange exhibitions in Japan, Brazil, England, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.

He has received more than seventy exhibition awards, is a three-time winner of the First Altman Landscape Prize at the National Academy of Design and seven awards at the American Watercolor Society, including two Silver Medals of Honor. His work is represented in sixty public and corporate collections, such as the Fogg Museum of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Portland (Me.) Museum of Art, Upjohn Pharmaceutical Company, Continental Grain Company, Prudential Life Insurance Company, and Tupperware International.

He has written Master Class in Watercolor, Creative Landscape Painting, Creative Seascape Painting and Master Class in Water Media, a revision of the earlier Master Class, all published by Watson Guptill.
H 22'' X W 30''

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