Betty Woodman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Elizabeth "Betty" Woodman
Elizabeth Abrahams

(1930-05-14)May 14, 1930
DiedJanuary 2, 2018(2018-01-02) (aged 87)
EducationSchool for American Craftsmen (Alfred University)
Alma materAlfred University
Known forPottery
Home townNorwalk, Connecticut

Elizabeth "Betty" Woodman (née Abrahams; May 14, 1930 – January 2, 2018) was an American ceramic artist.

Betty Woodman was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and she attended the School for American Craftsmen at Alfred University in New York from 1948 until 1950[1]. She began her career in the 1950s as a production potter. Her career moved from functional pottery to fresh and exuberant art culminating in a retrospective show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2006 [2] and a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London in 2016 with the very appropriate title Theatre of the Domestic.[3] She taught for thirty years at the University of Colorado sharing her energy for ceramics with her students.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Woodman's awards and honors include:[5]


Woodman has exhibited at museums and galleries in the US and internationally, including:


Woodman's work is included in public collections, including:

Other contributions[edit]

In the 1991 documentary Thinking Out Loud, Woodman is interviewed by curator and painter John Perreault. In 2006 the monograph, Betty Woodman,[19] was produced in conjunction with her retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it includes curatorial essays by Janet Koplos, Barry Schwabsky, and Arthur Danto.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Benezit Dictionary of Artists.
  2. ^ a b "The Art of Betty Woodman | The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  3. ^ a b "Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  4. ^ a b Betty Woodman. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum. 1996. p. 7. ISBN 9050061117. OCLC 37297410.
  5. ^, Familiar. "Betty Woodman - Salon 94". Salon94. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  6. ^ "Honorary Degrees, University Medals and Distinguished Service Awards Full List A-Z". University of Colorado. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  7. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients|1990-2016" (PDF). Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Masters: Betty Woodman". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  9. ^ Betty Woodman : February 16-April 14, 2002, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Sedalia, Missouri: Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. 2002.
  10. ^ "Pillow Pitcher". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  11. ^ "Betty Woodman | Deco Lake Shore | The Met". The Metropolitan Museum of Art, i.e. The Met Museum. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  12. ^ "Betty Woodman | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  13. ^ "Whitney Museum of American Art: Betty Woodman". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  14. ^ "Artist Info". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  15. ^ Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Diptych Vases, Orpheus". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  16. ^ "Pillow Vase | Woodman, Betty | V&A Search the Collections". Retrieved 2016-05-02.
  17. ^ Woodman, Betty. "Betty Woodman, "Cup With Gondola, 1982," Minneapolis Institute of Art". Retrieved Mar 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Betty Woodman, "Urn, c. 1985," Minneapolis Institute of Art". Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  19. ^ Woodman, Betty (2006-01-01). Betty Woodman. Monacelli Press. ISBN 9781580931687.


  • The Ceramics of Betty Woodman, exhibition catalogue, Freedman Gallery, Albright College,Reading, 1986.
  • Berlind, Robert: Betty Woodman: Between Sculpture and Painting, exhibition catalogue, Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1999.
  • Danto, Arthus C/Koplos, Janet/Schwabsky, Barry: Betty Woodman, Monacelli Press, New York, 2006.

External links[edit]