Artist Betsy Packard has a background in painting and sculpture, but has long used the everyday common or special saved object as material to create objects of quiet inherent power. Portability, conservation, thrift--and working on a larger scale--have led to recent works in fabric. Saved clothing and household linens retain the embodied history of their owners-thus possess intrinsic aura. The strong simple shapes of the garments provide a foundation for the vital, meditative, repetitive process of hand sewing she is compelled to engage--similar to her process in the 80‘s---making paintings with melted wax, one brushstroke at a time. Form, means of construction, and surface ideally convey the intention of the work and give it emotional weight.

     In New Orleans Packard ( Tulane University MFA Painting), Packard exhibited at Galerie Simonne

Stern and installed a site piece for the 1977 inaugural exhibition, “Louisiana Environments,” at the Contemporary Arts Center there.

     Her work has been shown most recently in “Geometrix: Line, Form, Subversion ,” at Curator’s Office, D.C., The Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, CUNY, New York, and at The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in “Outliers: Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard.” She has exhibited at the West Hubbard Gallery in Chicago, The Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, and in the D.C. metro area at the Washington Project for the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, the District of Columbia Arts Center, Maryland Art Place, Anton Gallery, and Gallery 10. Packard received Visual Artist’s Grants from the Maryland State Arts Council in 1988 and 1991. 

     Reviews of her work have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Washington Review, The New Art Examiner, and the Art Voices/South and Times-Picayune. Packard served on the WPA Board of Directors from 1985-1987.

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