Washington, D.C. based artist Betsy Packard uses a variety saved materials in her work- and

often returns to themes of record-keeping and journaling, and to the idea that making and meditating on an art

object can bring about transformation. The process of working with these materials is as important as the finished work.

Packard attended Tulane University (MFA Painting) on a full fellowship. Packard exhibited at Galerie Simonne

Stern in New Orleans and installed a site piece for the 1977 inaugural exhibition, “Louisiana Environments,”

at the Contemporary Arts Center there.


Packard’s 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.  She was selected for Jane Addams Allen’s Visiting Critics Tour sponsored by Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD.  Reviews of her work have appeared in

The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Washington Review, The New Art Examiner, and Art Voices/South by writers Jane Addams Allen, Lee Fleming, Benjamin Forgey, Alice Thorsen, Richard Rubenfeld, Mary McCoy, JoAnn Lewis, Patrick Frank, Michael Welzenbach, and Michael O’Sullivan.  Packard served on the WPA Board of Directors from 1985-1987.

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