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Betty Blayton Curriculum Vitae:


Born in Williamsburg Virginia in 1937


"Blayton's artwork is coded in the metaphysical. The sphere included in many of her works refers to wholeness, the relationship between man and nature in the most ultimate sense. Thus, her works serve as a gateway to higher spiritual levels" Crystal A. Britton, African-American Art: The Long Struggle (New York Todtri Book Publishers, 1996)



Major Collections:


Blayton has established a distinguished career as an exhibiting artist nationally and internationally. Her works are represented in such collections as: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Prints. The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Uniworld Advertising Corporation, Phillip Morris Corporation, Fisk University, Nashville Tennessee, Spellman College, Atlanta GA. Virginia State College, Norfolk, VA.Tugaloo College, Mississippi, Sidney Poitier, David Rockefeller, Blanchet Rockefeller, Ron &Janet Carter, Reginald Lewis, Byron Lewis, Bettina Hunter and Evelyn Cunningham. (Partial listing) William Burges



Sample Exhibitions 1989-2015


Solo Exhibitions:


2010: William Burgess Fine Arts, New York, New York,

2009: The Mackey Twins, Mt. Vernon, New York

2008: Strivers Garden Gallery, New York, New York

2008: Essie Green Gallery, New York, New York

2008: Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, New York, New York

2006: Norfolk State University, Harrison B. Wilson Archives Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia

2005: Smithfield Cultural Center, Smithfield, Virginia

1994: Pace College, New York, New York

1993: Syracuse University's Luben House Gallery, Syracuse, New York

1990: Isabel Neal Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

1989: Bedford Stuyvesant Skylight Gallery, Gallery, Brooklyn, New York


Group Exhibitions:


2015: "Many Rivers" Saratoga Arts Center - Saratoga Springs, New York

2012: The International Center, “Art of the 5” a shout out from the Bronx, New York

2012: The Arsenal Gallery Exhibition, New York, New York

2012; Schomburg Library, Gallery/NCA, Women’s show, New York, New York 

2012: The Dwyer Gallery, New York, New York

2012: William Jennings Gallery at Kenkelaba House, New York, New York

2011: Macy Art Gallery, Art Cart, Saving the Legacy, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York                                         2010 : Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, New York

2010:  Artcurian Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2008: “ Blue” New York State Museum – Albany, New York

2007: “Daughters of the House of Light” Hammond House Museum, Atlanta, Georgia 

2005: “Master Print Makers" Synchronicity Fine Arts Gallery, New York, New York

2004: "Creating Their Own Image – African-American Women Artists”, Parsons School of Design's Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, New               York, New York

2004: "Something to Look Forward To" Phillips Museum @Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

2004: Smithsonian - The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Traveling Exhibition and permanent collection

2001-2003: UFA Gallery, New York, New York

2001: National Conference of Artist of New York's International Conference, at the National Museum, Accra Ghana, Africa

2001: National Conference of Artist of New York, Masters Exhibition, Schomburg Library, Gallery, New York, New York

2000: Cinque Gallery, New York, New York

1998: Cinque Gallery, New York, New York

1997: Cinque Gallery, New York, New York

 1993: Syracuse University's Luben House Gallery, Syracuse, New York

1990: Isabel Neal Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

1989: Bedford Stuyvesant Skylight Gallery, Gallery, Brooklyn, New York





2015 " The Persimmon Tree" / summer edition – online magazine

2015    Delight Production  ‘ and

2005: "Creating Their Own Image", Lisa E. Farrington, Oxford Press

2004: "Something to Look Forward To" Exhibit Catalog, Franklin & Marshall College

2004: "Persistence of Vision: African American Abstract Art", a documentary for public   Television

1998: "Artist and Influence", vol. XVII, Hatch-Billops Collection

1998: "Collecting African American Art", Halima Taha

1996: "African American Art, The Long Struggle", Crystal Britton

1981: "Forever Free", University of Illinois Press

1980: "Go Tell It", nationally syndicated television program

1979: "You Gotta Have Art", National Broadcasting Company

1978: "Making Thoughts Become", Betty Blayton-Taylor

1973: "The Children's Art Carnival", 15-minute videotape (Free Europe, Germany TV, WLIB, WNYC, WWRL) 

1973: "Betty Blayton, Artist", Contact Magazine article

1973: "Kids are Her Medium", Syracuse Alumna News

1972: "People Who Make", Art Gallery Guide

1972, "Daily Close Up", The New York Post

1972: "Atlanta University Book on Art" 1970:

1972: "Like It Is", Ruth Bowman on The Arts, WNYC Radio

1971: Five, Film – Romare Bearden, Betty Blayton, Barbara Chase, Richard Hunt

         and Charles White




2015   Appreciation Award of Trailblazing Women & Institutions, THE 6th P0TPOURRII Word Women Work Series

2005: Woman's Caucus for the Arts "Life Time Achievement Award"

1995: CBS “Martin Luther King, Jr. – Fulfilling The Dream Award”

1990: The National Arts Education Association's “Eugene Grisby Award for Excellent Contributions in Art Education”

1989: “The Governor's Art Award”, Presented by the State of New York

1988: “Black Women in the Arts Award”

1985: Who's Who in American Art

1984: “Empire State Woman of the Year in the Arts”

1982: “Apple Polisher Award”

1980: National Council of Negro Women of New York Achievement Award

1980: City of New Orleans “Honorary Citizen/ Teacher Training/ Arts in Education”


Professional and affiliations:


1968 -1975: Founded The Children's Art Carnival in Harlem, NY in conjunction with Victor D'Amico and the Museum of 

                  Modern Art.

1968-1997: Board Member/Executive Director, The Children's Art Carnival

1997-2004: Founder/Special Projects Coordinator, The Children's Art Carnival

1998-2004: Board Member/ Volunteer affairs and Liaison, The Children's Art Carnival

1978-1998: Member of the Board, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

1997: Advisor, The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop

1993-1998: Member of the Board, Harlem Textile Works

1992-1994: NYS Education's Arts & Humanities Curriculum Development Committee

1983-1993: Founding Board Member, Harlem Textile Works, Inc. (A Children's Art Carnival Project)

1983-1985: Member, David Rockefeller Art in Education Research Committee

1979-1988: Member, New York City Commission for Cultural Affairs

1975-1996: Member of the Board, The Arts & Business Council, New York City

1968-1994: Consultant, Board of Education of the City of New York

1965-1977: Secretary of the Board, The Studio Museum of Harlem

1968: Founding Member, The Studio Museum in Harlem




1964-70: Brooklyn Museum School with Sculptor Minoria Nizuma

1960-62: The Art Student League with Arnold Prince

1961: City College of New York, summer, Educational Psychology and other Ed. Courses

1959: Syracuse University, Bachelor of Fine Arts




In addition to playing major roles as a Founding Member of: The Children's Art Carnival in Harlem, The Studio Museum in 

Harlem and Harlem Textile works; Betty Blayton has also been deeply involved in Metaphysical Studies, Theatre, Mythology, 

Anthropology and Health.

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