Betty Bastai
  • Born in Modena, Italy

  • Education:
    • June 2000: DEGREE of MASTER of FINE ART in Painting, study with Elizabeth Ogilvie, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, U.K.
    • June 1998: BA (HONS) Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • August 1988: Corso in Disegno e Pittura, Istituto per l'Arte e il Restauro, Palazzo Spinelli, Firenze, Italy
    • 1981 - 1983: Forestry Science Degree Course, not completed, Universita' degli Studi di Padova, Italy

  • Professional Development:
    • August 2006: EDGE Professional Development Program, Artist Trust, Centrum, Port Townsend, WA, U.S.A
    • May 2001: Cultural Resource Technician Training, USDA/Forest Service, Diamond Lake, Oregon, U.S.A

  • Awards:
    • June 2007: GAP Grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
    • April 2007: Art Patch Healthy Funding Award, Art Patch, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
    • January 2007: Patron Award, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, U.S.A.
    • February 2000: Andrew Grant Travel Award, Portugal, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, U.K.

  • Collections:
    • Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • Dee Roy and Mary M Jones Memorial Art Collection, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, U.S.A.

  • Residencies:
    • October 2006: Centrum, Port Townsend, WA, U.S.A.

  • Solo Exhibitions:
    • November - December 2007: Whatcom Creek Scrolls: Memory Boxes Polling Stations, interactive mixed media installation, Bellingham Central Public Library, Bellingham Public Market, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • September - October 2007: Secrets, drawing installation Moses Lake Museum & Art Center, Moses Lake, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2007: CorridorLove, interactive mixed media installation, Corridor Gallery, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
    • November 2006: MemoryMaps, drawing installation, Mezzanine Gallery, Olympia Film Society Capitol Theatre, Olympia, WA, U.S.A.
    • April - July 2006: Poseidon's Horses, mixed media drawings on paper, Il Posto, Anacortes, WA, U.S.A.
    • February - March 2006: Naked Voyage, drawing installation, Viking Union Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2006: Poseidon's Horses, mixed media drawings on paper, Barnes & Noble, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • January 2006: Terra e Acqua, mixed media installation, Allied Arts Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • December 2005: Whispers & Cries, mixed media drawings on paper, The Hugo House Gallery, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA, U.S.A.
    • November 2005: Poseidon's Horses, mixed media drawings on paper, Mount Baker Theater, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • September - October 2005: Poseidon's Horses, mixed media drawings on paper, The Bagelry, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A
    • September - October 2005: Forensic Series, mixed media drawings on paper, The Nightlight Lounge, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • September - October 2005: Water2, mixed media installation, Skagit Valley College Art Gallery, Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A.
    • September 2005: Whidbey Island Open Studio Tour: Community art project mixed media installation Mother & Child, drawings and paintings, The Rock House, Oak Harbor, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 2005: Memory Maps, graphite and ink drawings on paper, Village Books, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • April - June 2005: Jekill & Hide: a preliminary investigation into my father's psyche, large scale mixed media drawings on paper, Kendrick's Billiards, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • April 2005: Water, mixed media installation, Department of Safety Gallery, Anacortes, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2005: Earth & Water, recent paintings, drawings and installations, Althea's, Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A.
    • November 2004 - January 2005: Poseidon's Horses, drawings on paper, Il Granaio, Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A.
    • September 2004: Siege, mixed media installation in collaboration with guitar player Sam Osteen, The Rock House, Oak Harbor, WA, U.S.A.
    • March 2004: Memory Maps, ink and pencil drawings, Fine Art Library, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • September 2003: Cedar Songs at CC, paintings, drawings and maps, Café Culture, La Conner, WA, U.S.A.
    • June - July 2002: Cedar Songs, Pacific Northwest drawings and paintings, Schafer Gallery, Eatonville, WA, U.S.A.
    • July - August 2001: Water Memories, maps and paintings, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife, Scotland
    • February 2000: Betty Bastai Works on Paper, drawings on paper, Esteta Galeria, Porto, Portugal
    • December 1999: Beyond Cartography, Installations: Map and The Wind Rose, mixed media installations, Lighthouse Tower, Engineers Store, Northern Lighthouse Board, Granton, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • July 1997: Marianne & Lucy, mixed media installation in collaboration with fiddle player Anna Falkenau, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, U.K.

  • Selected Group Exhibitions:
    • November 2007: Betty Bastai & Shilo De La Cruz, Kenneth J Minneart Center for the Arts, South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA, U.S.A.
    • August - September 2007: Americas 2000: All Media, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, Minot, North Dakota, U.S.A.
    • July 2007: Betty Bastai, Jon Rader Jarvis & Terry Jarvis, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon Island, WA, U.S.A.
    • April 2007: Ship of Fools, Blue Horse Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • March - April 2007: Unclad 2007, the Fine Art of the Figure, Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, Stanwood, WA, The Studio Building, Portland, OR, U.S.A.
    • January - February 2007: Ink & Clay 33, Kellogg University Art Gallery, Califorfornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, U.S.A.
    • December 2006: Small Works, Gallery at the Depot, Anacortes, WA, U.S.A.
    • October - November 2006: Brushes with the Land, Gallery by the Bay, Stanwood, WA, U.S.A.
    • July 2006: Kitsap Arts Festival, Port Gamble, WA, U.S.A.
    • May - June 2006: Honoring Mother Earth, Freda Loko's Gallery, Edison, WA, U.S.A.
    • April 2006: Unclad 2006: The Fine Art of the Figure, Portland, OR, U.S.A.
    • March 2006: Unclad 2006: The Fine Art of the Figure, Stanwood, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2006: Members Only, Allied Arts Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • January - February 2006: Ink & Clay 32, Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, U.S.A.
    • December 2005: Small Works, Gallery at the Depot, Anacortes, WA, U.S.A.
    • December 2005: Small Expressions IV, Northwind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, U.S.A.
    • October 2005: Tails...Tales..., Edison Eye Gallery, Edison, WA, U.S.A.
    • July - August 2005: Fresh, Edison Eye Gallery, Edison, WA, U.S.A.
    • June 2005: Edmonds Art Festival Exhibition, Edmonds, WA, U.S.A.
    • June 2005: Solidarity, Edison Eye Gallery, Edison, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2005: Allied Arts Annual Exhibition, Allied Arts Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • December 2004: Small Expression III, NorthWind Arts Center, Port Townsend, WA, U.S.A.
    • November - December 2004: Forensics - Allusion to Injury, Hand to Mouth Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • October 2004: Small Format, Poseidon's Horses Drawings Series, Meloy & Company Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 2004: Self Portrait Show, Hand to Mouth Art Studios and Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 2004: Coupeville Arts Festival Show, Coupeville, WA, U.S.A.
    • July 2004: Kitsap Arts Festival Show, Port Gamble, WA, U.S.A.
    • May - June 2004: Visual Arts Scotland Summer Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • March - May 2004: Northwest Synergy, Meloy & Company Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 2001: Equine Art 2001, Emerald Downs Horse Racing Track, Auburn, WA, U.S.A.
    • June - Sept. 2001: New Works on Paper, Schafer Gallery, Eatonville, WA, U.S.A.
    • March 2001: ArtAngels Art Show, SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
    • May 2000 - May 2001: Clear Insights, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • April 2000: Time, exhibition at the Cameo Cinema Bar, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • March 2000: Waves, Patriothall Gallery, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • March 2000: Royal Scottish Academy Students Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • February 2000: If We knew you were coming: An Exhibition of Cake, Postgraduate Students Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, U.K.
    • January 2000: New Art from Scotland, Galerie 't Swaentje, s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
    • August 1999: Festival Exhibition, The Unknown Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • March 1999: Royal Scottish Academy Students' Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • February 1999: Black and White, Postgraduate Students' Exhibition, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, U.K.
    • March 1998: Royal Scottish Academy Students' Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

  • Lectures:
    • February 2006: Naked Voyage, Viking Union, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • January 2006: Terra e Acqua, Allied Arts Gallery, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • October 2005: Installation Art, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 2005: Visual References to Memory Maps, Village Books, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2000: Drawings and Installations, Esteta Galeria, Adult Education class in Contemprory Art co-ordinated by Sara Marques Leguisamo and organised by the Museum Soares Dos Reis, Porto, Portugal

  • Bibliography:
    • November 15, 2007: The Lovely Bones, Alec Clayton, Weekly Volcano, Lakewood WA, U.S.A.
    • September 12, 2007: Artist Reception is in Moses Lake Friday - Installation is themed "Secrets", Chrystal Doucette, Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake, WA, U.S.A.
    • September 2007: Betty Bastai Secrets: A Drawing Installation, Venue, Arts/Entertainment/Events Magazine, Moses Lake, WA, U.S.A.
    • February 2007 - January 2008: Ink & Clay 33, online exhibition catalog, Kellogg University Art Gallery, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA, U.S.A.
    • February 2007: La Pittura, La Natura, Creative Resident Elisabetta Bastai, Ann Williams, Experience, Centrum's Magazine for the Creative Life, Vol. 2 Issue 1, Spring 2007, Port Townsend, WA, U.S.A.
    • May 25, 2006: Namapaah First Peoples Radio, radio interview with host Robin Carneen, KSVR 91.7 FM, simultaneous internet audio stream, www.ksvr.org, Skagit Valley College, Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A
    • February 21, 2006: Some art show is grooving on all our love letters. New VU Gallery show brings installation artist Betty Bastai confettied love, Hardly Crocker, The Review, Western Washington University newspaper, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • October 13, 2005: Life Outside the Box: the work of Betty Bastai art show brings it back to nature, Aprill Grossuck, The Cardinal, Skagit Valley College newspaper, Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A.
    • October 5, 2005: 'Mother and Child' Installation, Whidbey News-Times, Oak Harbor, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 27, 2005: MOTHER & CHILD, Mary Evitt, Whidbey News-Times, Oak Harbor, WA, U.S.A.
    • May 13, 2005: Jeckill & Hide find a canvas, Ashley Milke, The Western Front, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A.
    • September 8, 2004: Rock House Turns to Art, The Whidbey News Times, Oak Harbor, WA, U.S.A.
    • October 2000: Clear Insights, Exhibition Catalogue, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • February 2000: Betty Bastai Works on Paper, Exhibition Catalogue, Esteta Galeria, Porto, Portugal
    • September 1996: Photographic project The Boat of My Dreams, Il Grandevetro, Bimestrale di Politica e Cultura, Anno XX, N. 134, Settembre-Ottobre 1996, Cerreto Guidi (Firenze), Italy
    • January 1994: Photographic project Viaggio attraverso l'India (a photographic journey through India), Il Grandevetro, Bimestrale di Politica e Cultura, Anno XVII, N. 120, Gennaio-Febbraio 1994, Cerreto Guidi (Firenze), Italy

  • Memberships:
    • Artist Trust, Seattle, WA, U.S.A
    • Allied Arts, Bellingham, WA, U.S.A

  • Art Registries:
    • The Drawing Center Slide Registry, New York, NY, U.S.A
    • The Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths College, University of London, U.K.

  • Workshops:
    • February - March 2005: Workshop Assistant, Stephanie Schuemann's Fundamentals of Drawing, Coupeville Arts Center, Coupeville, WA, U.S.A.
    • August 2004: Workshop Assistant, Bridgit Smith's Kids Art Works Workshop, Coupeville Arts Center, Coupeville, WA, U.S.A.
    • July 2004: Workshop Assistant, Michael Terra's Fire and Mud workshop, Coupeville Arts Center, Coupeville, WA, U.S.A.
    • December 1999: Photographic training to professional basket weaver and furniture maker, Monimail Tower, Fife, Scotland, U.K.
    • July 1992: Dark Room Workshop, NGO Civil Service International, Bangalore, India

  • Design Commissions:
    • November 2003: Paintings for the children's play The Troll's First Christmas, the BlueBoat Theatre Company, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • December 1999: Graphics for the video production Zulu, Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife, Scotland, U.K.
    • October 1999: Illustrations for the BlueBoat Theatre Company children production Tum Tum Tinker, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

  • Community Art Projects:
    • August - October 1999: Art workshops in collaboration with the BlueBoat Theatre Company For the production of the children's plays The Greedy Fisherman and The Magic Forest, Balgreen Primary School, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • March 1994: Photographic assignments for the community drama Tour de Forth, The Elements Theatre Company, Edinburgh Fling Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • March 1993: Photographic Assignment for the community drama Living Through Wars, The Elements Theatre Company', Edinburgh Fling Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • August 1993: Design a tape-slide production for the stage production Call Me Susan, Grassmarket Project Theatre Company, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    • August 1990: Paintings murals with local teenagers, Civil Service International Work camp in Tiger's Bay, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    • June 1990: Organisation and participation in the local Art Summer Festival, 5A' Dun Laoghaire Arts Centre, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Rep. of Ireland.
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