Bio

Bettina Clowney is a painter based in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Tyler College of Art. She has shown in local galleries and exhibitions, and has been collected nationally and internationally. She is a member of InLiquid, Mt. Airy Art Garage, ArtBarcs, and Amazon Art.


Statement

What interests me is a spectrum of abstraction and realism that evokes both stillness and vitality. The work tends to be made in cycles: still life, figures and abstraction. I use collage for sketching out an idea because it's fun and can be surprising. What unifies my work is the idea that all matter is energy. That's why I can make a still life and have my apples move. And the figure work is often in multiples, because there are many aspects in being ourselves. 


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Selected Exhibitions

Solo
2014
Between Abstraction and Realism, Christine Frechard Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA

2008
Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, PA

2005
Essential Forms: One woman show, Connelly Center Art Gallery, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Group
2009
Works on paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2006
Across the Line, Gallery at St. Asaph’s Church, Bala Cynwyd, PA

Group Show, University City Arts League, Philadelphia, PA
Juror

Works on paper, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Juried Exhibition

2004
From the Studio: Selections from the Philadelphia Open Studios Tour, Creative Artist’s Network, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Kate Ware, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2003
Rosenfeld Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts), Wenham, MA
Juried Exhibition

2001
Annual Benefit Exhibition, Pennsylvania Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Women’s Exhibition, PNI Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1999, 1998, 1997, 1996
Annual Juried Exhibition: AURA (Association Uniting Religion and Art), Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and Doylestown Presbyterian Church, Doylestown, PA

1999, 1998, 1997
Annual Group Show, sponsored by Dr. Byron Braid and Ms. Michele Holzman, home of Dr. Braid and Ms. Holzman

1998
Group Exhibition of Icons, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
Invitational

Icon, Image of the Holy, Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
Invitational

1997
Art and Religion: The Many Faces of Faith, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies and the Villanova University Art Gallery, Villanova, PA
Juried Exhibition

Watercolors, The Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia, PA
Invitational

1996
Watercolors and Oils, Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA

Prior to 1996
Exhibiting artists at The Rosenfeld Gallery and Axis Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

2007
Bennet, PhD., Phillip, “Featured Artist: On the True Self”, Jungian Society of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Slide/lecture presentation, “Featured Artists Series”, Eastern University, St. Davids, PA

Publications

2003
“On Being Born,” The Other Side Magazine, January 2004

2002
Cover art “Featured Artist”, Kalliope, a Journal of Women’s Literature and Art, Volume 24 number 2 (Winter, 2002)

Commissions (partial list)

2006
St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, Naples, FL

2003
Icon triptych, Deborah Payson

Portrait triptych panel for Rev. Anne Ritchings and Kate Hankinson, Harleysville, PA

1999
Icon of the Holy Trinity, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Chattanooga, TN

Icon of the Holy Trinity, Professor John Norton,Philadelphia, PA

Icon of the Holy Trinity, Janice May, Philadelphia, PA

Icon of the Crucifixion and Icon of Christ, Rev. Anne Ritchings, Harleysville, PA

Christ and children, Mr. Dean Burley, Philadelphia, PA

1998
Iconic cross, Church of the Holy Spirit, Harleysville, PA