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Betty Collings has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

Ms. Collings celebrates professional excellence in the field of visual arts

She has presented two career retrospectives in Ohio and Kentucky and her work has featured in over 70 regional and international group exhibitions.

    COLUMBUS, OH, October 08, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Betty Collings has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Ms. Collings has excelled as an innovator. As a curator, she initiated programs that created opportunities for practicing artists while at the same time enhancing the cultural experience of the community at large. Notable examples include (i) the establishment of "The Hogan" Swarthmore, P.A. one of the first collective artist galleries in the 60's, (ii) her 70's contribution to the development of the Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art to that of national import and to the acquisition of the "Art of the 70's" Collection now housed by the Wexner Center for Visual Arts; (iii) the 80's creation of The Artists Organization (TAO) including the establishment of; also curating 10 Solo Exhibitions and Aspects Of Perception; (iv) in the late 90's the co-initiation of New Zealand's Mercury Bay Art Escape, an annual studio tour.

As an artist she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Ohio State University in 1970 followed by a Master of Fine Arts in 1974 for the next two decades pursuing work as curator, writer and critic. Activity included almost a decade as Director of The Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art, then as an independent writing for Arts Magazine, lecturing in China and the Ukraine about Ohio artists as well as exhibiting her own work. A well rounded artist with a ceramic studio in New Zealand and a home studio in Ohio her ceramics, soft and bronze sculpture and acrylic painting have shown nationally and internationally. 25+ solo exhibitions include four at the Bertha Urdang Gallery in New York, those at the Islip Museum and at Gallery Vistavaka, Ukraine, and others at numerous regional universities and museums. Additionally she has presented two career retrospectives in Ohio and Kentucky and her work has featured in over 70 regional and international group exhibitions.

Born in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1934 Ms. Collings was a member of the New Zealand-United States Arts Foundation from 1981-1989. In 1984 she was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for Contributions to Visual Arts from the Columbus Art League and in 1997 received a Distinguished Service Award for Curation and Managing from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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