Artwork images courtesy of Wilbur Montgomery
"Artists create glorious objects when they incorporate their life experiences into a personal vocabulary, expressive of their own particular, splendid being. What I make is a mirror of who I am, so when I speak for myself, the message rings true and sincere."
Contemporary artist, sculptor and woodturner Betty Scarpino is recognized as one of the masters of the genre. Her work is held in private, public and museum collections throughout the world. Betty works full time teaching, writing, sculpting and printmaking from her home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Betty Scarpino's wood sculpture combines fluid motion with intricate detail. Her creative energy draws people to her, and numerous awards have come her way. Scarpino was born in 1949 in Wenatchee, Washington, USA. Her career began in the seventies, when she produced purely functional pieces.
While these early years did not develop artistic innovation, Scarpino mastered the techniques that now create her sculptural and non-functional pieces. She has a degree in industrial arts from the University of Missouri where she also studied wood sculpture.
Arkansas Arts Center
Arizona State University Art Museum
Asheville Art Museum
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Columbus Museum
Detroit Institute of Arts
Evansville Museum of Arts and Science
Figge Art Museum, Davenport
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
Gregg Museum of Art & Design, North Carolina State University
Honolulu Museum of Art
Indiana State Museum
Los Angeles County Art Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Mint Museum of Art, Craft + Design
Mobile Museum of Art
Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Racine Art Museum
Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
The Center for Art in Wood, PA
Yale University Art Museum