Betty Hart
I make work that falls somewhere between painting, photography, and alchemical tests. Through controlled accidents, I create visceral surfaces that speak to the gut and the emotions as much as the intellect. Using unpredictable materials and processes that are about destroying as much as making, like dipping and soaking, I set the stage for interaction and push materials to their limits. The resulting works are both surface and image, referencing atmosphere, skin, and terrain. As chance determines the configuration and detail, the work increasingly “makes itself” and brings about surprising results that vary each time the procedure is repeated. Navigating that gray area between action and restraint, I attempt to transform simple materials into something strange and extraordinary.


MFA - 2011 - Fine Arts, The School of Visual Arts
BFA - 2008 - Drawing & Painting, The Pennsylvania State University
With Honors and Highest Distinction, Minors: Art History & Poetry
Cont Ed - 2004 - Fine Arts, The New School, Summer Intensive
Assoc Degree - 1999 - Graphic Design, The Art Institute of York PA

Selected Exhibitions & Projects

Cocktails and Collecting: The Print Edition, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Fresh Prints! Collaboration with Kayrock Screenprinting, Brooklyn, NY - curated by Brooke Tomiello
Double Take, Youme Haus, Brooklyn, NY
Through and Through, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Gesturing into Consciousness, Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

Ladies and Gentlemen, 80 Varick Street, New York, NY
Wet Paint, curated by Sergio Gomez, Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago, IL - catalogue

Bridges, Trees, Skulls, Pies, and Other Treasure Trails, NARS
Foundation, Brooklyn, NY
Fragmentation, curated by Dan Cameron, Krause Gallery, New York, NY
Lucid Dreaming, Tompkins Square Library Gallery, New York, NY
Implied Virtue, curated by Alex Gartenfeld, SVA Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY - catalogue
The Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY

Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
First Street Green Culture Park Benefit Art Show, New York, NY
JKC Scholar Showcase, 25CPW Gallery, New York, NY

Untitled, Think Gallery, 248 Mercer Street, New York, NY
Un-wasting Space, 99 East 4th Street, New York, NY

*Betty Hart: Paintings, Happy Valley Optical, State College, PA
*Matters of Space, Eisenhower Chapel, University Park, PA

*Recent Paintings, Ritenour Health Clinic, University Park, PA
*Inside Echoes Out, Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA
*Becoming, Gallery 417, Old Main, University Park, PA
Juried Art Exhibition, curated by Valerie Smith, Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

*Betty Hart: Recent Paintings, Patterson Gallery, University Park, PA

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, Zoller Gallery, University Park, PA

The New School Summer Intensive Group Exhibition, The New School, New York, NY

*denotes a solo exhibition

Honors & Awards

2013 - Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Nomination
2008-11 - Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship Award
2007 - Brian Betzler Memorial Award for the Visual Arts Award
2007 - Society of Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Award
2007 - Schreyer Honors College Summer Research Grant Award
2003-07 - The Renaissance Scholarship Award


“SVA at the 2011 Affordable Art Fair.” Visual Arts Briefs. The School of Visual Arts.

Goga, Stephanie. "Medical Photos Inspire Artist." The Daily Collegian.

Kalliope, literary journal of The Pennsylvania State University (cover)
reproduction of painting.
"Best Bets." The Centre Daily Times Weekender.

Betty Hart was born in McAlisterville, PA. She lives and works in NYC.