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 Betty Billups  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Idaho/California      Known for: figure, portrait, floral views, Indian

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from the artist who lives in Sandpoint, Idaho:

In the summer of 1977, Elizabeth Jean Billups (AKA Betty or Betty Jean) had her first one artist museum show at the Montana Historical Society in Helena. This exhibit was the direct results of doing research for a U.S. Army commission that she received, to create a painting of Sacajawea. And this commission came about because the Army had seen a painting Billups had in the U.S. Air Force Art Collection (that was created when she was Vice President of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles). The painting was called "The Nightingale" (a medical plane, the C-9).

The exhibit at the museum was titled "Inner Feelings" and was the sole reason Betty returned to a fine art career. The trip into Idaho and Montana at that time, also brought her back years later, to live on a 200 + acre ranch, and eventually move into the mountains, to a tudor style cabin on ten acres in the wilderness.

Instructors of Influence: Joseph & Danica Henninger
One of Billups' most beloved instructors from the L.A. Art Center of Design, was Joseph Morgan Henninger. He and his beloved wife, Danica, became life time friends and supporters of Billups and her career.

Reynold Brown
Another instructor who greatly influenced her, was Reynold Brown, an illustrator who did many movie posters (Ben Hur), and who greatly influenced his students to go beyond what they believed possible.

Dan McCaw
Ten years out of ACCD (in 1972), Billups located and studied fine arts with Dan McCaw, who enhanced her knowledge of the style of art she had always gravitated toward: namely, impressionism.

Awards and Publications:
Billups, the winner of Grand Purchase Awards and blue ribbons in national and international shows, has been featured in many art magazines throughout her career, namely: Southwest Art, U.S. Art, Sun Storm Publications, American Artist and upcoming Informart, the spring of 2002. She earned 3rd place in a competition by International Artist Magazine for "Lakes, Rivers and Ocean" painting.

Museum Catalogues:
A new full color 24 page Museum Catalogue is with images from her exhibit is at the Clymer Museum, Ellensburg WA. And a second catalogue of her paintings created during her Artist In Residence, at Glacier National Park this past June, will be available late spring 2002.

Jurying:
Billups has juried many exhibitions in California, Washington and Idaho over the past 30 years. In the mid 90s she helped jury the annual prestigious California Art Clubs' Exhibit, with her friend, Neil Boyle and her beloved instructor, Joseph Henninger. The difficulty was watching, as some categories with only seven entries had six awards handed out, and then one category with 200 entries, having the same six awards...so many wonderful images, not being able to acknowledge them in the jurying process.

Mural -In-A- Day, held in Toppenish, Washington
For the past 6 years, Billups has been one of a dozen artists invited to work on World Renown Murals in Toppenish Washington. She was commissioned to do a Bardello series, that incorporated 17 upper story windows.

C.M. Russell Auction, Billups was chosen out of over 100 artists, to be one of 12 Quick Draw Artists, during the festivities, for 1996, '97, '98 and '99.

Exhibitions
Her colorful creations have been in prestigious galleries over the past 30+ years: Throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Also in Scottsdale and Sedona AZ; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Denver, Colorado;
Richmond, Virginia; and Lexington, KY.

Museum Exhibitions:
Montana Historical Society , Helena, Montana  July 1977   "Inner Thoughts" (solo)
Clymer Museum, Ellensberg, Washington  2001   "200 for 2000" (solo)
Hockaday Museum, Kalispell, Montana  2002  Glacier National Park (solo)

Collections:
Marriott Hotels,  Bank of America, Fluor Corporation, Max Factor, Knotts Berry Farm, Steven De Christopher Design, Palm Springs CA: Genstar Mortgage and St. John's Hospital of Santa Monica, California. Also work hangs in collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel, Africa, and Japan. Some of these collections also are the home of Picassos, Henry Sharps, and other leading contemporary artists of the U.S. Some of the public collections include: The Royal Palms Hotel of Phoenix AZ (who own 4 of her plein air paintings); the United States Air Force; Alamita Corporation of Tucson AZ (Native American painting), Mount San Antonio College of Southern CA, to name a few.

EDUCATION:
1982-84 PRIVATE STUDY WITH DAN MCCAW
1972 THE LOS ANGELES ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN
1969 EL CAMINO JUNIOR COLLEGE Torrence, California

MEMBERSHIPS
LA SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS OF LOS ANGELES 1972-1976
PLEIN AIR PAINTERS OF AMERICA 1985 to Present
WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST 1979 to 1983
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF WOMEN ARTISTS 1996 to 2001
THE CALIFORNIA ART CLUB 1996 to Present

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