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 Bettie J. Moran  (1925 - )

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Lived/Active: Texas/New Mexico      Known for: sculpture-Indian figure, landscape

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following, submitted March 2004, is from Maximo Barela, Collector of the artist's work.

Bettie J. Moran

Born: Elizabeth June Sumner; March 30, 1925; Wellington, TX

Parents: Father T. D. "Mickey" Sumner, Commercial Building Contractor
Mother Mildred L. Sumner, Artist

Resident of New Mexico since 1939 (Albuquerque since 1969)

Work in: Oil, Pastel, Acrylic, and Bronze (21 different sculpture subjects)

Work available under the names of: Bettie J. Donahue (1943-1960), and Bettie J. Moran (1960-Present)

Training: Largely self-taught (other than mother's influence)
Portraiture with Ramon Froman; Dallas, TX
Watercolor with William Stedman under auspices of Roswell Museum (Roswell, NM)
Children's Arts and Crafts with Binney Smith Company
Color Styling and Home Decorating with Sherwin Williams; Dallas, TX

MUSEUM EXHIBITS
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1949
El Paso Technical Institute, Fine Arts Exhibit; El Paso, TX 1950
Terry Art Institute; Miami, FL 1951
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1951
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1952
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery, Graphics Show 1953
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; One Man Show 1954
Roswell Museum and Art Center; Roswell, NM 1954
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1954
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1955
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1956
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Small Painting Exhibit; Roswell, NM 1954

Albuquerque Museum; Albuquerque, NM; the first edition of Mounted Warrior, bronze, became part of the Museum's collection in1981

EXHIBITIONS
Highland School PTA; Roswell, NM (first public exhibition of her art) 1946
(Sidney Redfield and Peter Hurd participated in this exhibited, and both
liked and encouraged her work.)
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM 1946
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM 1949
Fulton County Fair; Ohio 1949
Lenowee County Fair; Michigan 1949
Ohio State Fair 1949
Rector Gallery; Roswell, NM 1951
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM 1952
American Art Week Gallery and Museum Shows 1953
Clovis Cattle Festival Art Exhibit (Western Art); Clovis, NM 1954
Fine Arts Department, sponsored by Roswell Woman's Club; Roswell, NM 1954
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM 1955
Walker Air Force Base Officers' Wives' Club One Man Show; Roswell, NM 1957
Charlotte Owen Gallery; Amarillo, TX 1959
Fine Arts Department, sponsored by Roswell Woman's Club; Roswell, NM 1964
1924 Study Club One Man Show; Wellington, TX 1964
Lovelace Foundation One Man Show; Albuquerque, NM 1966
Lincoln County Art Association One Man Show; Roswell, NM 1966
Fine Arts Department, sponsored by Roswell Woman's Club; Roswell, NM 1966
Santa Fe Arts Guild One Man Show; Pojoaque, NM 1967
Bo Tree Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1967
Jamison's Gallery; Santa Fe, NM 1967
Blue Door Gallery; Taos, NM 1967
St. Andrews Art Festival; Roswell, NM 1967 & 1968
Shidoni Outdoor Sculpture Show; Tesuque, NM 1967 1977
Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Show; Albuquerque, NM 1976
Stateman's Club; Albuquerque, NM 1978
New Mexico State Fair, Professional Division; Albuquerque, NM 1979
New Mexico State Fair, Professional Division; Albuquerque, NM 1980
Moran's Art Gallery; Albuquerque, NM 1968 Present

AWARDS
Highland School PTA; Roswell, NM; for Cowboy Washday (oil) 1946
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM; 2 First Awards 1946
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM; 1 First and 2 Second Awards 1949
Fulton County Fair; Ohio; 1 First and 2 Second Awards 1949
Lenowee County Fair; Michigan; 1 First and 1 Second Award 1949
Ohio State Fair; 2 First Awards 1949
Eastern New Mexico State Fair; Roswell, NM; 1 First and 1 Third Award 1952
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery, Graphics Show; Honorable Mention 1953
Roswell Museum and Art Center; Special Award for Figure Painting, Cowboy Washday (oil) 1954
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Cowboy Washday 1 of 10, from 300, paintings
selected to tour the United States 1956
Museum of New Mexico Art Gallery; Woman with a Bird soapstone sculpture received
Honorable Mention Award and Museum asked to retain for an extended 30-day display 1956
Roswell Museum and Art Center, Small Painting Exhibit; Portrait of Roy Shults won most popular of show by public vote 1965
New Mexico State Fair, Professional Division; Caprice Bronze Award of Merit 1979
New Mexico State Fair, Professional Division; Lodestar Bronze Second Prize 1979
New Mexico State Fair, Professional Division; Pensive Nude Bronze Third Prize 1980
Juried and Judged state competition sponsored by NMAL and SAGA, Inc.
Late Afternoon in Taos (oil) selected for 1982 New Mexico Art Calendar 1981
Nominated twice for Who's Who in American Art. (However, did not return required forms).


FILM:
"Barefoot Madonna" by Bettie Moran is documented in the "Illustrated Picture Library of Christian Art from the Renaissance Through the 20th Century". This is available through the Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA.

ART RELATED POSITIONS HELD

Director and instructor of the Arts & Crafts (adult & children) for Chavez County

Memorial Youth Center, Spanish & Carver Centers; Roswell, NM from 1950 to 1952.

Painting Instructor, Walker Air Force Base, NM 1954.

Commercial work: Freelance layout for several print shops, 1950s; calendar for Creamland, Inc., 1965.

Color styling and home decorating Sherwin Williams Co., 1953.

Gallery Assistant to Rector Gallery, 1953.

Public Studio, Art Supply & Gallery, Roswell NM, 1950s.

Chairman of American Art Week in Roswell, 1953 1955 and pioneered many shows and various activities which resulted in an award form the American Artists Professional League of New York City each year.

Taught studio classes for adults and children for years.

Moran's Art Gallery; Albuquerque, NM 1968 Present

Bettie laughingly says "I don't have anything hanging in the Met; my work is in beautiful homes and collections throughout the United States".









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