Betsy Tanzer Resume

I grew up in Middletown, Connecticut where I learned to appreciate art during trips to New York with my father and my sister. We went to many museums during those trips. Because no art lessons were available in my early years, my first venture into the Art world was an elective class during my freshman year at Brandeis University. Professor Mitchell Siporin, a WPA painter from the Great Depression, advised me to transfer to a university in the mid-west because they had excellent art departments as well as strong liberal arts. And so I began my formal art education at the University of Michigan, College of Architecture and Design. Among the many disciplines in the art school was an elective class in clay with J.T. Abernathy. Bingo… I was hooked!

Education:

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts -Graduate, with Distinction

University of Michigan, College of Architecture & Design

Brandeis University

 

Awards and Fellowships:

1981 Society of Connecticut Craftsmen _ Cutter Award for Clay

1981-1982-1983 Wesleyan Potters Annual exhibit _ Jurors Choice for Excellence

1978 Greater Hartford Arts festival _ Honor Award

1969 Society of Connecticut Craftsmen _ First Prize in Ceramics

1966 Concord Art Association _ First Prize

1965 School of the Museum of Fine Arts _ Mary Ripley Scholarship

1965 School of the Museum of Fine Arts _ Boit Award

1964 School of the Museum of Fine Arts _ Boit Award

 

Experience:

1997      Instructor: “Crystalline Glazes” _ Canton Clayworks, Connecticut

1996 – 98   Instructor: _ Canton Clayworks

1980 – 85   Invited craft professional at Mendocino Art Center, California _summer workshops

1974 – 75   Instructor: _ International School of Liege, Belgium

1972       Juror: _ Central Connecticut State College, Student Art Exhibit

1971        Juror: _ National Scholastic Art Awards, Connecticut

1971 – 96   Instructor: _ Wesleyan Potters Craft Center, Connecticut

1970 – 90   Instructor: _ Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center, Connecticut

1968       Instructor of liaison students _ Endicott Junior College

1965 – 68   Artist in Residence _ Needham Pottery, Massachusetts

1964 – 65  Instructor: _ Brookline High School, adult education

1962 – 64   Instructor: _ US Army Special Services _ Denver, Colorado

1961 – 62  Instructor: _ Brookline High School, adult education

 

Administrative Positions:

2015 –         Founding Partner and Instructor at The Clay Art Center, LLC, Tucson, Arizona

2010 – 14   Treasurer; Romero House Potters, Inc. at the Tucson Museum of Art

1986 – 88   President: Connecticut Potters Cooperative Association

1986             Advisory Board: CPTV _ Connecticut Public Television

1984 – 85   Treasurer: Connecticut Potters Cooperative Association

Board of Directors: Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center

1984 – 88   Board of Directors: Farmington Valley Art Center, Connecticut

1983 – 86   Co-Chair _ Cultural Arts Committee, Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center

1980        Founding member & Board of Directors _ Connecticut Potters Cooperative Association, Inc.

1979        Advisory Board: Connecticut Craft Council

1978        Chairman: Crafts Division/ Greater Hartford Civic & Arts Festival

1972 – 74   President: Society of Connecticut Craftsmen

1971 – 73   Chairman: Crafts Division/ Greater Hartford Civic & Arts Festival

1970 – 72   Vice-president _ Society of Connecticut Craftsmen

 

Workshop Instructor:

1997        “Crystalline Glazes” _ Canton Clayworks

1994        “Throwing Tips & Tricks” _ Putney, Vermont

1987        “Throwing Forms/Function” _ Adobe Art Center, California

1985        “Stoneware & Porcelain” _ Sheldon Jackson College, Sitka, Alaska

“Design & Glazing Techniques” _ Adobe Art Center, California

1983        “Design & Form” _ Studio One – Oakland, California

1981 – 85   “Design & Form”, Form & Function”, Design & Glazing Techniques”, etc. intensive two week summer sessions _ Mendocino Art Center, California

1981          “Glaze Techniques” _ Farmington Art Center, Connecticut

 

Exhibitions:

2016        CCACD/CLAY – international juried exhibition _ Silver City, New Mexico

2015           Wesleyan Potters Craft gallery – “faculty – Past & Present”,  Connecticut

Yume Gallery – “Japanese Influences” – Arizona

1993        The Chase/Friedman Gallery – invitational _ Connecticut

Mattatuck Museum – juried invitational _ Connecticut

Washington Art Association – “Master Craftsmen” invitational

1992        The Hotchkiss Gallery _ “Ceramic Artists” invitational

Wesleyan Potters Craft Gallery _ solo exhibit

1991        Fisher Gallery – “Animalia” clay invitational _ Connecticut

Oneta Gallery – clay invitational _ Connecticut

1987        Saltbox Gallery – 3 person invitational _ Connecticut

The Gallery – solo exhibit _ Wesleyan Potters, Connecticut

1985         The Fisher Gallery _ Connecticut

1984           Tribeca Gallery _ Connecticut

1983           Jorice _ New York, New York

1982           Visual Images _ Wellfleet, Massachusetts

1981           GreenSpring Gallery – Soho _ New York

1981           Old State House – “Contemporary Crafts” invitational, Connecticut

Brookfield Craft Center – “Black & White” invitational _ Connecticut

Governor’s Residence Exhibition _ Connecticut

Slater Memorial Museum _ Connecticut

Hartford College for Women – 2 person exhibit _ Connecticut

1980        Strong Craft Gallery _ Bar Harbor, Maine

University of Connecticut – “Five Women Potters”

Greater Hartford Jewish Community – “Two Artists”

1977        Noah Webster House – invitational _Connecticut

Danforth Museum _ Framingham, Massachusetts

1974        Wadsworth Atheneum – invitational _ Connecticut

1973        Slater Memorial Museum – invitational _ Connecticut

1972        New Britain Museum of American Art – juried _ Connecticut

1971 – 73   Greater Hartford Civic and Arts Festival – juried _ Connecticut

1971        University of Bridgeport – juried _ Connecticut

1970        Stamford Art Museum – juried _ Connecticut

1970        National Craft Exposition – juried _ sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.

1969        University of Connecticut – juried

1967        Boston University _ Massachusetts

1966        Charles River Art Center – 2 person exhibit _ Massachusetts

1964        Denver Art Museum – juried _ Colorado