Betty Scarpino

Scarpino-Large_82“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 sculpting, printmaking, and writing from her home in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In 2007, she was awarded her second Creative Renewal Fellowship by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

Two weeks in China, October 2014, were fabulous! I spent eight days participating in a sculpture-carving competition with 18 international sculptors and 20 carvers from China. Following the competition, we stayed for the World Crafts Council’s Golden Jubilee Summit. This adventure launched me full-speed into a new phase of my life.

“Retired” in June 2014 from editing American Woodturner and now back in my studio full time!

I am invited to be the photojournalist for the 2016 Center for Art in Wood’s Windgate International Turning Exchange program where I work with the five residents to develop an approach to documenting their residency. Look for a new series based on combining my editing experience and artwork with their work to document and what they bring to the program.

Text from Collectors of Wood Art website profile of Betty Scarpino.

Images from personal website of Betty Scarpino.