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Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, died in New York


Solo Exhibitions (selection)


David Kordansky Gallery, Shadow and Silhouettes, Los Angeles


chi K11 art museum, House and Universe, Shanghai      


Galerie Hubert Winter, Florentine Interiors, Vienna


Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic, London

Salon 94 Bowery, Breakfast at the Seashore Lunch in Antella, New York


Museo Marino Marini, Florence

David Kordansky Gallery, Illusions of Domesticity, Los Angeles


Galerie Francesca Pia, Interior Views, Zürich



Gallery Diet, Contro Versies Contro Versia an inaccurate history of painting and ceramics, Miami

Salon 94 Freemans, Betty Woodman, New York

Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Of Botticelli, Berlin

2012David Klein Gallery, Betty Woodman, Birmingham, Michigan

Salon 94 Bowery, Roman Fresco / Pleasures and Places, New York

Victoria and Albert Museum, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, London

Gardiner Museum, Betty Woodman: Places, Spaces & Things, Toronto 


Tuscia Electa Arte Contemporanea, Three Kilns Occupied by Three Pieces, Impruneta, Italy

American Academy in Rome, Betty Woodman: Roman Fresco / Pleasures and Places, Rome

Harvey Meadows Gallery, Betty Woodman: Ceramics and Works on Paper, Aspen

Max Protetch Gallery, Paintings, New York

Locks Gallery, Philadelphia

2009Museo delle Porcellane, Palazzo Pitti, Giardino di Boboli, Betty Woodman: L’allegra vitalità delle porcellane, Florence

Galerie Besson, Betty Woodman: Trois Grandes Dames III, London

Max Protetch Gallery, Rooms and People, New York


Carl Solway Gallery, Betty Woodman: Memories, Cincinatti, Ohio

Gallery Camino Real, Betty Woodman: Trascending Boundaries, Boca Raton, Florida


Denver Art Museum, Somewhere Between Denver and Naples, Denver

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art of Betty Woodman, New York

Max Protetch Gallery, Betty Woodman, New York


Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Theatres of Betty Woodman, Lisbon (travel to Ariana Museum, Geneva, 2006)

Frank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Il giardino dipinto, Providence

Max Protetch Gallery, New York


Frank Lloyd Gallery, Recent Work, Santa Monica

Max Protetch Gallery, Souvenirs, New York


Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Missouri

 Montclair Art Museum, Two Bronze Benches and Four Ceramic Pictures of Korean Paintings, Montclair, New Jersey
2001Max Protetch Gallery, Betty Woodman, New York  

Centro d’Arte La Loggia, Betty Woodman & Robert Barni: due vasi, Monterfiridolfi, Italy

Mizel Arts Center at the JCC, Pots Paper Prints, Denver

Max Protetch Gallery, Clay, Bronze, Paper, New York

Art Resources Transfer, A Conversation with Pat Steir, New York

Franklin Parrasch Gallery, Works from the 1980s, New York


Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, Iowa

Bethel College, Recent Work of Prints and Vases, St. Paul, Minnesota

CIRVA, Betty Woodman: Glass, Marseille, France

1998 Max Protetch Gallery, New York


Max Protetch Gallery, New York


Max Protetch Gallery, New York


Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Travels to Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (1997); Musée d’Art Contemporain, Dunkerque (1997); Provincial Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium (1998)


Denver Art Museum, Denver


International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, Italy


Carin Delcourt van Krimpen Gallery, Amsterdam

Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida


Galerie Francesca Pia, Betty Woodman, Bern

Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Het Kruithuis Museum, Il Giardino Dipinto, ‚s-Hertogenbosch. Travels to Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Paris (1994)
1992Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut

Johnson County Community College, Betty Woodman: Works in Clay, Overland Park, Kansa


Galerie Francesca Pia, Bern, Switzerland

Max Protetch Gallery, Recent Work, New York

Het Kruithuis, Opera Selecta: The Work of Betty Woodman, ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Travels to Musée des Arts Modernes, Aix-le-Bain, France (1991)

The Museum of Modern Art, Lobby Project: Betty Woodman, New York

Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Max Protetch Gallery, Unique Porcelains, New York

Denver Art Museum, Somewhere Between Naples and Denver, Denver. Travels to Institute Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (1992)

Max Protetch Gallery, Recent Work, New York

Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

The Museum of Modern Art, Lobby Project: Betty Woodman / Three Palace Matrons, New York


Boulder Center fort he Visual Arts, Boulder

Carlton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis

Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco

Susan Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan

Freeman Gallery, Albright College, The Ceramics of Betty Woodman, Reading

Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Fabric Workshop, Presenting Food, Philadelphia (collaboration with Daniela Mattroce)

Max Protetch Gallery, Italian Vases, New York


Aspen Museum, The Aspen Garden Room, Aspen

Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles

Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City

Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles

Hadler / Rodriguez Gallery, The Houston Room, Houston

Max Protetch Gallery, New York

Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles

Fashion Institute of Technology, An Interior Exchanged, New York (collaboration with Cynthia Carlson)

Bennington College, A Cloistered Arbor Room, Vermont

Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York (collaboration with Joyce Kozloff)

Okun-Thomas Gallery, St. Louis

Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia

Amalgam Art Limited, London

Galleria Pirra, Torino

Hadler / Rodriguez Gallery, Canvas Constructions and Painted Pots, New York

Hadler / Rodriguez Gallery, Mostly Italian Pots, New York

Rochester Art Center, Rochester, Minnesota


Art Latitude, New York

Hills Gallery, Santa Fe

Casper College, Casper, Wyoming

Greenwich House Pottery, New York

Lyda Levi Gallery, Milan

Colorado Women’s College, Honor Exhibit, Denver

Kansas State College, Emporia, Kansas

United States Information Service Gallery, Milan
1976Clay and Fiber, Taos, New Mexico  

Nelson-Fosdick Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1974Boulder, One Hundred Italian Pots, Colorado


Kunsthandel Ina Broerse, Raku, Amsterdam (collaboration with George Woodman)
1970Joslyn Art Museum, Salt Glaze, Omaha, Nebraska
1969Archie Bray Foundation fort he Ceramic Arts, Salt Glaze, Helena, Montana
Group Exhibitions (selection)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985, Los Angeles

Institute of Contemporary Art, Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design, Boston (forthcoming)

Consortium Museum, Pattern, Decoration & Crime, Dijon

Gracie Mansion, She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York, New York


MAMCO, Pattern, Decoration & Crime, Geneva

David Kordansky Gallery, Taurus and Awakener, Los Angeles

Shedhalle, Studio Eine Phantastik, Zurich


Massimo De Carlo, Home. Homage to Colin de Land, Milano

Truth & Consequences, Domestic, Geneva

Danes/Corey, Referenced, New York


Lorcan O'Neill, Kiki Smith, Betty Woodman, Rome


BIACI, 1st Bienial Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Speaking Through Paint: Hans Hoffman's Legacy Today, New York


Galerie Francesca Pia, La Demeure Joyeuse II, Zurich

Brooklyn Museum, Playing House, Brooklyn

Gallery Diet, The Woodmans, Miami


 Victoria and Albert Museum, Postmodernism: Style and Subversion, 1970-1990, London

Auckland Art Museum, The University of North California at Chapel Hill, Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from Alumni Collections, Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Samson Projects, Betty, Charlie, Francesca & George, Boston

The Menshikov Palace, The Hermitage Museum, Sèvres, Porcelaines Contemporaines, St. Petersburg

Interactions, organized by The Clay Studio at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

D’Amelio Terras, Connecticut, New York


Museum of Modern Art, Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collections, New York

Galleria Massimo Minini, Carla Acardi, Sol LeWitt, Betty Woodman, Brescia

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, The Legend of Bud Shark and his Indelible Ink, Denver

Institute of Contemporary Art, Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay, Philadelphia. Travels to the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Foster Gallery, Shark’s Ink, Revisited, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Katonah Museum of Art, Conversations in Clay, Katonah, New York

The National Academy Museum, The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, New York  

Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Outsider, Bologna

Harvey / Meadows Gallery, Contemporary Ceramic Art: A Survey, Aspen

Palazzo Pretorio, Concreta, Certaldo, Italy

The RISD Museum, Multi Part Art: Contemporary Art in the Collection, Providence, Rhode Island

Racine Art Museum, New, Novel and Never Shown Before 2008: Recent Gifts to the Collection (Part I), Wisconsin

La Vieille Carité, Marseille Artistes Associés 1977-2007, Marseille

Bagiotti Progetto Arte, The Woodman Family, Florence

Museum of Fine Arts, Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from the Wornick Collection, Boston

The Grolier Club, Hot Off the Press Prints of 2006 From New York Printshops, New York

Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, The Bong or This Is Not a Pipe, New York

Palmer Museum of Art, Couples Discourse, University Park, Pennsylvania

Gimhae Culture Foundation Clayarch, International Architectural Ceramics, Gimhae, Korea

The USB Art Gallery, Great Pots: The Vessel as Art, 1900-2000; 20th Century Ceramics from the Newark Museum, New York  

Iris and B. Cantor Center fort he Visual Arts, Stanford University, Picasso to Thiebaud: Modern and Contemporary Art form the Collections of Stanford University Alumni and Friends, Stanford

Vietnam Veteran’s of America Foundation, Art for a Landmine Free World, Pace Wildenstein, New York

Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine, College of Art, Skowhegan: Faculty Exhibition, Portland

Denver Art Museum, Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art, Denver

Stedelijk Museum voor Hedendaages Kunst, Floating Time 2003-Lethe, River of Forgetfulness, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art, Part II: Modern Ceramics Art from an International Perspective, Gifu, Japan

Arizona State University Art Museum, Shared Passion: Sara and David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Ceramics and Art, Tempe, Arizona

Everson Museum of Art, Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Aichi Preferctural Ceramics Museum, Contemporary American Ceramics, 1950-1990: A Survey of American Objects and Vessels, Aichi, Japan. Travels to National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Iberaki Prefectural Ceramic Museum; Nilgata Prefectural Museum of Art; Setagaya Art Musem, Tokyo; Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Gifts in Honor of the 125th Anniversary, Philadelphia

Holter Museum of Art, Ceramics Continuum: 50 Years of the Archie Bray Influence, Helena, Montana. Travels to seventeen museums and institutions

Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales, A Snake in the Garden: Contemporary Approaches to Slipware, Wales

World Ceramic Exposition, World Ceramic Centre, Ichon, Korea

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, USA Clay, Washington

Galerie d’art Conseil Génèrale des Bouches-du-Rhone, La Cirva à 15 ans, Aix-en-Provence  

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics, 1950-2000, Los Angeles

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Elbows and Tea Leaves: Front Range Women in the Visual Arts (1974–2000), Boulder

Urban Glass, Glass on Site, New York

Het Kruithuis Museum, Choice from America, Modern American Ceramics, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Hand Workshop Art Center, Contemporary Art From the Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason Colection, Richmond, Virginia

Franklin Parrash Gallery, Dish, New York

M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe Collection, San Francisco

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Clay into Art: Selections from the Contempoary Ceramics Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Biennale Internationale de Ceramique Contemporaine, Musée Magnelli, La Geste et la Couleur, Une Poetique Ceramique, Vallauris, France

Vaselle d’Autore per il Vino Novello, Torgiano, Italy

Foster Gallery at University of Wisconsin, What’s Hot at Shark’s, Eau Claire

Franklin Parrash Gallery, Image, Plate, Vessel, Andrew Lord, Ken Price, Betty Woodman, New York

Museum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig,  View From Denver, Vienna

Comune di Greve in Chianti, Tuscia Electa, Italy

University of Colorado Art Galleries, University of Colorado, Working Proof: 20 Years of Prints from Shark’s Inc., Boulder
1995Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Staten Island Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York

The Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock
1993Olympic Winter Games, In Touch, Lillehammer, Norway

Greenberg Gallery, DeVore, Turner, Woodman & Volkos, St. Louis

Institute of Contemporary Art, Investigations 1992, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Shigaraki-yaki, Japan

Oriel Gallery, The Painted Vessel, Cardiff, Wales, England

American Craft Museum, Vessels from Use to Symbol, New York

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Featured Artists From the Max Protetch Gallery, Greensboro

Douglas Drake Gallery, Par Hazard: A Changing Installation of Recent Acquisitions, New York

Max Protetch Gallery, Max Protetch Gallery: 20 Years, New York

Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Craft Today USA, Paris

Nina Freudenheim Gallery, Six Master Craftsmen, Buffalo, New York

University of Minnesota, Pots: Focus on Function, Minneeapolis

Everson Museum of Art, Fragile Blossoms, Enduring Earth: The Japanese Influence On American Ceramics, Syracuse, New York

The Arkansas Decorative Arts Museum, A Fine Place to Work: The Legacy of the Archie Bray Foundation, Little Rock

Detroit Art Institute, Power Over the Clay: American Studio Potters, Detroit.

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, A Decade of Pattern, Philadelphia

Olympic Arts Festival, Seoul, Korea

Everson Museum of Art, American Ceramics Now: The 27th Annual Ceramic National, Syracuse, New York. Travels.

Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Feats of Clay, Staten Island, New York

American Center, Four Americans at Sévres, Paris

The National Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary American Ceramics, Seoul

Charles Cowles Gallery, A Group Exhibition: Andrew Lord, Ron Nagle, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos, Betty Woodman, New York

Seattle Art Museum, Clay Revisions, Seattle. Travels.

Garth Clark Gallery, Homage: 1986 NEA Artist Fellowship Recipients, Los Angeles

Bevier Art Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Architecture of Vessel, Rochester, New York

Victoria and Albert Museum, American Potters Today, London

The Crysler Museum, Painted Volumes: Ceramics by Twelve Artists, Norfolk

Goldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art, The Fabric Workshop: A Tradition Continued, Philadelphia

American Crafts Museum, The Poetry of the Physical, New York

Whitney Museum of American Art, High Styles: Twentieth-Century American Design, New York

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Tradition + Innovation: Decorative Art by Castkem Chihuly, Paley, Woodman, Austin

Blum Helman Gallery, Mary Heilmann/Janice Tchalenko/Betty Woodman, New York

American Crafts Museum II, Architectural Ceramics: Eight Concepts, New York

Dayton Art Institute, Clay, Dayton, Ohio

New Mexico State University, Dillingham, Turner, Wood, Woodman, Las Cruces

Gallery of Art, Washington University, Architectural Ceramics, St. Louis. Travels.

Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Adornments, New York

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary American Clay, Boston

Gallery One, Masters in American Clay, Toronto

Garth Clark Gallery, Rituals of Tea, Los Angeles

Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 1+1=2, New York. Travels.

Katonah Gallery, Forms that Function, Katonah, New York

Garth Clark Gallery, Image / Vessel / Image, New York

Garth Clark Gallery, Then and Now, Los Angeles  

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary American Clay, Boston

Gallery One, Masters in American Clay, Toronto

Garth Clark Gallery, Rituals of Tea, Los Angeles

Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston

Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 1+1=2, New York. Travels.

Katonah Gallery, Forms that Function, Katonah, New York

Garth Clark Gallery, Image / Vessel / Image, New York

Garth Clark Gallery, Then and Now, Los Angeles

Het Kapelhuis Gallery, Nonkonformisten, Amersfoort

Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, The Spirit of Orientalism (collaboration with Joyce Kozloff)

Galleria Pirra, Maestri della Ceramica, Torino

Garth Clark Gallery, Painted Pots, Los Angeles

Maya Behn Gallery, Zurich

Delahunty Gallery, The Vessel, Dallas

Detroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, For Tea, Detroit

Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, The New Fauves, Houston

Hadler/Rodriguez Gallery, New York

Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Ritual ans Function, Providence

Myers Fine Arts Gallery, State University College of New York at Plattsburgh, Usable Art, Plattsburgh. Travels.  

Ceramics at the Eighth Annual Chunichi International, Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, Nagoya and Tokyo, Japan

American Craft Museum, For the Tabletop, New York

Carnegie-Mellon University, Crafts / Sculptures, Pittsburgh

Moore College of Art, Robert L. Pfannebecker Collection, Philadelphia

Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Contemporary Ceramics: A Response to Wedgewood, Philadelphia

Renwick Sculpture Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, American Porcelain, Washington D.C. Travels.

Iowa State University, Contemporary American Potters / New Vessels, Iowa

Amalgam Art Limited, Thrown Pottery, London

Arvada Center fort he Arts, Colorado Women in the Arts, Arvada

Clayworks Studio, Clayworks Studio International, New York (Collaboration with Cynthia Carlson)

Everson Museum of Art, A Century of Ceramics in the United States, Syracuse, New York. Travels.

Denver Art Museum, Colorado Crafts / Seventeen Views, Denver

Hills Gallery, Landscapes, Santa Fe

International Ceramic Exhibit, Faenza, Italy
1978Faculty Show, University of Georgia, Cortona, Italy

Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Crafts ’77, Philadelphia

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Fiber, Metal, Clay: A Contemporary View, Ann Arbor, Michigan

National Ceramic Educators Conference Invitational, University of Northem Colorado, Greeley, Colorado

Yaw Gallery, Functional Ceramics, Birmingham, Michigan
1976Kansas City Art Institute, Eight Professional Potters, Kansas City  
1974American Crafts Council, Christmas 1974 Exhibition, New York
1973The American Craft Museum, Objects for Preparing Food, New York. Travels to Renwick Gallery, National Museum of Art, Washington D.C.
1972The American Craft Museum, Salt Glaze International, New York
1968Scripps College, Ceramic Annual, Claremont, California
2010National Artist Award, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO
2009Honorary Decorate of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Designn, Providence, Rhode Island

Lifetime Achievement Award, Brooklyn Museum/Modernism Design Award, Brooklyn, New York

National Academician, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York

Dunwiddie Prize, National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, New York

2007Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
2006Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
2004Premio Internazionale Vietri sul Mare, Fondazione Museo Artistico Industriale, Salerno, Italy
2000Honorary Fellow, National Council of Educators in Ceramic Arts
1998The Visionary Award of The American Craft Museum, New York

Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bellagio Study Center, Bellagio, Italy


Distinguished Research & Creative Lectureship, University of Colorado, Boulder


Governor’s Award in the Arts, Colorado


National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship


National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship


Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to Florence, Italy