Betsy Chaffin

The Center: Advanced Mentorship Program Participant (2021 - 2024)

For Betsy Chaffin art has been a long-standing passion.  It was not the classroom of an MFA program that formed the philosophy and basis of her work; but the good fortune of participating in workshops at Anderson Ranch conducted by some of the country’s leading artists and art educators including Roy Dowell, John Gill, Jane Hammond, Holly Hughes, Roberto Juarez, and James Surls. These intense workshops provided an opportunity to spend quality time with the instructing artist.

Chaffin is now in her first year of participating in The Center for Advanced Mentored Studies at Anderson Ranch, a three-year program with master faculty artists, Holly Hughes and Shahzia Sikander.  “ This is a remarkable opportunity to engage in a critical dialogue to push my own studio practice.  Shazia and Holly have already provided an amazing context of critical thinking and positive energy.”

She works in a variety of forms including painting, collage, ceramics and photography.  Her work is included in private collections throughout the United States.  She lives and has studios in Spring Island, South Carolina and Basalt, Colorado.  Betsy has twice been invited to be a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome and she was selected to participate in the Residency Program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center

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