About

McCallBetsy4loresRaised in Buffalo, New York, and garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, I bring my experience as a competitive synchronized swimmer, professional knitter, and co-founder of the Art Monastery Project to inform my work. Investigating the relationships among contemplative practice, studio practice, and other kinds of practice (such as swim practice), my work explores breath, repetition, and pattern. My visual work; which takes the form of meditative “breath paintings,” large-scale pattern-based drawings, and abstract mandala videos; has been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome.

In 2007, I co-founded the Art Monastery Project, an international non-profit arts organization dedicated to applying the collaborative and intentional “social sculpture” of monastic life to art-making and creativity. Through the Art Monastery, I have organized a variety of immersive experiences, ranging from daylong to monthlong immersions in silence, meditation practice, and experiences aimed at cultivating connection with one’s authentic voice.

In July 2013, I published a book, Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking, which I co-authored, co-edited, designed and illustrated. In March 2017, I published a workbook, Live Your Dream: Start Here. Start Now, which I authored, edited, designed and illustrated.

My writing and visual art have been featured in publications such as Buffalo Magazine, Readymade, Lucky, Bust, MacWorld, San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Gazette, Knitty, as well as repeated television appearances.

I am a founding Core Team Member of the International Partnership for Transformative Learning.

I lived in various locations throughout Italy from 2008 to 2013, with a group of artists transforming historic monasteries into arts production centers as part of the Art Monastery. I currently split my time between Green Gulch Farm / Green Dragon Zen Temple (near San Francisco, CA) and Art Monastery Vermont in Springfield, VT.

Contact

Betsy McCall

betsy@artmonastery.org

 

Instagram: biggiemcsmalls

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Upcoming

12 June 2018 ~ Brush Heart Mind, Time & Space

7-9pm, 59 Main Street, Springfield, Vermont

 

14-20 July 2018 ~ Artmonk Retreat: Hosting the Muse, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

 

July 2018 ~ Solo show: Hiding a Heron in the Moonlight, San Francisco Zen Center

Opening Reception Friday, July 7 at 7:30pm, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, California

 

9-12 August 2018 ~ Wild & Well, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

 

19-24 August 2018 ~ Heart Mind: Art & Zen, Green Dragon Zen Temple, Muir Beach, CA

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Education

2009 – San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California

Painting & Video, MFA

1998 – Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Painting & Animation, distinction in the major, BA

Recent Exhibitions

July 2017 ~ Emerge, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

May 2017 ~ Two-Person show: Mirror, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

August 2016 ~ Two-Person show: Mirror, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

March 2016 ~ Emerge, Art Monastery, Boulder, CO

November 2015 ~ Sis Qui Sitit, PRIME Festival, New York City

October 2015 ~ Two-Person show: Be Leave, Julia Pond Gallery, London, UK

September 2015 ~ Terce, ReTe, Caramanico d’Abruzzo, Italy

July 2015 ~Terce, Festival Internazionale d’Teatro, Pescara, Italy

December 2014 ~ Mandala, ANDC, Oakland, CA

July 2013 ~ Pietre e Mare, Nowhere Festival, Zaragoza, Spain

May 2013 ~ Solo show: Pietre e Mare, Acaya, Italy

February 2013 ~ Art/Work, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Recent Lectures, Workshops & Social Sculpture Experiences

October 2017 ~ Wild Women, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

September 2017 ~ Artmonk Retreat: Hosting the Muse, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

June-August 2017 ~ Art Monastic Laboratory: None, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

June 2017 ~ Artmonk Retreat: Hosting the Muse, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

March 2017 ~ Ospita La Tua Vostra Trasformazione, ArtE, Cittá di Castello, Italy

March 2017 ~ Hosting Social Innovation, Sendzimir Foundation, Warsaw, Poland

February 2017 ~ Mirror, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

September 2016 ~ Mirror, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

September 2016 ~ Hosting Social Innovation, Galletto, Montegabbione, Italy

September 2016 ~ Ospita La Tua Vostra Trasformazione, ArtE, Cittá di Castello, Italy

August 2016 ~ Transformational Rituals & Art, Changemaker Festival, Berlin

August 2016 ~ Artmonk Retreat, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

July 2016 ~ Mirror, Art Monastery, Springfield, VT

April 2016 ~Artmonk Retreat: Hosting the Muse, Art Monastery, Boulder, CO

March 2016 ~Artmonk Retreat: Hosting the Muse, Art Monastery, Boulder, CO

February 2016 ~Artmonk Retreat: Hosting the Muse, Art Monastery, Boulder, CO

September 2015 ~ Hosting Transformation, Changemaker Festival, Calabria, Italy

November 2015 ~ Creativity, Community, Contemplation, Prime Festival, New York City

August 2015 ~ Art Monastic Laboratory: Terce, Clarisse, Caramanico d’Abruzzo, Italy

June 2015 ~ Painting with the Breath, ReTe Festa di Teatro Internazionale, Pescara, Italy

February 2014 ~ Artmonk Experience, Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA

July 2013 ~ Connection with Source, Changemaker Festival, Järna, Sweden

May 2013 ~ Artmonk Encounter, LaMaMa, New York City, NY

May 2013 ~ Incontro con gli Artmonks, Masseria Erchi Piccolo, Lecce, Italy

February 2013 ~ Artmonk Retreat, Briarcombe, Bolinas, CA

December 2012 ~ Artmonk Experience, LaMaMa, New York City, NY

July 2012 ~ Shedding the Snake Skin, Labro, Italy

June 2012 ~ Drawing from the Heart, Labro, Italy

May 2012 ~ Artmonk Experience, Colle di Costa, Labro, Italy

May 2012 ~ Artmonk Experience, Teatro Comunale, Rieti, Italy

January 2012 ~ Artmonk Retreat, Briarcombe, Bolinas, CA

Publications

Editor, Author & Illustrator of Live Your Dream: Start Here. Start Now. (2017)

Co-Editor, Co-Author, Art Director, & Illustrator of Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking. (2013)

Published in Readymade Magazine, MacWorld Magazine, Knitty, and Straw.com

Work featured in Lucky Magazine, Bust Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area Reporter, Advocate, and Houston Gazette

Organizations

Co-Founder, Art Monastery Project

Co-Founder, International Partnership for Transformative Learning

Co-Founder, Choreographer, San Francisco Tsunami Synchronized Swimming Team

Grants

2015-2017 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership “Hosting Eco-Social Innovation”

2011-2013 Grundtvig Lifelong Learning Partnership “Hosting Transformation”

Contact

betsy@artmonastery.org