McCallBetsy4loresBio

Raised in Buffalo, New York, and garnering degrees from Yale University and San Francisco Art Institute, I bring my experience as an internationally-ranked 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 animated mandala abstract videos; has been exhibited from San Francisco and New York to Amsterdam and Rome.

In July 2013, I published a book, Hosting Transformation: Stories from the Edge of Changemaking, which I co-edited, co-authored, 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.

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. I am also 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. I currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Resume

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 Presentations

December 2014 ~ ANDC: Mandala, San Francisco, CA

July 2013 ~ Nowhere Festival, Zaragoza, Spain

June 2013 ~ Changemaker Festival, Järna, Sweden

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

November 2012 ~ Solo show: Mercoledì a Erchie Piccolo Festival, Lecce, Italy

August 2012 ~ Art Monastery Short Film Festival, Labro, Italy

July 2012 ~ Spoleto Open Fringe Festival, Spoleto, Italy

October 2011 ~ Calici Sotto Le Stelle Festival, Labro, Italy

August 2011 ~ Art Monastery Short Film Festival, Labro, Italy

July 2011 ~ Solo show: Respiri, Colle di Costa, Italy

July 2011 ~ Calici Sotto Le Stelle Festival, Labro, Italy

June 2011 ~ Piccante Cuore Festival, Rieti, Italy

May 2011 ~ Solo show: Notte Bianco Medieovale Festival, Narni, Italy

May 2011 ~ Gioco di Fuoco, Colle di Costa, Italy

Recent Events

Contemplative Creative Experiences & Speaking Engagements

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

July 2013 ~ Changemaker Festival, YIP, 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 Experience, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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

June 2012 ~ Changemaker Gathering, Embercombe, Devon, UK

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

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

January 2012 ~ Artmonk Retreat, Briarcombe, Bolinas, CA

February 2011 ~ Spread the Love, New York City, NY

February 2011 ~ Spread the Love, Buffalo, NY

February 2011 ~ Spread the Love, Detroit, MI

February 2011 ~ Spread the Love, Bloomington Cooking School, Bloomington, IN

January 2011 ~ Spread the Love, Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA

January 2011 ~ Artmonk Retreat, Integratron, Mojave Desert, CA

Publications

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

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, Core Team, International Partnership for Transformative Learning

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

Contact

betsy@betsymccallworks.com