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About Betz


Betz Bernhard grew up outside New York City. She earned a B.F.A. from The Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington where she studied ceramic sculpture. Over the years she has worked in many mediums including ceramics, concrete, mosaics, printmaking, and recently fabric.

She has created public art for the Woodland Park Zoo, the City of Tacoma, several Washington State schools and SeaTac Airport.  Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.


About the Work


“Several years ago I fell in love with old Japanese kimono silk. I found myself spending long hours meditating over combinations of color and texture. Although I create my work by stitching together fabric on a sewing machine, my approach is more like an abstract painter than a quilt maker… the beauty of the silk shows me the way.”  – Betz Bernhard



M.F.A. University of Washington 1978

B.F.A. Kansas City Art Institute 1975


Gallery Representation

Zinc Contemporary, Seattle WA



2014 Cat and Dog Clinic of Bellevue, Bellevue WA

2000 Washington State Arts Commission Direct Purchase, Tacoma School District, Crescent Heights Elementary, WA

1991 Sea-Tac Airport Concourse Improvement Project, Port of Seattle, Seattle WA

1990 Washington State Arts Commission Direct Purchase, Central Kitsap School District and Issaquah School District, WA

1989 Shoreline District Court Art Project, King County Arts Commission, Seattle WA

1988 Jennie Reed Elementary, Tacoma WA

1983 Washington State 1% for Art, Norman Rockwell Elementary, Redmond WA

1980 Fire Station #5, 1% for Art, Tacoma WA

1979 Woodland Park Zoo, City of Seattle 1% for Art, Seattle WA

1979 Woodland Park Zoo, private commission, Seattle WA


Private and Corporate Collections

Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Palo Alto CA

Microsoft, Redmond, WA

McDonalds Corporate Headquarters, Bellevue WA

Woods and Associates, Seattle WA

The Bellevue Club, Bellevue WA

Lillian Vernon, Rye NY

Leonard and Norma Klorfine, Seattle WA

Bill Gates, Medina WA


Selected Exhibitions

2018 Zinc Contemporary Gallery, Seattle, WA

2017 Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Inc., Bainbridge Island, WA

2017 ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016 Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA

2002 Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery, Kirkland WA

2001 Gallery 500, Philadelphia PA

1999 Seattle Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery, Seattle WA

1999 Gallery 500, Philadelphia PA

1999 Bainbridge Arts and Crafts Inc., Bainbridge Island WA

1996 Whatcom Museum of History and Art, Bellingham WA

1992 Kittridge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma WA

1991 Boise Art Museum, Boise ID

1989 Pulliam Nugent Gallery, Portland OR

1989 Mia Gallery, Seattle WA


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