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E. Thomas Bettin

Edward Thomas Bettin was born September 27, 1948. Bettin is a resident of Salt Lake City. He is a ceramist, graphic designer, painter, and educator. He majored in art at the University of Utah, earning his undergraduate degree there in the mid-1970's.

By 1977, the artist conducted classes in ceramics at the Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City, and was also represented at the Salt Lake Public Library's Atrium Gallery with a one-man show of works in oil on canvas, ceramic, wood, and a group of numbered mix-media drawings. Many of the titles there were quite provocative in nature: They Can Never Take My Ruby Lips, Deathly Sweet Came My Mind, Death of an Artist, Prisontation, and Metaphysics.

By January 1985 it was "back to nature" for Bettin, namely ceramics, yet this too was expressed within a context ranging from mystery to the down-to-earth. Bettin stated "I like my pots to reflect the earth because that's where the clay comes from." At the time his work was being shown in a Finch Lane Gallery exhibition entitled Art for Worship Spaces.

Biographical information adapted from Artists of Utah.

Edward Thomas Bettin, of Salt Lake City, is a ceramist, graphic designer, painter, and educator. He majored in art at the University of Utah, earning his undergraduate degree there in the mid-1970's. By 1977, the artist conducted classes in ceramics at the Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City, and was also represented at the Salt Lake Public Library's Atrium Gallery with a one-man show of works in oil on canvas, ceramic, wood, and a group of numbered mix-media drawings. Many of the titles there were quite provocative in nature: They Can Never Take My Ruby Lips, Deathly Sweet Came My Mind, Death of an Artist, Prisontation, and Metaphysics. By January 1985 it was "back to nature' for Bettin ceramics, yet this too within a context ranging from mystery to the down-to-earth. Stated Bettin, "I like my pots to reflect the earth because that's where the clay comes from." In fact, his work was then being shown in a Finch Lane Gallery exhibition entitled Art for Worship Spaces.

Biography courtesy Artist of Utah

Newspaper Articles

"3 Exhibitions Take Bold, Imaginative Plunges into The 3rd Dimension." The Deseret News, August 22, 1993.

"The 69th Utah Spring Salon: Prestigious Show Features Variety of Artistic Styles." The Deseret News, May 9, 1993.

"Architect Sisters Build On Framework Of Art For Prize-Winning Reputations." The Salt Lake Tribune, January 2, 1994.

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, September 8, 1991.

"Artworks That are Hot and Cool are Just Right for Area Galleries." The Deseret News, October 10, 1993.

"Best Bets." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 26, 1993.

"Coming Up: Visual Art." The Salt Lake Tribune, September 12, 1999.

"Educational Statement." The Salt Lake Tribune, August 17, 1994.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, October 18, 1998.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, August 22, 1993.

"Indians, Artist to Create New Sculpture." The Deseret News, August 10, 1994.

"Judge Memorial High Staging Pre-Thanksgiving Fund-Raiser." The Deseret News, November 18, 2003.

"News Exhibits Are Framed with Element of Surprise." The Deseret News, June 19, 1994.

"Other Cities' Tempests Make S.L. Sculpture Fiasco Seem Tame." The Deseret News, August 18, 1994.

"Paperwork Shows at Art Center Prove Ripping Good Exhibits." The Deseret News, August 4, 1991.

"Redefining the Notion of 'Fine Art'." The Deseret News, June 30, 1991.

"S.L. Officials Agree to Remove Metal Sculpture From Library." The Deseret News, August 9, 1994.

"See What 50 Million Years Can Do! Judge Class Creates a Glimpse of The Future." The Deseret News, April 27, 1988.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, September 12, 1999.

"Spring Salon Displays Vitality and Variety of Old and New Artists." The Deseret News, April 21, 1991.

"Utah Marquee: Visual Arts." The Salt Lake Tribune, October 22, 1999.

Books

Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

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