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BETTY COLLIER (THEGE)
DATE OF BIRTH: 12th July 1942, Ballarat.
1959 – 1962
Trained Secondary Teachers Certificate Arts and Crafts, Melbourne Teachers Collage, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and Melbourne University.
1975 – 1977
Diploma of Fine Arts with a major in Sculpture, minor Painting, Ballarat College of Advanced Education. (Now the equivalent of a Bachelor of Fine Arts).
Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, University of Ballarat.
1963 – 1968
Taught Art at Ballarat East High School. – Full time.
1973 – 1977
Taught Aquinas Teachers College Part – time.
1979 - 2005
Joined Ballarat School of Mines and Industries, later called the Arts Academy, University of Ballarat, teaching Sculpture, Drawing & Art History. Full time. Retired February 2005.
2006 - 2011
Teaching painting, drawing and sculpture privately in my own studio.
My background has been in teaching Art, first at Secondary Schools and later, after 2 children, and upgrading my qualifications, at Tertiary level for 35 years.
I have pursued a serious study of Sculpture and Painting from my late 30's onwards, after travelling to Europe on study leave in 1982 and again in 2002 and 2010. I have also travelled to Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and around Australia studying both Contemporary Art and Indigenous Ar.t This has fired my own personal sculpture journey.
I am inspired by nature in both my subject matter and the media I use, looking to make sculpture that is timeless, durable and with a visual and spiritual harmony.
I like to explore different media and techniques, such as carving, using wood, limestone, pilbara jade and alabaster,. I also use construction techniques with oxy welded sheet steel and rods, model clay and wax. Each process requires a different thinking and gives an added challenge and keeps me focused and continually developing, which I hope to do for some years to come. I also paint, using watercolor, often combining it with pen and ink. I also experiment with mono printing and mixed media.
Other interests include running, cycling, walking, collecting, playing cards, gem stones and travel.
THE MOST IMPORTANT GROUP EXHIBITIONS.
1980 – 2011
Association of Sculptors of Victoria Annual Exhibition. Montsalvat, Melbourne from 1996 – 2008 & Manningham Gallery 2009. Eltham 2011.
1999 – 2000
Central Goldfields Sculptured Exhibition at the Central Goldfields Regional Arts Complex, Maryborough, Vic.
2003 – 2011
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc. Members Exhibitions, & The Collectors Exhibitions, Melbourne venues.
2006 & 2010
Symbiotics, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne
Without Pier Gallery, 27 Bay Road, Sandringham
The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Melbourne
Several Ballarat and district group exhibitions.
Exhibiting in the 2011 Florence Bienalle, Florence, Italy.
Castlemaine State Festival ASV Sculpture Prize.
2008 & 2011
Herring Island Summer Arts Festival
Tesselaar Tulip Festival Sculpture Exhibition.
Glenlyon Sculpture Exhibition.
2008 - 2011
Flanagan Art Prize (St Patrick's College, Ballarat).
Toorakvillage Festival of Sculpture
Contemporary Sculptors Association Inc. Annual Ehibition.
Geelong Sculptors Annual Exhibition, Geelong.
"The Gallery" at the Ballarat School of Mines and Industries Ltd.,
Lydiard St. Sth., Ballarat – 4/9/1998 – 27/9/1998. Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
"Looking Through My Eyes" Painting, Drawing and Sculpture, at Willabaa, Main Road Ballarat 21/1/2001 – 15/2/2001.
The Journey, the last ten years. Sculpture, Drawing, Painting and Photography. At the Warrnambool Regional Art Gallery, Warrnambool, Vic. 4/4/2005 – 1/5/2005
The Canberra Gallery, At The Vine Café Bar, Ballarat. Painting, Sculpture & Photography.22/1/2007 - 5/2/2007.
Second in the William Hoggan Thomas Memorial Award and Mabel Pryde Memorial Sculptural Prize, ran by the Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc. August – September.
Sculpture award by "Solid Solutions" for innovative use of material in the annual exhibition of the Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc. 28/8/2000 – 8/9/2000.
Special Prize “for most innovative use of materials” in the Contemporary Art Society of
Victoria Inc. Annual Exhibition 2003.
Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc. Stone Carving Award . Annual Exhibition.
First Prize in the Annual Exhibition of the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.
First Prize, Annual & Awards Exhibition, The Margaret Gunnerson & William Hoggan Thomas Memorial Award. Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc. Click here to view the award...
Honorable mention for carved sculpture, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Association of Sculptors of Victoria.
Commendation for carved sculpture, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Association of Sculptors of Victoria.
Second Prize for fabricated sculpture, Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, Association of Sculptors of Victoria.
Invited to Exhibit at the Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy December 2011 where a Medal for sculpture was received, the first Australian to do so. Received a 5th out of 145 sculptures from sculptors, from all over the world .
In the University of Ballarat Art Collection and also in private collections in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.
Association of Sculptors of Victoria Inc
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria Inc
Contemporary Sculptors Association of Victoria Inc
Victorian Sculptors Association
Geelong Sculptors Association
Ballarat Fine Arts Gallery Association