Betsy Cain


        Artwork Exhibitions Resume Links Studio


P.O. Box 9751

Savannah, GA 31412



MFA/ BFA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Upcoming Exhibitions:

Betsy Cain, Marcus Kenney, Cedric Smith, #art 912, the National Arts

Club, NYC, October 18th - October 28, 2016. Sponsored by The Telfair

Museums, Visit Savannah, Savannah Economic Development Authority, and the Grey Restaurant, Curated by Rachel

Reese, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia.

Recent Exhibitions:

/fresh/,1704 Lincoln, new work with Marcus Kenney, Christine Sajecki, Katherine Sandoz and Blanche Nettles Powers,

May 2015, Savannah, Georgia.

Wrack and Ruin and the Creative Response, A Cautionary Environmental Tale, February 2014, The Circle Gallery,

College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia; with David J. Kaminsky, documentation

and artistic response to a Coastal Georgia environmental issue:

Second Nature: Artists Respond To Our Changing Environment, an exhibition to celebrate The Nature Conservancy,

Curated by Barbara Archer, Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, April 26-May 17, 2014.

Recent Publications

Southern Artists To Watch in 2015, South Magazine, 9th Year Anniversary Issue, February 2015.

100 Southern Artists, E. Ashley Rooney with Paula Allen, Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Sept 2012.

La Biennale 2012 at the Stanback, catalog to the exhibition. I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, South Carolina

State University, color image: "landscape ancestor #1".

Push Pull, Examining the Intensity of Betsy Cain's Paintings, by Stephen Knudson, Professional Artist Magazine, April


in situ, Betsy Cain, catalogue to the exhibition, The Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia, essay by Holly

Koons McCullough, 2011.

Studio Visit, Volume 7, a juried selection of international visual artists, The Open Studio Press, 2009.

Painter’s Reel; Contemporary Painting in Georgia, Catalog; Noted Georgia painters select, engage, and reflect on the

work of their contemporaries, color images: isle of elongation #1, page 17, isle of elongation #2, page 19. Essay by

Rocio Rodrigues, page 16.

Beyond the Gift of Time, Catalog; Current work by former Fellows of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, color

image: Sino-Slide, 2006.

Curated Invitational Exhibitions

Second Nature, Artists Respond to Our Changing Environment, The Goat Farm Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, curated

by Barbara Archer for the Nature Conservancy and the Goat Farm Center, April-May, 2014.

Georgia Artists Selecting Georgia Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, Georgia, June-August 2013

Collection Currents: Modern and Contemporary Art from Telfair Museums, The Jepson Center for the Arts, June 29-

November 18, 2012.

La Biennale 2012 at the Stanback, I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, South Carolina State University,

Orangeburg, SC. April 20 -August 6, 2012. Inaugural art exhibition which included work of contemporary art


UK, Israel, Canada, and the US. Curated by Ellen Zisholtz, Director.

Abstraction Now, Gallery Walk At Terminus, Atlanta, Georgia, curated by Anne Lambert Tracht, through November


Physical/Metaphysical, selected paintings by Rocio Rodrigues, Don Cooper, and Betsy Cain, Gallery 101, curated by

Jeffrey Whittle, Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art of Georgia, The University of Georgia, August 17- September 15,


The Painter's Reel, Contemporary Painting in Georgia, curated by Corrinne Colarusso for the Macon Museum of Arts

and Sciences. Noted Georgia painters select, engage, and reflect on the work of their contemporaries, January 2009.

Exhibition traveled to the Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia, in January 2010, then to the Morris Museum

of Art, Augusta, Georgia June 2010. Featured artists Corrine Colarusso, Don Cooper, Rocio Rodrigues, Betsy Cain,

Marcus Kenney, Cheryl Goldsleger, Tom Nakashima, Philip Morseberger, Art Rosenbaum, Scott Belville and Stephanie


Curated Invitational Exhibitions, continued

2007 Collector's Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, selected by Ellen Plummer, Executive Director,

Curators: Phaedra Siebert, Anne Gochenour, and Joe Lampo. November 30-December 2007.

Curated Invitational Exhibitions:

Georgia Painters, Macon Museum of Art, Macon Georgia, 2005.

Live Art, Space 301, Mobile, Alabama, curated by Wanda Sullivan. A juried exhibition of works by 20 artists from the

southeast, October 2004-Jan 2005.

Elizabeth Cain and Alex Powers, Works on Paper, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia. April 20 - May

28, 2004. Curated by Amy Ethridge.

Georgia Triennial, 2002-2003. Presented by the Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah;

Georgia, curated by Louise Shaw.

An exhibition featuring 30 of Georgia’s most innovative contemporary artists. Traveled to: City Gallery East, Atlanta;

Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon; Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah; and the Albany Museum of Art, Albany.

Visions, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, Gainesville, Georgia; April 2003-May 2003. Featured artists: Carmel Anderson,

Elizabeth Cain, Kathie Hanson, Donna Mintz, Karen Selsor, Kenson Thompson.

The Essence of Nature, Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Curated by Marianne Lambert, May 1-June 14,


The Women’s History Month Art Show, Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, NC; 2001“Hypnotic-Post, Atlanta Abstraction

Now”, Swan Coach House; curated by Michael Pittarri, Editor, Art Papers; Atlanta, Georgia; January 2000.

Southern Exposure: Small Works by Regional and Local Artists, Owens-Thomas Regional Arts Gallery, Telfair Museum

of Art, Savannah, Georgia: November 4 - January 5, 1998. Lecture by Holly Koons, Assistant Curator of Education.

Featured Artists : Mary Adams, Elise Ansel, Michael Chad Barrett, Elizabeth Cain, Nocole Foster, Rene Kuntz, Karen

Nangle, Joseph Shields, Mark Uzmann.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Selections, Betsy Cain, solo exhibition at Florida Mining Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida, September 7 - November 2,

2012. Paintings, cut-outs and works on paper.

In Situ, August 6-December 4, 2011, Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia, Solo exhibition.

unbound, new works on canvas & paper, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, New York, April 9 - May 9, 2009.

Paintings and Works on Paper, Project Room, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, New York, March 18th - May 10th,


Paintings, Cutouts, Works on Paper, Rosewood Contemporary Art Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, March 9, 2007.

pairs, Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, December 2002.

Paintings, Gallery Victoria, Naples, Florida, February 2001.

New Works, Sandler/Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1998.

Cut-outs, Gouaches and Other small Works, Owens-Thomas Regional Gallery, Telfair Museum Of Art, Savannah,

Georgia, 1996.

Paintings and Drawings, A Retrospective, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, 1993.

Paintings, Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, Georgia, January 1993.

Paintings, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, May 1991.

Selected Works from 1979-1989, Armstrong State College, Savannah, Georgia; November 1989.

Paintings and Drawings, Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia; February 1989.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Cain, Powers, Sandoz, 1704 Lincoln, inaugural show with Blanche Nettles Powers and Katherine Sandoz, Savannah,

Georgia, May 6-June 25, 2011.

Spill,a juried exhibition addressing the Gulf and other environmental crises, Indigo Sky Gallery, Oct 22- Nov 6, 2010.

Summer in Suite 402, Robert Steele Gallery, NY,NY, August 4-August 18, 2009. Betsy Cain, Laurie Frick, Martyn

Jones, Preston Orr, Graham Sears and Keizo Ushio. (First exhibition in the new gallery space).

Summer Guest House, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, gallery artists invite guest artists for a summer show,

June 16 - August 1, 2009.

7 from Savannah, 2 Car Garage, Savannah, Georgia, March 13-April 14, 2009. Featured artists: Betsy Cain, Susanne

Carmack, Heather Deyling, Deb Oden, Christine Sajecki, Alexandro Santana, and Todd Schroeder.

Summer Show, Gallery Artists, Robert Steele Gallery, NY, NY, Summer, 2008.

Twilight, Three Perspectives, 2Car Garage Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, Betsy Cain, John Olenyik, Preston Russell, to

benefit Savannah's Children's Theatre, Feb 29- Mar 25, 2008.

Beyond the Gift of Time, Current work by Former Fellows of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program, Roswell

Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico, May 19, 2007-January 13, 2008.

Woman's Image, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia, April 7, 2007- May 6, 2007.

Trees and Marshes, Grand Bohemian Gallery, Mansion on Forsyth Park, Savannah, Georgia, June 15, 2007- July 14,


5 To Collect 2005, Hospice Savannah, Savannah, Georgia, Jan - Feb 2005.

Drawings and/or works on Paper, Sandler-Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, December 2004-January 2005.

Five Savannah Artists, Spiller/Vincenty Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida. December 2001. Curated by Cynthia


Portraits, Self and Otherwise, Sandler-Hudson Gallery, July, 1999.

Gallery Artists, Sandler/Hudson Gallery, August 1997.

Eros Rising , A Valentine Show, City Market, Savannah, Georgia, February, 1997.

Gallery Artists, Fay Gold Gallery, August 1995.

Southern Women II, Fay Gold Gallery, 1994.

Works by Southern Women, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, April 1992.

Touloose To Group At Telfair Square, Telfair Museum symposium on Art in  Historic Places, May 1992:site-specific

sculpture and performance

Contemporary Art by American Women, The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Georgia, March 1991.

Women's Visions, Art Inside, Cocoa Beach, Florida, May 1991.

The Eccentric Landscape, Ester Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, June 1990.

Eleven Women Artists, Brenau College, Gainesville, Georgia, April 1990

Birmingham Biennial, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama; May 1989.

Touloose To Group To Piccolo, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC: site-specific sculpture and performance, June 1989.

Detour, the shortest, most under curated exhibition in the history of Savannah, GA: (24 artists), 1987.

National Women Artist Invitational Exhibition, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, 1986.

New Figuration, Harsh Images on Canvas, Asheville Museum of Art, Ashville, North Carolina, 1986.

Artists In Georgia, University of Georgia Art Museum, Athens, Georgia, 1985.

Birmingham Biennial, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, 1985.

The Alternative Biennial, Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia, 1985.


Juror, This ain't Junk, Repurposing Competition, a competitive exhibition reusing discarded building materials   to make

art. Organized by Emergent Structures and Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity, Savannah, Georgia, April 8, 2011.

Juror, Sense of Place, a national competitive exhibition held by the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, Georgia,

Sept- Oct , 2010.

Juror and guest artist, Spill, a juried exhibition addressing the Gulf and other environmental crises, Indigo Sky Gallery,

Savannah, Georgia, Oct-Nov, 2010.


Georgia Women In The Visual Arts, Governor’s Award, 1997.

Artist Initiated Grant, Georgia Council for the Arts, 1992.

Southern Expressions Regional Purchase Award, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, 1991.

Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico; Artist-in Residence Grant; 1980 to 1981.

Projects/ Workshops

Paint it up and cut it out!, The Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia, one day community workshop.

Participants work was exhibited in the Studio Gallery for two weeks, October 2011.

The Jepson Center for the Arts, Savannah, Georgia, one day community painting workshop in conjunction with the

Painter's Reel Exhibition, March 2010.

The Gertrude Herbert Museum, Augusta, Georgia, re-certification workshop for high-school art teachers and teachers

from all disciplines. Creative exercises. Feb, 2007, August, 2003.

Pritchard’s Island Artist Retreat, Pritchard’s Island, South Carolina. Awarded by the Beaufort Arts Council, Beaufort,

South Carolina; March 2003

EarthWatch Grant, The Erzbischofliches Diozesanmuseum Koln, an interdisciplinary project in Cologne, Germany,

June 1997. Fine Arts Team, Teresa Norton, Director.


Cultural Committee, Ossabaw Island Foundation, Ossabaw Island, Georgia, 2009 -2011.

Cultural Affairs Commission, City of Savannah, Georgia. Appointment by Savannah City Council and Mayor. The

Commission sets policy and recommends funding for all cultural events for the City of Savannah; 1994-1997.

Town Forum, Public discussion and discourse on the state of the arts in Savannah, Georgia, May 1996, organized by

AHA, Artists helping Artists.

Artists Groups

Creative Force Artists Collective, Savannah, Georgia, interdisciplinary artists collaborate on projects.

ArtSounds, an exhibition in conjunction with the Savannah Music Festival, Indigo Sky Gallery, Savannah, Georgia,

March-April, 2011.

Spill, a curated exhibition addressing the Gulf and other environmental crises, Indigo Sky Gallery, Savannah,

Georgia, Oct-Nov 2010, curated by Harry Delorme and Betsy Cain.

Nuance, curated by Henry Dean, an exhibition subtleness and nuance, Fall 2009.

Seeing Sounds, innovative approach to art, music and the creative process, Savannah Music Festival and the

Telfair Museum of Art, performance at the Jepson Center for the Arts, March 22, 2009.

S.P.A.C.E, City Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, “Seeing Sounds” Collaborative sculptural installation, exhibition and

performance, March 6 - April 7, 2009.

MEAT, Meddin Evolving Artist Theatre, Savannah, Georgia; artists create working studios and stage community events

and exhibitions in an old meat packing company, 2006-2009.

April 4, 2009, MEAT artists joined ‘Taste’ artists for an art and live performance event.

Touloose To Group, Co-Founder with Gary Miller, a loose group of visual, performing, and literary artists; Savannah,

Georgia. Founded 1987.

AHA (Artists Helping Artists), Co-Founder with Larry Gray, organized to take stands on artistic issues that effect

individual artists as well as the cultural community as a whole. Savannah, Georgia. Founded 1994.

Public Collections

College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico.

University of Alabama, University, Alabama

The Residency Collection, Donald B. Anderson, Roswell, New Mexico

Corporate Collections

Westin Hotel, Savannah, Georgia

Chemical Bank, New York, New York

Hyatt Regency, Cologne, Germany

Hyatt Regency, Washington, DC

Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia

Kessler Enterprises, Atlanta, Georgia

United States Treasury Department, Atlanta, Georgia

Coca-Cola USA, Atlanta, Georgia

Holder Properties, Atlanta, Georgia

King and Spaulding, Atlanta, Georgia

Alston & Bird, Atlanta, Georgia

Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

Gallery Affiliations

Florida Mining Gallery

5300 Shad Road

Jacksonville, FL  32257


Reynolds Square Fine Art Gallery

30 Abercorn Street

Savannah, GA  31401


J Costello Gallery

P O Box 22827

Hilton Head Island, SC  29925



Coastal Art & Antiques, 5 to Collect 2005, Jan 2005 issue, by Allison Hersh and Tim A. Rutherford, Synopsis of work,

page 7 and photo cover, Frogmore Duet oil on cutout board, 2004.

Southern Poetry Review, 43:1 Spring Summer, 2004. cover Image: Totem, photo-gram, 1991.

Live Art, Space 301, (catalog of the exhibition), Center For the Living Arts, Mobile Alabama, artist statement and

image: Diurnal Duet, oil on canvas, pg. 8, 2002.

Preview, Telfair Museum of Art, October-December 2004.Color reproduction on back cover, Low country construct #1,

2002). One of a pair of paintings purchased by the museum.

Georgia Triennial 2002/2003, (catalogue of the exhibition), Telfair Museum Of Art, Savannah, Georgia, 2002: with color

reproduction on page 14, Mud Island Spin, 2001, also essay by Curator Louise Shaw, page 13.

New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition- In -Print, Number 22: with color reproductions page 24, Sapelo Soup”,

1998, page 25, Romerly Marsh Maenad, 1998”, page 26, Ludowici Rain Dance ,1998, also artist statement and

biographical information, page 27.

National Women Artist Invitational Exhibition, (catalogue of the exhibition), Clemson University, Clemson , South

Carolina, 1986; with a b/w reproduction Bathing With Buddha,1985).

Artist In Georgia, (catalogue of the exhibition), Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, Georgia, 1985; with a b/w reproduction

Studio Models,1985.

Birmingham Biennial, (catalogue of the exhibition), Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, 1985; with b/w

reproduction on page 7, Icarus,1985; Witness and Ritual, 1985).

The Artist's Magazine, September 1986, color reproduction on page 24, Pheidippides, 1985).

30TH Arts Festival Of Atlanta (catalogue of the exhibition), Atlanta, Georgia,1983; with a b/w reproduction on page 25,

Don't Bite The Hand......,1982).

Artists In Georgia, (catalogue of the exhibition), Lamar Dodd Art Center, 1982; with a b/w reproduction, Anima, Animus,


Hersh, Allsion, Checking in with Betsy Cain, Queen of Abstraction, the Savannah Morning News, Accent, page 1,

Sunday, August 7, 2011.

Hersh, Allison. Twilight expressions, artists focus on that time of day when the light fades away, The Savannah

Morning, News, Savannah, Georgia, March 9, 2008, with color reproductions Dusk Shape, 2008", Memory Shield,


Hersh, Allison. Triple Threat, the Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, May 15, 2011, with a color

reproduction, nerve flower #2, 2009.

Donovan, Suzanne. An artist speaks to herself, to all of us, The Savannah Morning News, Savannah, Georgia,

November 13, 2006, front page color photo, also page 1B Coastal Empire section.

Cullum, Jerry. Sandler offers visions in sizes large and small, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia,

October 2, 1998: page Q8, with color reproduction Romerly Marsh Maenad, 1998.

Cullum, Jerry. It’s All Women’s Work At Gold Gallery, The Atlanta Journal- Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, June 3, 1994;

page 20A, with b/w reproduction Marsh Meditation, 1994).

Dawers, Bill. Man about town: Betsy Cain show "in situ" offers many rewards, Savannah Morning News, August 11,

2011. A review.

DeLorme, Harry H. Elizabeth Cain, Art Papers, Nov/Dec 1991,Volume 15, #6; with a b/w reproduction Southern

Exclamation, 1991).

Demaline, Jackie. Betsy Cain's Art Captures Disparate Moods on Canvas, The Savannah News Press, 13 October,


Fox, Catherine. Cain Exhibit Accents Paintings, Not Pictures, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia,12

January, 1986; page 3j, with a b/w reproduction Two Figures, 1986).

Genders, Richard A. Visual Arts, Cain Projects 'Layers' Of Images, The Asheville Citizens-Times, Asheville, North

Carolina, June 1984; page 4L; with a b/w reproduction, Figure and Landscape,1984).

Herring, Neill. Stephan Bayless, Elizabeth Cain, Virginia Derryberry, Larry Gray, Patrick McCay, and Zdzislaw R.

Sikora, Art Papers, July/August, 1994, Volume 18, #4.

Howard, Rosanne. Cain's Art Captivates, The Savannah News Press, Savannah, Georgia, 17 July1988; page IF; with

color reproduction The Eye Is The First Circle, 1988; "Square Dance",1988).

Howard, Rosanne. Touloose TouGroup, The Savannah News Press, March 25, 1988, page 1D

Jinker-Lloyd, Amy. Artist's Layered Paintings Evoke Myth, Mathematics, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, with color

reproduction Pi-R-Square Dance,1988).

Knudson, Stephen, Push-Pull, Examining the Intensity of Betsy Cain's Paintings, Professional Artist Magazine, April


Marinucci, Marcelle. Getting to know Elizabeth Cain, Coastal Art and Antiques, Savannah Georgia, page 8, with color

reproduction Romerly Marsh Maenas, 1998.

Miller, Jack. New Southern Paintings, Art Papers, Atlanta, Georgia, March, April, 1989

Randall, Zoe. Waiting to see work of Elizabeth Cain, Connect Savannah, page B2, Savannah, Georgia , with 3 color

reproductions, 1999.

Rock, Maxinne. The Best Is Right Here, Fay Gold, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia; page 98

Schmidt, John.. Betsy Cain's 'Bathtub' An "Icon of the Times, The Savannah News Press, Savannah, Georgia, 13

November, 1983.

Shields, Kathleen. Paintings Complement Ceramics At Exhibit, The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico,

19 September 1982; page D6, with a b/w reproduction, Armchair with Leg, 1982.

Weyman, William. Expressionist Show At Armstrong, The GeorgiaGazette, 13 October 1982

Roswell Museum and Art Center, (Quarterly Bulletin, Volume 28, #4 Fall,1980), Roswell, New Mexico; with a b/w

reproduction, In Conference, 1980), also statement by artist and biographical information.

Money, Power and Sex: A self-help guide for all ages, by Robert Steed, color reproduction on cover ("Interior with

Figure and Landscape", 1980).

Brown's Guide To Georgia, January 1982, color reproduction on Cover, Blue Chair,1980)

A Guide To The Coca-Cola Company Art Collection'#15, Marionette-and Sundial, 1986; Tabletop Easel With Dog,


To Dance With the White Dog, a novel by Terry Kay, color reproduction on cover, 1990.