Betty J. Scarpino

Creative Renewal Arts Fellow - In 1999, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, established the Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program. Originally conceived as a renewal opportunity similar to an academic sabbatical, this groundbreaking initiative offers mid-career artists and arts administrators the opportunity to renew and refresh their creativity. In it's 9th round, the fellowship offers 30 artists and arts administrators $10,000 for an 18 month fellowship period.
Betty J. Scarpino


“My primary art activity is working with wood to make sculpture. Several years ago, I experiemented with woodcuts and fell in love with the process. I joined INprint, a printmaking group in Indiana, and I have participated in several of their print exchanges. Two years ago as a resident artist in Pennsylvania, I worked with a printer to create a major woodcut print. Many of the shapes I use in my sculpture appear in my prints, so I became intrigued with the idea of combining wood-turned forms

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Scarpino plans to continue to make wood sculpture and to explore woodcut print making. The combination of these two media has unlimited possibility for exploration, way beyond her initial dreaming. “As I make each cut, I get closer to those new discoveries, enriching my life in the process.: – Scarpino

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Represented in the permanent collection of more than 12 major museums, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Featured in New Masters of Woodturning, 2008; Creative Renewal Arts Fellow, 1999



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