Youngquist, Betsy: 1965, USA

The Artist:

Betsy Youngquist was born in Rockford, IL in 1965. She earned her bachelors degree in art from North Park University in Chicago in 1988, and her masters degree in art education from UW-Madison in 1992. When in grade school Betsy Youngquist co-authored and illustrated a book for children The Two Friends. In 1998 the Illinois Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts exhibited a beaded painting, Flight of the Zebra. Eight years later Youngquist's animal forms became three dimensional, had human glass eyes and human feet, and her work was exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC.

Betsy Youngquist's work has come full circle. The human heads of her earlier paintings have found their way into sculptures as antique doll parts. What begins as unintentional connection between human and animals morphs into an explosion of texture and color. And, connection becomes obvious. For Ms. Youngquist, Anthropomorphism takes root. Animals are invested in her experience and she believes we are in theirs. " ...My life as an artist, and my story as a person are intertwined with the significance of the animals that cross my path. ...Sometimes I think we want to see ourselves in these creatures in order to hear the messages they bring."

Exhibitions, Publications, and Honors:

Youngquist's work is exhibited in galleries, juried exhibition and art fairs Internationally. Her art has recognized by the award prizes and is published in books, catalogues and periodicals.

Selected Publications: Bead International 2008; The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Ohio University Press, cover, 2008; 500 Handmade Dolls, Lark Books, 2007; "Expressive Treatments of Nature", Bead Dreams- Bead and Button Magazine special edition, Spring 2005; American Style Magazine, cover, April 2005; 500 Beaded Objects, Lark Books, 2004;"Dreaming Beaded Creatures" by Pam O'Connor; Bead and Button Magazine, Issue #55, June, 2003; The Best in Contemporary Beadwork; Bead International 2002, produced by The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Interweave Press, 2002; Beading Bravura, Sara Schwartz, St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, October, 2001; Women's Work, edited by Kathleen Baxter, American Artist, February, 2000; The Best in Contemporary Beadwork; Bead International 2000, The Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center co-produced by Beadwork Magazine, Interweave Press, 2000; Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium, Clare Henry, Women in the Arts, produced by The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Fall, 1999; Illinois Women Artists: The New Millennium, The Illinois Committee for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The University of Illinois Press, 1999. Selected Juried Exhibitions: Bead International, traveling, The Dairy Barn-Southeastern Ohio Cultural Arts Center, Athens, Ohio, 2000, 2002, 2008; Illinois Woman Artists: The New Millennium, traveling, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, 1999; Annual Quad-State Juried Exhibition, Quincy Arts Center, Quincy, IL, 1999; Passionate Obsessions, The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI, 1998; State Line and Vicinity Show, The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 1994; Selected Invitational Exhibitions: Eccentric Insects: The Hine's Emerald Dragonfly Project; The Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI, 2010; SOFA, Next Step Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2009, 2010. Rockford Artists at VIDA, The VIDA Museum, Borgholm, Sweden, 2009; Crossing Threads, Crossing Boundaries, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, lL, 2009; Light of the Moon, solo exhibition, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 2008; All About Beads, Pismo Gallery, Denver, CO, 2006, 2007-2008; Enchantment, ARTspace of the John Kohler Arts Center, Kohler, WI, 2006; Two Person Show with sculptor Ritch Branstrom, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI, 2004; One Person Show, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL, 2004. Solo Exhibition, Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL, 2002. Three Person Show, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2001; Images In Hope, The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL, 2001; The Annual Fine Crafts Show, Art Resources Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, 2000, 2001; The Animal Show, Handsel Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, 2000; Two Person Show, North Park University, Chicago, IL, 1999; Invocation, traveling, Governor's State University, Park Forest South, IL, 1994. National Liberty Museum Invitational Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA, 2006; Selected Juried Art Festivals: St. Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO, First Place, 2009; Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford, IL, Best of Show, 2009. Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO, Shared Best of Show, 2009; American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, 2005-2008. Award of Excellence 2007; Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington D.C., 2005; Washington Craft Show, Washington, DC, 2005, 2006; St. Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO, 2005, 2006; First Place 2005. Best of Show 2006; Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI, Artist Award 2005-2008; Artist Award 2008; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA, 2003-2008. Best of Show 2003; Artist Award 2008; Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007; Merit Award 2000; Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Coconut Grove, FL, 2001-2003; The Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO, 1999-2004, 2006, 2007; Second Place 1999, 2000; Invitational Award 2006; Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, IL, 1999-2004; Second Place 1999;Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL, 2000, 2007, 2008; Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA, 2006-2008; Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, 2006, 2007. Selected Awards and Honors: Coconut Grove Art Festival, Coconut Grove, FL, Best of Show, 2009; The Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO, Invitational Award 2006; Gold Award 2008; Shared Best of Show 2009. Invitational Award 2010; Lakefront Festival of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI, Artist Award, 2005, 2008; New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA, Best of Show 2003; Artist Award 2008; Juror 2009.Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA, 2006-2009; American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD; Award of Excellence, 2007; St. Louis Art Fair, Saint Louis, MO, First Place 2005. Best of Show 2006; First Place 2009; Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington DC, 2005; Cherry Creek Arts Festival Denver, CO, Merit Award 2000. Second Place 2010. Selected Corporate and Museum Collections: VIDA Museum, Borgholm, Sweden; Behr Industries, Rockford, IL; Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Johnson, Marblehead, MA.; Epic Systems, Madison, WI; North Park University, Chicago, IL; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; The University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL; The University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI.

The Art:

Betsy Youngquist's mixed media beadwork reflects a fascination with the intersection of humans, animals, and mythology. Stemming from a life-long love of all creatures great and small, Betsy Youngquist's work weaves together the human and animal spirit through a surrealistic lens. When creating her embellished objects, Ms. Youngquist often collaborates with sculptor R. Scott Long in designing and constructing the forms. Each artwork starts as a unique carving. The surfaces are encrusted with beads and found materials in a mosaic process, sometimes incorporating fragments of antique porcelain dolls. Contact us, to discuss other Bead Sculpture, not shown on our site at this time. To see a wonderful video about and by Betsy Youngquist, please visit our BlogSpot at our comments link.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. Detail of 'Fishy Whale'. Bead Sculpture 16" x 11"x 7". Close-Up | Closer.

$6,800.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. Full Image of 'Fishy Whale'. Bead Sculpture 16" x 11"x 7" Close-Up

$6,800.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. Full Image of 'Otto'. Bead Sculpture 11" x 07"x 17"Close-Up

$11,400.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. Underside of 'Otto'. Bead Sculpture 11" x 07"x 17"Close-Up | Closer.

$11,400.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. View One of 'Harry'. Bead Sculpture 11" x 07"x 17"Close-Up

$4,000.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. View Two of 'Harry'. Bead Sculpture 11" x 07"x 17"Close-Up

$4,000.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. View One of 'Thump'. Bead Sculpture 15" x 08" x 06"Close-Up

$7,500.

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Betsy Youngquist. Betsy Youngquist, 'View Two of Thump'. Bead Sculpture 11" x 07"x 17"Close-Up

$7,500.

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Betsy Youngquist. Betsy Youngquist, 'Tricky Dog'. Bead Sculpture 11" x 07"x 17"Close-Up

$2,400.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View One of 'Buck Fish' Bead Sculpture 06 " x 12" x 04"Close-Up

$2,800.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View Two of 'Buck Fish' Bead Sculpture 06 " x 12" x 04"Close-Up

$2,800.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. 'Androclese and the Cat' 22" x 12" x 08"Close-Up

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View One of 'Pernilla' Bead Sculpture 05" x 06" x 03"Close-Up

$2,800.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View Two of 'Pernilla' Bead Sculpture 05" x 06" x 03"Close-Up

$2,800.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View One of 'Mr. Wizzard' Bead Sculpture 15" x 06" x 10"Close-Up

$5,000.

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. 'Woody' Bead Sculpture 11 " x 10" x 06"Close-Up

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View One of 'Shakespear' Bead Sculpture 06 " x 12" x 04"Close-Up

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Betsy Youngquist, USA.View Two of 'Shakespear' Bead Sculpture 06 " x 12" x 04"Close-Up

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Betsy Youngquist, USA. 'Gomer' Sculpture 06 " x 12" x 04"Close-Up

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