Bette Ann Libby’s images have been inspired by her sojourn in Samoa and travels in Europe, Asia, India, the Middle and Far East. She has received numerous awards for her work, which have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US. Primarily a studio potter from 1972-1986, her functional ceramics were sold in over 30 galleries across the country. From 1985-1989, she was Director/Owner of the Mad River Valley Craft Fair, Waitsfield, VT. In 1986, she moved to Brookline where she began to explore ceramic sculpture and later ceramic shard mosaics.
In 1998, Bette Ann founded the sculptors’ collective, “Studios Without Walls”, which has received 13 consecutive MCC/BCA grants for site specific environmental installations in Brookline, MA. Its 16th year, exhibition, “Seen/Not Seen”, hosted by Brookline Parks Department, at Riverway Park, Brookline, April 26th- May 18th. 2015, will feature the work of 20 sculptors.
Bette Ann Libby’s community ceramic shard mosaic murals are permanently located in hospitals, schools and libraries. She is passionate about fostering the creative experience as a vehicle toward community connectivity and well-being. “Tree of Knowledge” community mosaic was created for the Jamaica Plain Sedgwick Branch Library, through a grant from the City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library. “The Great Wave” mosaic mural was created by The Otis Family School, parents learning English as a second language, for the James Otis School in East Boston, and funded through Harbor Arts and the East Boston Arts Foundation, 2013. A series of 20 mosaic panels, “The Village”, inspired by Paul Klee, were created at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts over the 2014 February Vacation week with 740 children. Eight of these are installed at the Martha Elliot Health Center, part of Boston Children’s Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Her most recent project, “Tulipmania” was created at Boston Children’s Hospital and is installed at the new Hale Family Center for Families.