Born in Illinois, Beth Crowder moved to New York and attended the prestigious High School of Art and Design in 1965. This artist considers, though, the most important aspects of her art training to be when a "fellow artist shared his or her techniques" with her. Crowder's art education has been extensive and varied. In 1969, she joined "Friends World College" and for 3 years pursued art and anthropology in Mexico, East Africa, and India, during which time she attended classes at the Beaux Artes in San Miguel de Allende and apprenticed under artist Ann Leggett, a noted painter in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico. From 1975 until 1977, she was courtroom artist for WMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado and taught life drawing classes at the Denver Free University. In the years that followed Crowder has studied underpainting with Doug Dawson in Denver, Colorado; attended workshops with artist Daniel Green in Salem, N.Y.; and shared printmaking techniques with Betty Johnson in Mobile, Alabama.
Crowder's award winning pieces are in state's collections, and she has served as Artist in Residence for public schools and colleges. She has exhibited and taught workshops throughout the U.S. from 1975 to the present.
SELECTED SHOWS AND AWARDS:
Displays in approx. 12 shows a year.
Cherry Creek Art Festival
Coconut Grove art Festival, Miami
Artist in the Arts and Letters Series, Governor' Mansion, W. Va. Governor's Award, 1989
W. Va., juried exhibition Best of Show, 1992
Stonewall Jackson Juried Fine Art Award Best of Show, 1991
Award of Merit, Allied Artists of W. Va. Arts & Crafts Festival
Governor's Award, W. Va. Juried Exhibit, 1987
Artist in Residence, Harrison Co. Schools.
Exhibition, Pastel Society of America
One-woman shows, Clarksburg Library