Exhibition documents experiences of art educator Bea Card Kettlewood

"Seeing to Sketching to Painting: Bea Card Kettlewood Works" is on display in the Special Collections Library through June 22 on the University Park campus of Penn State. This Penn State University Archives exhibition documents the experiences of Bea Card Kettlewood, art educator and mentor to many Penn State art education graduate students, and is guest curated by Ann Holt, a doctoral candidate in art education.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Bea Card Kettlewood will present a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Special Collections Library exhibit area on the University Park campus of Penn State. This talk is being held as part of the sixth annual Arts Crawl sponsored by the Students Organizing the Multiple Arts and the Visual Art Student Alliance in the College of Arts and Architecture.

Kettlewood is both an art educator and professional artist, and has held 52 solo shows over the span of her career. From designer and crafter of stained glass windows to illustrator for real estate agents and other businesses, her work is diverse and wide reaching. In the field of education, she made a lasting impact as art department chair in New Milford High School, New Jersey, from 1960 to 1984. 

In describing her work as an art educator, she writes, "Top on the list of objectives/goals in the New Milford High School (New Jersey) art department was teaching students to see. There is beauty to see everywhere whether it be weeds and wildflowers or peeling paint on weathered boards. The wildflowers bobbing in the breeze are shouting, 'hey, look at me. I am God's presence.' No matter how square, rectangular or rigid man attempts to make things, with time and weather, there are jagged edges, bouncing moving lines, shades and tints of color. It is art to see relationships of lines be they curved or straight, leading in different directions, parallel or opposing. It is art to see relationships of colors moving from one place to another."

Kettlewood has a bachelor's degree in art education from Kean University (Newark State College), a master's degree in art education from New York University and a doctorate of education in creative arts, specializing in painting, from New York University.

For additional information, contact Jackie Esposito at jxe2@psu.edu or 814-863-3791.


Last Updated January 09, 2015