Betsy Damon, American (1940 - )
Director of Keepers of the Waters
Keepers of the Waters - Projects and Works
2010 Eco Art Treasure Coast-South Florida Environmental Project
With Martin County Arts in collaboration with the Florida Oceanographic Society, Audubon Society and departments of water management.
2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi-finalist
Keepers project "Resources: Saving Living Systems".
2008 West Palm Beach, California
Lectures, workshops for restoration collaboration in the Everglades.
2006 Ballona Network, Los Angeles, California
Workshop for citizen activism for the Ballona creek.
2004 Strawberry Creek, Berkeley, California
Funding of the Friends of Strawberry Creek.
2002 - present Chengdu Urban River Association, Sichuan, China
Consultant to CURA, an organization to preserve watershed of Chengdu China. Lectures, training sessions, mentor ships and fundraising.
2001 - 2003 Beijing Bureau of Hydraulic Research & Engineering, Beijing, China
Taught ecological design and sustainable water systems to departments in the Planning Bureau. Wrote the city guidelines for sustainable water systems and stream bank restoration. Led workshops for eco-activists and teacher training.
1999 - present Living Water System, Bay Front Park, Duluth, Minnesota
Assisted Jill Jacoby to initiate system to process run off on Lake Superior.
1999 - present Urban Water Works to Protect Willamette River, Portland, Oregon
Community meetings, lecture, workshop with city departments. Project to process non-point pollution through parks. Successful pilot project at the DaVinci School, spawned funding for schools to recycle their run-off.
1997 The Green SOS Handbook, Sichuan, China
Funded activist handbook, developed by the graduate students in Environmental Studies at Sichuan University, Green SOS. www.greensos.org
1996 Public Art Concerning Water, Lhasa, Tibet
From an invitation from Tibetan artists, organizing and development.
1995 Installations/Events on Fu and Nan Rivers Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Gathered 25 artists to create first such public events in China. Many artists continued with other public events about water in Chinese cities.
1995 Watershed Map, Swede Hollow Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
A community project to celebrate the park’s water and history. Worked with artist and educator, Chris Baeumler.
1993 Project Development Workshop, Duluth, Minnesota
Developed art works addressing local water issues. In collaboration with the Pollution Control Agency and the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs on the St. Louis River and Lake Superior.
1993 - 2003 Teaching Eco-Activist Art, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
Focused students and the community on the Edwards Aquifer and the San Antonio River. The citizens action group that formed succeeded in creating the largest aquifer preservation park in the USA. Damon lead a four-day charrette to design the human interaction inside the park.
1991 - 2004 Citizens Rights and Responsibilities, University of Minnesota
Project on water in collaboration with Hubert Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, Minnesota Extension Service and Water Resource Research Center. Completed 1992, pilot program in Anoka, MN.
Artist: List of Works and Exhibitions
2012 Water Rules – Life, Mattress Factory, Pittsburg PA.
Installation exhibition and concurrent community projects.
2011 – current Eco-Structures, Sierra Nevada, CA.
Test site for reforestation/ watershed management project with Harrison studios and Santa Cruz University CA.
2009 – 2011 Water Revealed, Chinook Bend National Park, Carnation, WA.
A public, permanent installation, granite carving and fountain.
2010 Women and Water Rights: Rivers of Regeneration
Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, MN. (Group show)
2010 Living Water Garden
Chengdu Municipal Pavilion of 2010 Shanghai World Expo, Shanghai, China. A demonstration exhibit.
2009 Water, Source & Resource
ArtStreet Studio D Gallery, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
2006 – 2007 Spirals of Life
The Hope and Healing Center, Memphis, TN. Private commission.
2006 Tong Zhou District Ecological Design Plan, Director, Beijing, China.
Model ecological park, in collaboration Ron Henderson of L+A Landscape Architecture.
2002 - 2004 Sounds of Water, Turtle Bay Arboretum, Redding, CA.
A permanent installation water feature.
2001 Shanghai Children’s Palace, Shanghai, China.
Environmental education murals.
1996 - 1998 Living Water Garden Chengdu, Design Director, Sichuan Province, China
Six-acre park designed to use bio-remediation, aeration and constructed wetlands to clean water for a river.
1993 Drawings, Trinity University Gallery, San Antonio, TX
1991 A Memory of Clean Water, Blue Star Gallery, San Antonio, TX
1990 A Homage to Rivers, Aspen Art Museum Biennial, Aspen, CO
1989 A Memory of Clean Water, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1988 A Memory of Clean Water, Wooster College, Wooster, OH
A Memory of Clean Water, Cambridge Financial Group, NY
1987 A Memory of Clean Water, PS1, New York, NY
A Memory of Clean Water, Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA
A Memory of Clean Water, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
1986 A Memory of Clean Water, Danforth Museum, Framingham, MA
Stones & Stars, SOHO20 Gallery, New York, NY.
1985 A Shrine for Everywoman, International Women's Conference, Kenya
1984 Stone Map & Dreams, SOHO20 Gallery, New York, NY
1980 A Shrine for Everywoman, Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
1978 Private Worlds, 112 Greene Street, New York, NY
1977 Ritual Images: Masks and Maypoles, 14 Sculptors Gallery, New York, NY
1976 Changes, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
1973 Woman Choose Woman, NYC Cultural Center, New York, NY
Artist: Selected Group Shows
1987 Current Thinking, Kenkeleba House, New York, NY
Women of Power, Rockland County Art Center, Nyak, NY
1986 Public Visions/ Public Monuments, SOHO20 Gallery, New York, NY
Homage to Ana Mendieta, Zeus-Trabias, New York, NY
Let's Play House, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NY
1982 Extended Sensibilities, New Museum, New York, NY
Blood Stones, PS1. New York, NY
1980 Private Worlds, 626 Broadway, New York, NY
1979 Both Sides Now, Artemisia Gallery, Chicago, IL
1977 Gallery Show, 112 Greene Street, New York, NY