Born 1939 in Antigo, WI
Born in 1939 in Antigo, Wisconsin, Betty Bailey was a California based artist who exhibited extensively throughout the United States over the past fifty years. Bailey was a multidisciplinary artist, working in ceramic, sculpture, and on paper. Bailey is closely associated with the Nut art movement of the 1960's and 1970's, characterized by an eccentric, self-reflective explorations through a highly varied body of personal iconography and motifs. Though many practitioners were trained and technically proficient, the group was especially welcoming of artists without formal academic backgrounds and skills, resulting in a movement that championed the work of outsider artists. Bailey's, with her openly intimate and stylistically unpretentious art, was among the best known and most celebrated of the Nut artists.