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artist , consultant , art association administrator

Betty Blayton-Taylor, American artist, art association administrator, consultant. Recipient Empire State Woman of Year award Governor of New York, 1984, Black Women in Arts award Governor of New York, 1988, Martin Luther King, Junior Fulfilling Dream award Columbia Broadcasting System, 1995, Lifetime Achievement award, Women's Caucus for the Arts, 2005.


Blayton-Taylor, Betty was born on July 10, 1937 in Newport News, Virginia, United States. Daughter of James Blain and Alleyne (Houser) Blayton-Taylor.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Syracuse University, 1959. Postgraduate, Arts Students League, New York City. Postgraduate, Brooklyn Museum School.


Executive director Children's Art Carnival, New York City, 1969-1997, president board, 1984-1994, founding director, 1994—1999. Founding member Harlem Textile Works, since 1983. Board directors Printing Workshop, New York City.


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    • Author: Making Thoughts Become, 1978. One-woman show include Isabel Neal Gallery, Chicago, 1990, Syracuse University Community Gallery, 1983, Pace College, 1994, Cinque Gallery, New York, 1997, 98, 2000, Schomburg Library., Gallery, New York, 2001.

      Exhibited in group shows at Forever Freen Training, 1981-1982, Women Students Gallery, Brown University, 1986, Bedford Stuyvesant Gallery, New York, 1987, Cinque Gallery, 1998-1999, Schomburg Library. Gallery, New York, 2001, Franklin and Marshall College, 2004, Smithfield Cultural Center, Virginia, 2005, Norfolk State University, Virginia, 2006. Represented in permanent collections at Metropolitan Museum Art, Studio Museum, Harlem, Hampton University, Fisk University, Tugoloo College, Spellman College, Virginia State College, Norfolk, Phillip Morris Corporation, Uniworld Corporation, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Blanchette Rockefeller, others.


Founding member, secretary board The Studio Museum in Harlem, 1967-1977, board directors since 1993. Board directors Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, 1978-2007, advisor, 1997. Board directors Harlem Textile Works, 1993-2007, Arts and Business Council, 1975-1996.

Member curriculum development committee New York State Education Arts and Humanities, 1992-1994. Member David Rockefeller Art in Education Research Committee, 1983-1985, New York City Commission Cultural Affairs, 1979-1988. Member Association Supervision and Curriculum Development, Art and Business Council (board directors).


James Blain Blayton-Taylor

Alleyne (Houser) Blayton-Taylor