Betty Woodman - Liverpool Fountain, Liverpool Biennial 2016

Betty Woodman /   Elizabeth Abrahams

United States 1930 - 2018

Installation, Sculpture, Ceramic Art

Betty Woodman
Elizabeth Abrahams
United States
January 7, 2017

Betty Woodman was an American born artist whose creativity became world known through her ceramic work, which is presented in bright colorful pieces, especially on vases and vessels. As her life and passion for art took her all around the world, different influences and traditions shaped her artwork. Hence, Betty Woodman’s work reminds viewers of Egyptian art, majolica porcelain, Baroque’s architecture, and Greek sculptures. During her career, she received numerous awards and honors and had lots of exhibitions both solo and in a group.

 American glazed Exhibition at Theater of the Domestic, Institute ICA, Installation View
Betty Woodman – Theater of the Domestic, Institute of Contemporary Art – ICA, London, 2016, Installation View, photo by Marc Blower

From Production Plotter to Renowned Artist

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut in 1930, Betty Woodman showed her interest in clay while she was a teenager. She got her academic specialization at the School for American Craftsmen in Alfred, New York. At the age of 20, she began to work as a potter and had a full support of her family. Unfortunately, those were not easy years for women to get engaged in the ‘men’s world’ of pottery. If she wasn’t so persistent, or even little stubborn, she wouldn’t have succeeded. It was only during the 1970’s, and the rise of the Pattern and Decoration movement, when women began to participate in line-ups and exhibitions. This was a great opportunity for her to show people her abilities, creations, and possibilities. Betty Woodman’s invention of the ‘Pillow Pitcher’, a shape that represents a combination of Etruscan vessels and Chinese porcelain, has opened her door to the world, and become her ‘trademark’.

If she wasn’t so persistent, or even little stubborn, she wouldn’t have succeeded

 exhibition view of glazed vase works use at home theatre of institute of ICA press arts
Betty Woodman – Persian Pillow Pitcher no. 6, 1981, photo via Nermanmuseum (Left) / Betty Woodman – Silk Pillow Pitcher, 1985, photo by John Polak (Right)

Expression of Limitless Imagination

Ceramics was a key element of Betty Woodman’s creative and professional life. Combined with other techniques and materials like paintings, graphite’s, ink, lacquer, and wax she showed the world that there are no limits in someone’s creativity, except their own imagination. The images and experience she gained during the numerous travels, gave her plenty of ideas for eclectic elements that could be seen in her pieces. By joining clay and graphite’s, bronze benches and platters, the artist managed to combine the incompatible, to adjust tradition to be more appealing to the modern audience. The central position of the vase in most of the author’s work represents a global perspective on art history and production, as it can be used as a universal symbol. For her the vase can be a vessel, a human body, and animal figure, a metaphor, or an art-historical reference.’[1] Ambitious experiments and boldness let her push the boundaries in innovations. That is why installations, multi-sided Cubist abstraction, and mosaics are not strange to her. The three-dimensional artwork is something that helped her connect with younger generations of artists and audience. Her work was constantly exploring new techniques, directions, and media. Not only that she experimented with different materials, but also different types of the same material, like red and white clay.

Installations, multi-sided Cubist abstraction, and mosaics are not strange to her

 american museum and gallery use contact press to visit home institute to view glazed vase
Betty Woodman – Table and Vases, 2006, photo credits Locks gallery

Honors and achivements

One of the most important exhibitions in this artist life was the retrospective of her work between 1950’s and 2006, when she exhibited her pieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, a rare tribute for the artists that are still alive. Her ingenuity could be seen in Deco Lake Shore (2003, Metropolitan Museum), where she presented a combination of graphite and ink with terra sigillata and wax on handmade paper.[2] Woodman’s professional life was under the influence of Italy for the most part, so it is no strange that Italian Baroque had an important role in her creativity. As a reward for her remarkable contribution to the ceramic art, and art overall, she received several recognitions, like two times National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1980 and 1986 or Fulbright-Hays Scholarship in Italy which she got in 1996. Recognitions and honors don’t stop there, as this distinguished artist also got the title of Doctor of Fine Arts Causa from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006 or Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. To date, her paintings, ceramics and other works have been on view in many shows at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gallery Diet, Miami, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, Frank Lloyd Gallery, California, Denver Art Museum, and many others.

Betty Woodman died at an age of 87 on the 4th of January, 2018.


  1. Anonymous, 2016, Betty Woodman: Theatre of the Domestic Institute Of Contemporary Art, [Feb. 13, 2017]
  2. Anonymous, 2016, The Art of Betty Woodman The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [Feb. 13, 2017]

Featured image: Betty Woodman – Liverpool Fountain, Liverpool Biennial 2016 – Photo credits Joel Chester Fildes
All images used for illustrating purposes only

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017Betty WoodmanGaleries Royales Saint-Hubert, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2017Ref•er•encedDanese-Corey, New York, NYGroup
2017Domestic, Truth and ConsequencesGeneva, SwitzerlandGroup
2017Victors for the Arts, Part 2: AbstractionUniversity of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MIGroup
2016Kiki Smith, Betty WoodmanGalleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma, Rome, ItalySolo
2016Betty Woodman: In The GardenGreenwood Gardens, Short Hills, NJSolo
2016Dialogue: Betty Woodman-Sol LeWittJames Barron Art, Kent, CTSolo
2016Betty Woodman: Breakfast at the Seashore Lunch in AntellaSalon 94 Bowery, New York, NYSolo
2016Betty Woodman: Theatre of the DomesticInstitute of Contemporary Art, London, EnglandSolo
2016A Round AboutPresent Company, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2016Clay Revisited: Traditions in ShardsUniversity of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IAGroup
2016HOVAB@Macky: Shark’s InkBMoCA at Macky-Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, COGroup
2016The Natural Flow of EventsLa Casa Encendida, Madrid, SpainGroup
2016Lorcan O’NeillRome, ItalyGroup
2016Liverpool Biennial 2016Liverpool, EnglandGroup
2015Betty WoodmanMuseo Marino Marini, Florence, ItalySolo
2015Betty WoodmanMendes Wood, Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
2015Illusions of DomesticityDavid Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2015CERAMIX: Art and Ceramics from Rodin to SchutteBonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, NetherlandsGroup
2014Interior ViewsGalerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
2014Tangents 2 Body-ColourStedilijk Museum, s-Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsGroup
2014What Would Mrs. Webb Do?Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NYGroup
2014Craft MattersSchick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYGroup
2014The Annual 2014: Redefining TraditionNational Academy Museum, New York, NYGroup
2014BIACI – 1st Bienial Internavional de Arte Contemporáneo Cartagena de indiasColombia, Cartagena, ColombiaGroup
2014Speaking Through Paint: Hans Hofmann’s Legacy TodayLori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2013CONTRO VERSIES CONTRO VERSIA: an inaccurate history of painting and ceramicsGallery Diet, Miami, FLSolo
2013Of BotticelliGaleria Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, GermanySolo
2013Windows, Carpets and Other PaintingsSalon 94, New York, NYSolo
2013Spectrum SuiteNicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013VesselsThe Horticultural Society of New York, New York, NYGroup
2013The Four WoodmansNina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
2012Betty WoodmanDavid Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
2012La Demuere JoyeuseGalerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2012Playing HouseBrooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2012The WoodmansGallery Diet, Miami, FLGroup
2011Roman Fresco-Pleasures and PlacesSalon 94 Bowery, New York, NYSolo
2011Betty Woodman: Front-BackSalon 94, New York, NYSolo
2011Betty Woodman: Places, Spaces & ThingsGardiner Museum, Toronto, CanadaSolo
2011Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990Victoria and Albert Museum, London, EnglandGroup
2011Carolina Collects: 150 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from Alumni CollectionsAuckland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NCGroup
2010Three Kilns Occupied by Three PiecesTuscia Electa Arte Contemporanea, Impruneta, ItalySolo
2010Betty Woodman: Roman Fresco - Pleasures and PlacesAmerican Academy in Rome, Rome, ItalySolo
2010Betty Woodman: Ceramics and Works on PaperHarvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen, COSolo
2010Anderson Ranch Art CenterSnowmass Village, COSolo
2010Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010Betty WoodmanLocks Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
2010Betty, Charlie, Francesca & George, Samson ProjectsBoston, MAGroup
2010Sèvres, Porcelaines ContemporainesThe Menshikov Palace, The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, RussiaGroup
2010Interactions organized by The Clay StudioPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2010ConnecticutD’Amelio Terras, New York, NYGroup
2009Betty Woodman: L’allegra vitalità delle porcellaneMuseo Delle Porcellae, Palazzo Pitti, Giardino di Boboli, Florence, ItalySolo
2009Betty WoodmanGalleria Bagnai, Florence, ItalySolo
2009Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings CollectionMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2009Carla Acardi, Sol LeWitt, Betty Woodman Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, ItalyGroup
2009The Legend of Bud Shark and his Inedible Ink Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Denver, COGroup
2009The 184th Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art The National Academy Museum, New York, NYGroup
2009Hot Stuff from the Hothouse: Floral Images from RAM’s Collections Racine Art Museum, Racine, WIGroup
2009Dirt on Delight: Impulses that Form Clay Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Walker Art Center, MNGroup
2008Betty Woodman: Trois Grandes Dames IIIGalerie Besson, LondonSolo
2008Rooms and PeopleMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008Shark’s InkRevisited, Foster Gallery, Eau Clair, WIGroup
2008Conversations in ClayKatonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NYGroup
2008The 183rd Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American ArtThe National Academy Museum, New York, NYGroup
2008OutsiderGalleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence ItalyGroup
2008Contemporary Ceramic Art: A Survey Harvey-Meadows Gallery, Aspen, COGroup
2008Concreta-Palazo PretorioCertaldo, ItalyGroup
2008Multi Part Art: Contemporary Art in the CollectionThe RISD Museum, Providence, RIGroup
2008New, Novel and Never Shown Before 2008: Recent Gifts to the Collection (Part 1)Racine Art Museum, Racine, WIGroup
2007Betty Woodman: MemoriesCarl Solway Gallery, Cincinatti, OHSolo
2007Betty Woodman: Transcending BoundariesGallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FLSolo
2007Marseille Artistes Associes 1977-2007La Vieille Charite, Marseille, FranceGroup
2007The Woodman FamilyBiagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence, ItalyGroup
2007Shy Boy, She Devil, and Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft, Selections from the Wornick CollectionMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
2007An Art of Our Own: Women Ceramicists from the Permanent CollectionBrooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2006Somewhere Between Denver and NaplesDenver Art Museum, Denver, COSolo
2006The Art of Betty WoodmanThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYSolo
2006Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Theatres of Betty WoodmanAriana Museum, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
2006Hot Off the Press Prints of 2006 From New York PrintshopsThe Grolier Club, New York, NYGroup
2006The Bong Show or This is Not a PipeLeslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2006Couples DiscoursePalmer Museum of Art, University Park, PAGroup
2006International Architectural CeramicsGimhae Culture Foundation Clayarch, Gimhae, KoreaGroup
2006Great Pots: The Vessel as Art, 1900-200020th Century Ceramics from The Newark Museum, The USB Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2005Theatres of Betty WoodmanMuseu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon, PortugalSolo
2005Betty WoodmanFrank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2005Il Giardino DipintoRhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RISolo
2005Betty Woodman Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Picasso to Thiebaud: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collections of Stanford University Alumni and FriendsIris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, Stanford University, Stanford, CAGroup
2005Art for a Landmine Free WorldVietnam Veteran’s of America Foundation, PaceWildenstein, New York, NYGroup
2003Recent WorkFrank Lloyd Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2003SouvenirsMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2003Skowhegan: Faculty ExhibitionInstitute of Contemporary Art at Maine, College of Art, Portland, MaineGroup
2003Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary ArtDenver Art Museum, DenverGroup
2003Floating Time 2003-Lethe, River of Forgetfulness, Stedelijk Museum voor Hedendaages Kunst‘s-Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsGroup
2003The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art, Part II: Modern Ceramic Art from an International PerspectiveMuseum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu, JapanGroup
2003Shared Passion: Sara and David Lieberman Collection of Contemporary Ceramics and ArtArizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, ArizonaGroup
2003Clay Works: American Ceramics from the Everson Museum of ArtEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New YorkGroup
2002Betty WoodmanDaum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MOSolo
2002Two Bronze Benches and Four Ceramic Pictures of Korean PaintingsMontclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJSolo
2001Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2001Ceramic Continuum: 50 Years of the Archie Bray InfluenceHolter Museum of Art, Helena, MontanaGroup
2001A Snake in the Garden: Contemporary Approaches to SlipwareAberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales, Wales, EnglandGroup
2001Le Cirva à 15 ansGalerie d’art Conseil Genèrale des Bouches-du-Rhone, Aix-en-Provence, FranceGroup
2000Betty Woodman & Robert Barni: due e vasi, Centro D’Arte La LoggiaMonterfiridolfi, ItalySolo
2000Pots Paper PrintsMizel Arts Center at the JCC, Denver, COSolo
2000Clay, Bronze, PaperMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000A Conversation with Pat SteirArt Resources Transfer, New York, NYSolo
2000Works from the 1980sFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2000Color and Fire: Defining Moments in Studio Ceramics 1950-2000Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Elbows and Tea Leaves: Front Range Women in the Visual Arts (1974-2000)Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, COGroup
2000Allan Chasanoff Ceramic CollectionMint Museum of Craft and Design, Charlotte, NCGroup
2000Unknown Gallerie Beaubourg, Chateau Notre-Dame des Fleurs, Vence, FranceGroup
1999Betty Woodman Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Fort Dodge, IASolo
1999Recent Work of Prints and VasesBethel College, St. Paul, MNSolo
1999Betty Woodman: GlassCIRVA, Marseille, FranceSolo
1999Contemporary Art From the Daniel Jacobs and Derek Mason CollectionHand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VAGroup
1999DishFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999The Art of Craft: Contemporary Works from the Saxe CollectionM. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San FranciscoGroup
1999Clay into Art: Selections from the Contemporary Ceramics Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
1998Betty Woodman Max Protetch Gallery,New York, NYSolo
1998Betty WoodmanProvincial Museum voor Museum Kunst, Oostende, BelgiumSolo
1998La Geste et la Couleur, Une Poetique Ceramique, Biennale Internationale de Ceramique ContemporaineMusee Magnelli, Vallauris, FranceGroup
1998Vaselle d’Autore per il Vino NovelloTorgiano, ItalyGroup
1998What’s Hot at Shark’sFoster Gallery at University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WIGroup
1997Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1997Betty WoodmanFundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, PortugalSolo
1997Image, Plate, Vessel, Andrew Lord, Ken Price, Betty WoodmanFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1997The View From DenverMuseum Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, AustriaGroup
1996Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1996Betty WoodmanStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1996Tuscia ElectaComune di Greve in Chianti, ItalyGroup
1996Working Proof: 20 Years of Prints from Shark’s Inc.University of Colorado Art Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder, COGroup
1995Betty Woodman International Museum of Ceramics, Faenza, ItalySolo
1995Unknown Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CTGroup
1994Betty Woodman Carin Delvourt van Krimpen Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1994Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1994Betty WoodmanGallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, FLSolo
1994Il Giardino DipintoMusee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, FranceSolo
1994Unknown Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGroup
1994Unknown Staten Island Cultural Center, Staten Island, New York, NYGroup
1994Working in Other Dimensions: Objects & Drawings IIThe Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, ARGroup
1993Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1993Il Giardino DipintoHet Kruithuis Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsSolo
1993In TouchOlympic Winter Games, Lillehammer, NorwayGroup
1992Betty Woodman Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CTSolo
1992Somewhere Between Naples and DenverInstitute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PASolo
1992DeVore, Turner, Woodman & VolkosGreenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MOGroup
1992Investigations 1992Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAGroup
19925×7New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NYGroup
1991Betty Woodman: Works in ClayJohnson County Community College, Gallery of Art, Overland Park, KSSolo
1991Opera Selecta: The Work of Betty Woodman, 1975-1990Musee des Arts Modernes, Aix-le-Bain, FranceSolo
1991The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural ParkShigaraki-yaki, JapanGroup
1991The Painted VesselOriel Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, EnglandGroup
1990Betty Woodman Francheska Pia Gallery, Bern, SwitzerlandSolo
1990Recent WorkMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1990Opera Selecta: The Work of Betty Woodman - 1975-1990Het Kruithuis Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsSolo
1990Vessels from Use to SymbolAmerican Craft Museum, New York, NYGroup
1990Featured Artists from the Max Protetch GalleryWeatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NCGroup
1990Par Hazard: A Changing Installation of Recent AcquisitionsDouglas Drake Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1989Betty Woodman Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1989Unique PorcelainsMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1989Unknown Max Protetch Gallery: 20 Years, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1989Craft Today USAMusee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, FranceGroup
1989Six Master CraftsmenNina Freudenheim Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
1989Pots: Focus on FunctionUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MNGroup
1989Fragile Blossoms, Enduring Earth: The Japanese Influence On American CeramicsEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NYGroup
1988Somewhere Between Naples and DenverDenver Art Museum, Denver, COSolo
1988Recent WorkMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1988Betty Woodman Rena Bransten Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
1988A Fine Place to Work: The Legacy of the Archie Bray FoundationThe Arkansas Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, ARGroup
1988Power Over the Clay: American Studio PottersDetroit Art Institute, Detroit, MIGroup
1988A Decade of PatternInstitute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1988Olympic Arts FestivalSeoul, KoreaGroup
1987Betty Woodman Boulder Center for the Visual Arts, Boulder, COSolo
1987Betty Woodman Carlton College, Northfield, MNSolo
1987Betty Woodman Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MOSolo
1987American Ceramics Now: The 27th Annual Ceramic NationalEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NYGroup
1987Feats of ClayNewhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NYGroup
1987A Decade od PatternThe Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1987Four Americans at SevresAmerican Center, Paris, FranceGroup
1987Contemporary American CeramicsThe National Museum of Modern Art, Seoul, KoreaGroup
1987A Group Exhibition: Andrew Lord, Ron Nagle, Ken Price, Peter Voulkos, Betty WoodmanCharles Cowles Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1987Clay RevisionsSeattle Art Museum, Seattle, WAGroup
1987Homage: 1986 NEA Artist Fellowship RecipientsGarth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1986Betty WoodmanMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1986Betty Woodman Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1986Betty Woodman Susan Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
1986Architecture of the VesselBevier Art Gallery, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NYGroup
1986American Potters TodayVictoria and Albert Museum, London, EnglandGroup
1986Painted Volumes: Ceramics by Twelve Contemporary ArtistsThe Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VAGroup
1986The Fabric Workshop: A Tradition ContinuedGoldie Paley Gallery, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1986Unknown McIntosh-Drysdale Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
1986The Poetry of the PhysicalAmerican Crafts Museum, New York, NYGroup
1985The Ceramics of Betty WoodmanFreedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PASolo
1985Betty Woodman Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FLSolo
1985Presenting FoodFabricWorkshop, Philadelphia, PASolo
1985Italian VasesMax Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1985High Styles: Twentieth-Century American DesignWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
1985Tradition + Innovation: Decorative Art by Castle, Chihuly, Paley, WoodmanLaguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TXGroup
1985Mary Heilmann - Janice TchalenkoBetty Woodman, Blum Helman Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1985Architectural Ceramics: Eight ConceptsAmerican Crafts Museum II, New York, NYGroup
1985ClayDayton Art Institute, Dayton, OHGroup
1985Dillingham, Turner, Wood, WoodmanNew Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NMGroup
1985Architectural CeramicsGallery of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MOGroup
1985Unknown Gloria Luria Gallery, Bay Harbor Islands, FloridaGroup
1985AdornmentsBernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1984The Aspen Garden RoomAspen Art Museum, Aspen, COSolo
1984Betty Woodman Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1984Betty Woodman Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City, MOSolo
1984Betty Woodman Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1984Contemporary American ClayBoston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
1984Masters in American ClayGallery One, Toronto, CanadaGroup
1984Rituals of TeaGarth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1984Unknown Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
19841 + 1 = 2Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1984Forms that FunctionKatonah Gallery, Kotonah, NYGroup
1984Image-Vessel-ImageGarth Clark Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1984Then and NowGarth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1983Betty Woodman Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1983The Houston RoomHadler-Rodriguez Gallery- Houston, TXSolo
1983Betty Woodman Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1983Who’s Afraid of American ClayHet Kruithuis Museum, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The NetherlandsGroup
1983OrnamentalismHudson River Museum, Yonkers, NYGroup
1983Ceramic EchosNelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MOGroup
1983UnknownWellesley College of Art Museum, Wellesley, MAGroup
1983Clay Invitational 1983DBR Gallery, Cleveland, OHGroup
1982Betty Woodman Garth Clark Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1982An Interior ExchangedFashion Institute of Technology, New York, NYSolo
1981A Cloistered Arbor RoomBennington College, Bennington, VTSolo
1981Betty WoodmanTabor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1981Betty WoodmanOkun-Thomas Gallery, St. Louis, MOSolo
1981Betty Woodman Helen Drutt Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1981Unknown Maya Behn Gallery,Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
1981The VesselDelahunty Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
1981For TeaDetroit Gallery of Contemporary Crafts, Detroit, MIGroup
1981The New Fauves - HadlerRodriguez Gallery, Houston, TXGroup
1981Unknown Hadler-Rodriguez Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1981Ritual and FunctionRhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence, RIGroup
1981Usable ArtMyers Fine Arts Gallery, State University College of New York, Plattsburgh, NYGroup
1980Amalgam Art LimitedLondon, EnglandSolo
1980Betty Woodman Galleria Pirra, Torino, ItalySolo
1980Canvas Constructions and Painted PotsHadler-Rodriguez Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1980Mostly Italian PotsHadler-Rodriguez Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1980Betty Woodman Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MNSolo
1980Exhibition of Ceramic Arts, Ceramics at the Eighth Annual Chunichi InternationalNagoya and Tokyo, JapanGroup
1980For the TabletopAmerican Craft Museum, New York, NYGroup
1980Crafts - SculpturesCarnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PAGroup
1980Robert L. Pfannebecker CollectionMoore College of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1980Contemporary Ceramics: A Response to WedgewoodMuseum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1980American PorcelainRenwick Sculpture Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.Group
1980Contemporary American Potters-New VesselsIowa State University, Ames, IAGroup
1979Art LatitudeNew York, NYSolo
1979Betty Woodman Hills Gallery, Santa Fe, NMSolo
1979Thrown PotteryAmalgam Art Limited, London, EnglandGroup
1979Colorado Women in the ArtsArvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, COGroup
1979Clayworks Studio International, with Cynthia CarlsonClayworks Studio, New York, NYGroup
1979A Century of Ceramics in the United StatesEverson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NYGroup
1979Colorado Crafts-Seventeen ViewsDenver Art Museum, Denver, COGroup
1979LandscapesHills Gallery, Santa Fe, NMGroup
1979International Ceramic ExhibitFaenza, ItalyGroup
1978Betty Woodman Casper College, Casper, WYSolo
1978Greenwich House PotteryNew York, NYSolo
1978Betty Woodman Lyda Levi Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
1978Faculty ShowUniversity of Georgia, Cortona, ItalyGroup
1977Honor ExhibitColorado Women’s College, Denver, COSolo
1977Kansas State CollegeEmporia, KSSolo
1977Betty Woodman United States Information Service Gallery, Milan, ItalySolo
1977American Crafts ‘77Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PAGroup
1977Fiber, Metal, Clay: A Contemporary ViewUniversity of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MIGroup
1977National Ceramic Educators Conference InvitationalUniversity of Northern Colorado, Greeley, COGroup
1977Functional CeramicsYaw Gallery, Birmingham, MIGroup
1976Betty Woodman Clay and Fiber Gallery, Taos, NMSolo
1976Eight Professional PottersKansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MOGroup
1975Betty Woodman Nelson-Fosdick Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NYSolo
1975Betty Woodman Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1974One Hundred Italian PotsBoulder, COSolo
1974Christmas 1974 ExhibitionAmerican Crafts Council, New York, NYGroup
1973Objects for Preparing FoodThe American Craft Museum, New York, NYGroup
1972Raku - Kunsthandel Ina Broerse - Kunsthandel Ina BroerseAmsterdam, The NetherlandsSolo
1972Salt Glaze InternationalThe American Craft Museum, New York, NYGroup
1970Salt GlazeJoslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NESolo
1969Salt GlazeArchie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, MTSolo
1968Ceramic AnnualScripps College, Claremont, CAGroup