Betsie Miller-Kusz - Murals and Art
Betsie Miller-Kusz
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Betsie Miller-Kusz

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"Betsie Miller-Kusz was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She grew up in the Midwestern state of Indiana, then lived and painted in San Francisco for over thirty years. She has exhibited widely in the Bay Area, as well as in New York, Santa Fe, and many areas of California. She now lives in New Mexico, where she owns a small rancho and studio, drawing continual inspiration from her surroundings in the beautiful Jemez Valley. Her international exhibitions and projects have been held in Paris, London, Valencia, Madrid, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Merida, Guadalajara, Guatemala, New Delhi, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Macau, Leningrad, Ulan Bataar and Seoul. She has painted numerous public murals in San Francisco, and collaborated with international artists on many projects, conferences, and cultural exchanges. She has exhibited in four International Biennales, in Florence, Merida, and now, Chianciano. Her solo exhibitions have included Dhoomi Mal, the oldest contemporary gallery in New Delhi, Museo Ixchel in Guatemala, Galeria Tonalli in Mexico City, and the Marie de 6th Arrondisement in Paris, as well as the International Maritime Museum in London, the Pinacoteca Museo in Tlaxcala, Mexico and Galeria Anagma in Valencia, Spain. Betsie painted the last mural in the former Soviet Union, for the 2nd Human Rights Conference in Leningrad, working with two Russian artists. She painted the first contemporary mural in Mongolia, working with a group of artists on a 5 story building. She collaborated with Clowns without Borders for a mural painted in the basurero (garbage dump)in Guatemala City, working with children living in unbearable conditions. She has two murals painted on buildings deep in the Delta de Parana' in Argentina, inaccessible except by small boats beyond the huge South American waterways. Her longest international collaboration has been with Masaru Tanaka of Hiroshima, working together on the Peace's New Century Project, a 15 year project combining their joined images for peace. This project has been exhibited widely, including at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, and the War Memorial Building in San Francisco, where the U.N. was founded. Betsie taught painting classes in San Francisco for the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and the New College of California. She served as director of the Mural Resource Center for ten years, then as Director of SOMArts Gallery in the South of Market Cultural Center, where she curated over one hundred exhibitions. Her most recent project has been the publication of "Dreaming Earth's Body", a book of collaborative poems and paintings with poet Carol Aronoff."