Betsy K. Schulz has provided creative design solutions and art installations for municipalities, schools, nonprofit groups, businesses, and private individuals across the nation for more than 20 years. Layering words, imagery, and texture, she creates art installations that are meant to be touched and experienced by the people who live with them.
Betsy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and then worked as a graphic designer for over a decade. As the owner and creative force behind the A Design Garden studio, she designed print campaigns, corporate identities, websites, and museum and trade show exhibits.
Inspired to produce more lasting work, she started designing landscapes as “outdoor learning environments” for local schools and private clients. Betsy’s environments are characterized by cohesive color palettes, edible and low-water plants, natural structures, fountains, boulders, and tile murals and sculptures. Her murals and mosaics are largely inspired by nature and by the history of the communities where they are installed. Working with hand-sculpted tiles and found objects, she includes poems, historic information, and captions pressed into clay with antique letterpress letters or silk-screened onto tiles as glazes.
Betsy works extensively with historical societies and other sources to ensure that her artist interpretations are accurate. Where possible, she involves local volunteers of all ages, encouraging them to donate information and materials to support the project’s theme and to participate in workshops in her studio and on-site.
Betsy is meticulous in her preparation and follow-through for each project: She prepares comprehensive budgets, makes presentations complete with photo mock-ups of the finished project in place, organizes volunteer workshops, provides regular project updates, and oversees the final installation.