Elizabeth A. Douglas
Elizabeth A. Douglas
Elizabeth"Betty"Asche Douglas, visual artist, musician and educator, earned a BFA degree in painting & design from Carnegie Mellon and an MA degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She has done additional graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught in high school and college, retiring as full professor from Geneva College in 1996. She is artist/owner of Douglas Art Gallery, Rochester, PA. Her professional exhibiting record covers over 5 decades, beginning with an award in the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 42nd Annual at the Carnegie Museum. She has won numerous awards, including Jurors’ Awards in the 64th Youngstown, OH,
Area Artists Annual and the 2005 Appalachian Corridors Exhibition in Charleston, WV. In 2008 she was among 250 artists selected for an exhibition and catalog published to honor Pittsburgh’s 250th anniversary. She was also one of 24 artists chosen statewide for the 2008-2010 traveling exhibition “Celebrating Visual Traditions, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2011 she was included in exhibitions at the American Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh and the African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA. In 2012 she showed at the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, The Southern Alleghenies Museum, Ligonier, PA and the African American Museum, Dallas, TX. From November 2013 through January 2014, her work was included in The New Collective at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. She is currently the featured artist in the 2014 Midland (PA) Arts Council’s Summer Gallery Exhibition. Her works are in public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad. She has served as curator or juror for many art shows. She received the 2006 Service to the Arts Award from the Guild Council of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
She and her work have been featured in Carnegie Mellon Magazine, Christians in the Visual Arts Directory, Designing Home Lifestyles, Pittsburgh Magazine, Soul Pitt Quarterly and in the Beaver County Senior News. She has been profiled in The Beaver County and Allegheny Times and The New Pittsburgh Courier. In 2003, Geneva College honored her with a Tribute Banquet and Retrospective Exhibition to launch a fund in her name for a Geneva College Center for the Arts. She is archived in the National Museum of Women in the Arts and her biography is included in Marquis Publishing’s Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the World. She is listed in Galey Publishing’s Who’s Who Among African Americans and in the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U. K. Who’s Who in the 21st Century and International Directory of Women in the Arts. Around Beaver County, where she is a Rochester resident, she is sometimes referred to as the "First Lady of the Arts.”
She serves on several boards of directors: Merrick Art Gallery Associates, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, Beaver Valley Local, American Federation of Musicians, the Midland Arts Council, and she is scholarship chair and former newsletter editor of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. She is on the advisory board of Sweetwater Center for the Arts and the Guild Council of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
As "Betty Douglas,” she performs as a vocalist and pianist in “Artistry in Song.” She was inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians ’Hall of Fame in 2003. She has Internet pages on Facebook, the Pittsburgh Jazz Network and the Pittsburgh Live Music Network. She sings in the choir and is a soloist at St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, PA. She also sings with the Incarnation Voices of the Anglican Incarnation Church, Pittsburgh. She does interactive lecture/ performances in music and the visual arts for a wide variety of organizations and audiences.
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