Women in the Archives: Claudia Webb Betti

Claudia Webb Betti (1924-2009) studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a Professor Emeritus of art at the University of North Texas from 1967–89, where she was coordinator of the basic drawing program and taught graduate seminars. Betti co-wrote a nationally recognized drawing text, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach, and after her retirement, continued to exhibit her paintings and drawings. Many of her works are focused on line, such as her Duat Series, which uses cursive handwriting to create the basic shapes of the drawing. The Duat, in Egyptian mythology is the underworld, where the sun god Ra travelled each night on his boat, depicted in red in Betti’s drawings.

See more of her work on The Portal to Texas History.

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