On October 19, Mary Baldwin University will host two events celebrating artist and friend of the university Betty Gold. School officials will dedicate “Three Sisters,” the fourth sculpture Gold has given to MBU, and the campus will host a film premiere A Year with Betty Gold, a documentary about the world-renowned artist.
The sculpture dedication will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Lower Cannon Hill beside Sky I parking, and the film premiere will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Francis auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.
Best known for her large-scale metal sculptures, Gold began her career at a time when women were locked out of the art market — and rose to international prominence. She has shown in more than 130 solo and group exhibitions in her career, and her work is in more than 75 permanent collections around the world. Four of her sculptures will now call the MBU campus home.
Gold has donated the “Three Sisters” sculpture to MBU. It has been relocated to campus and will be officially dedicated at the Oct. 19 ceremony.
Jason McMerty’s a professor at Elon University who directed and produced full-length documentary A Year with Betty Gold, will also attend the premiere. See the film trailer at https://vimeo.com/235603462.
Born in 1935 in Austin, Texas, Gold won many public arts commissions in the early 1970s, breaking down doors into the male-dominated sculpture world. She is associated with the MADI movement, which features artists who create bright geometric forms. In 2014 Gold received an honorary doctor of humane letters at MBU’s Commencement ceremony.