Betsy Damon

Betsy Damon

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Betsy Damon is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been called a practical visionary and a humanist. She’s known for her performance works like 7000 Year Old Woman (1976), her large-scale ecological designs like “The Living Water Garden” (1998) in Chengdu, China, and her collaborative public performance events addressing water, most notably in Chengdu (1995) and Lhasa (1996). Her work has most recently been shown at Stony Brook University and the Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands. A solo exhibition of Damon’s performance work took place at La MaMa Galleria in Manhattan in 2021. Damon’s work has been archived by Asia Art Archive and is available at Damon is currently in residence at Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles. Over four decades, Damon’s work has revealed water as the connective, creative, and collaborative medium behind all life. Damon invites us to center water as the foundation of planning and design. Her book, Water Talks, was published in 2022 and is available at

Photo Credit: Betsy Damon

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