Beth Bird • Galena, IL • Printmaking

Beth Bird began her study of art at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and completed her degree in 1965 in art education. While there, she had the opportunity to study under Mauricio Lasansky in the print making department, and take part in the University's now famous Writer's Workshop.Together these early experiences introduced her to the idea of narrative art.

After marrying and raising four children, she returned to her study of art at the Chicago School of the Art Institute and completed a master's degree in art therapy. Her years at the Art Institute gave her time to think about the psychological component of making art and telling stories.

The Red Wine Drinker


Dance by the Light of the Moon

She found her way back to print making class at The Evanston Art Center that at the time was taught by Audrey Niffenegger. It was an exciting place to work and collaborate over the presses.

Fellow printmakers came from all over the world and ranged in ages from eighteen to eighty three. For seven years, Bird had the time to test every kind of technique in the field but eventually chose etching, dry point and often hand coloring the print as her favored methods of art making.

Bird set up her own print studio in a one hundred year old farmhouse near Elizabeth, Illinois in 1996.

Two years later, she was invited to be a Ragdale fellow in Lake Forest, Illinois. Ragdale is a beautiful old estate devoted to the arts. Artists are invited to come and work on their writing, painting and composing projects. Bird spent her time there working on the narrative artwork of The Red Shoes.


In 1999, her work became part of the permanent collection at The Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic in Iowa City. The Ballad of the Red Shoes was shown at the Dubuque Museum of Art in Dubuque, Iowa, and in 2005 was shown at the Union League Club in Chicago Illinois.

Currently, Beth resides in the Galena, IL, and continues to create and sell her etchings to art lovers around the United States.

The Anniversary II

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