Betye Saar

Betye Saar is a printmaker, sculptor, collage, and assemblage artist born in Los Angeles, California. She earned a BA from the University of California in Los Angeles and sought her graduate studies at California State University in Long Beach, California State University in Northridge, and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Saar’s works can be found in collections including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia; the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her works are also featured in the traveling exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. Saar lives and works in Los Angeles. Her works in PAFA’s collection include Maid-Rite (Mask Eyes) (1989) and Birthday Card (2001). The Getty Museum’s Getty Research Initiative has acquired Saar’s career archives as part of a major initiative to collect, study, and disseminate African American art history.

Artist Info


July 30 1926

Los Angeles, CA






African American