Betye Saar

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

Saar’s work is in public collections including the Detroit Institute of Arts; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City; and Philadelphia Museum of Art. 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. 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