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Betty Sabo – An Artful Life

Local artist and former UNM Foundation Board member subject of new documentary

saboThe documentary “Betty Sabo – an artful life” premieres on KASA FOX 2 February 11, 2012 from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 15, 1928, Betty devoted most of her artistic career to creating realistic scenes in oils of New Mexico landscapes. Her sculptures are on display at numerous locations, including the Albuquerque Museum, the Basilica in Santa Fe, UNM, and in Colorado Springs at the Sisters of St. Francis. Betty is a former member of the UNM Foundation Board of Director’s (2004 to 2008). Three of her children graduated from UNM. Betty has served on the UNM Alumni Association Board and won the Zimmerman Award in 1998. Betty also received the UNM Mortar Board Distinguished Woman Award in1986. Recently, the Betty Sabo Endowment at UNM has been established to honor her legacy by benefiting art students at the University of New Mexico. Gifts to the endowment are now being accepted.

Throughout her career and life, Betty used her artistic endeavors to benefit the community, and has been recognized by The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, The City of Albuquerque, and Carrie Tingley Hospital, among others. She was a driving force behind guiding a collection of art from her alma mater, Albuquerque High School, to the Albuquerque Museum. The collection includes priceless work by artists such as Oscar Berninghaus, Ernest Blumenschein, Bert Philips and Carl Redin. Now living with Alzheimer’s, Betty resides in Albuquerque. Her legacy will live through her art, through the lives of those she touched, through the impact of the new endowment and through this documentary.

To contribute to the Betty Sabo Endowment at UNM, please call the UNM Foundation at 505-313-7600.