Beth Hartmann has been a sculptor and arts organizer for 20 years. She began sculpting in fibrous materials but soon moved to sturdier metal, plastic, and cement constructions and installations. For her, sculpture is the medium most closely connected to daily life.
Currently she is the lead artist in Sebastopol's Sculpture Jam -a loose collective which creates and installs public sculpture. The group operates under the umbrella of Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and often donates pieces for placement in Sonoma County locations. In the past, Hartmann has curated, chaired, installed, and juried shows in California and Oregon.
Her work is in the collections of the City of Sebastopol, Hisako Eto of Osaka and Kobe, Tran Turner of Oakland, CA, Susan Scott of Ventura, CA, Julie Green of Novato, CA, and others. Some awards include fellow status at Jentel Artist Residency, as well as awards during exhibitions from Manuel Neri, Phil Linhares, and Rachel Osajima.