Betty Merken’s formal language may be rooted in geometric abstraction and minimalism, yet she manages to avoid a hard-edged industrial feel with a use of richly saturated colors and soft grounds and edges.  Akin to Rothko paintings, her prints offer opportunities for contemplation and reverie.  She brings mastery to a technique few printmakers can boast, creating monotypes that achieve the perfect balance of form and color within the first try.  Merken has been the recipient of numerous awards and is a teacher and guest lecturer at many notable institutions.  She has enjoyed a large roster of solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and her work is in many public and private collections, including Boeing Company, Chicago; Chubb, Inc., and Goldman Sachs & Co. in San Francisco; the Henry Ford III Collection in Detroit and the Industry Club in Japan.