Betsy Stirratt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She received an M.F.A. from Indiana University in 1983 and worked as a graphic designer for the Pan American Games, IBM Corporation, and other clients. She is currently the director of the Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University in Bloomington. As director, she has curated numerous exhibitions including Feminine Persuasion, Personal: Selections from the Robert J. Shiffler Collection, and Human Nature. She has edited several books, including Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute Collection (Aperture, 2015), Human Nature, School of Fine Arts Gallery, Indiana University (2007), Les Vérités du Sexe, Editions Marval, Paris, France (French, German editions, 2003), and Feminine Persuasion: Contemporary Women’s Sexuality, Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN (2003). She has been exhibiting her paintings, books, objects and installations since 1983. Her work has been exhibited at many known venues, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., White Columns and Art in General in New York, the City Gallery at Chastain in Atlanta, the Indiana State Museum, and in Houston, Los Angeles, and other locations. She is the recipient of several grants and awards, including a Visual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and awards from the Indiana Arts Commission and the American Craft Council. Her work is represented by Packer/Schopf Gallery in Chicago.