Betty Rivard Photography | About
My mission is to show the beauty and individuality of everyday scenes in West Virginia and beyond.

I have used cameras and studied photographs since I was a small child. In 2000, after retiring as a social worker and planner for the State of West Virginia, I became a professional fine art landscape photographer. Since that time I have been awarded a number of grants and the WV Fellowship in Photography through the WV Division of Culture and History and the WV Commission on the Arts. My photographs have been included in solo and group shows, including juried exhibitions, throughout the state. I have also coordinated and curated exhibits with other West Virginia photographers.

Exhibits in 2015-16 include the Tamarack Gallery in Beckley, the gallery at West Liberty State University in West Liberty, WesBanco in downtown Parkersburg, and the Art Emporium in Charleston.  Photographs have also been included in juried exhibitions through the WV Art and Craft Guild and the Tamarack Gallery.

I sell my photographs in the form of note cards, unframed prints of various sizes, and framed prints. Please email me at for a price list and further information about retail outlets.

In late 2012 my book, New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943, was published by the West Virginia University Press. This book includes 150+ of the over 1600 photographs that were taken by ten professional photographers who visited the state in association with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) Project. The book builds on a number of mini-exhibits and articles, funded in part by the West Virginia Humanities Council, that include photographs that were taken by Ben Shahn and Marion Post Wolcott in the southern coalfields.

As an offshoot to the book a mini-exhibit of photographs of Tygart Valley Homestead is currently touring along Route 219.  I look forward to being involved with additional research, publications, presentations, and exhibits, based on the book.  I am also working on a new book, "When We All Worked Together," based on photographs of the Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard in May, 1943, that were taken by Arthur Siegel, the last of the FSA photographers to visit West Virginia.  This work has been supported in part by the WV Humanities Council.

The FSA Project photographs are available for download through the Library of Congress at These photographs are in the public domain and there is no cost for using the current scans. The Library is in the process of upgrading all of the scans to a high resolution.

Two new projects include curating and exhibiting photographs by the late Ralph Kennedy of his trips to Latin America, and commentary on the bungalow/arts and crafts movement culture in West Virginia.