Betsy Ritz Friebert Mrs. Joseph Friebert (1910 - 1963)

Birth date: 1910 Death date: 1963  
Birth location: Hibbing, Minnesota Death location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin  
Media: Calligraphy , Design , Drawing , Graphic Art , Illustration Web site:
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Biographical Brief

Retired when she married Joseph Friebert.
No longer produced art after her marriage to Joseph Friebert.

1932: Education degree, Milwaukee State teachers College.


Betsy Ritz Friebert

Born 1910 in Hibbing, Minnesota

Died  1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Betsy Ritz studied at Milwaukee State Teachers College and graduated in 1932 with a degree in art education. At school, in addition to excelling in drawing, lettering and fashion design classes, she showed promise as an illustrator.

This interest in the use of fluid line and bold color developed into a simplified, but distinctive style. A prolific artist in her student years, she created numerous charcoal and graphite drawings, linocuts and etchings.

In 1932, Betsy Ritz married Joseph Friebert who was just beginning his artistic career after training and practicing as a pharmacist. When they started to raise a family, the couple decided that Betsy would forego art to concentrate on a career as a wife and mother. She anticipated returning to art production full-time when their children were grown but that was not to be, Betsy died of cancer at the early age of 53. In a joint, posthumous exhibition with her husband, most of Betsy Friebert’s work dated from her student days and the early years of her marriage. 

Group Exhibition

2003          Works on Paper by Joseph Friebert and Betsy Ritz Friebert,

                   Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee    

© 9/11/2007 Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI                                                             4/6/2010




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