MANCHESTER - Long-time Burr and Burton Art Department chairwoman and teacher Betsy Byrne Hubner has announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2013 academic year.

She has been at Burr and Burton Academy since 1988.

As both a teacher and department head, she has transformed the Visual Arts Department in the span of her 25 years of service to Burr and Burton Academy, having built a preeminent art program, and having sent many students into careers in the arts.

As both an artist and educator, Betsy credits her family's move to Vermont as "the spark to her artistic creativity."

Since that move, her colorful works have drawn extensively from Vermont's scenic surroundings and as well as her encounters with the many domestic and wild animals found in Vermont. Hubner's acrylic paintings have won statewide acclaim and have been exhibited extensively throughout New England.

She has won regional and state awards for her entries in both the "Horses of Manchester" community art project and the "Palettes of Vermont" competition.

Hubner has obtained several degrees, her latest being an MFA from the Art Institute at Lesley University, has been awarded many awards, honors, and fellowships such as a Fulbright Scholarship to Japan, the Rowland and Bigelow Funds grants at Burr and Burton, and the Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship in Washington.

She is distinguished as Vermont's first National Board Certified teacher and has been involved in setting national standards for what art teachers need to know and be able to do. Hubner is also a professor at Castleton State College.

At BBA she has organized and led international student art trips to Europe, started the AP art program, worked on service projects such as the Katrina "Chairitable" events fund-raiser for Salmen High School, in Louisiana, as well as many other programs.

Many of her students have won prestigious awards such as the Governor's Institute prize, and Hubner was also awarded the prestigious Governor's Forum for Transforming art education in Vermont.

Ms. Hubner will be having a retrospective show at the Southern Vermont Arts Center May 11 - June 23, 2013 with an opening reception on May 18 from 2 - 4 p.m.