Recital Hall

Betty Post-Cutler Memorial Lobby


Betty Bertha Post-Cutler was born March 20, 1895 in Colchester, to Ira and Eureatha (Twaddle) Post. Cutler lived most of her life in Avon, IL. A graduate of the Western Academy in 1917, and later earning a BS in Art Education in 1953 from Western, she was a life-long supporter of Western Illinois University and the arts.

Betty Bertha Post-Cutler. A true Renaissance woman, she traveled around the world twice and studied abroad. She was an artist, an accomplished musician, and a successful businesswoman who was a partner in the Farmers Grain Elevator in Avon for 15 years. She was an educator, teaching both at the junior high level and later at the Chicago Art Institute. She was a progressive thinker and truly a woman ahead of her time.

Her bequest of her estate to the College of Fine Arts and Communication to help support the building and maintenance of a Recital Hall was an important project to her. Her gift, upon her death in 1999 at the age of 104, is a legacy of that desire to give the students and faculty in the School of Music a facility specifically designed for the performance of acoustic music. Her gift helped with some of the construction costs; and a nearby farm, which is managed by the WIU Foundation, will provide income to the Recital Hall for years to come.

As an acknowledgment of Ms. Cutler’s life, love of the arts and her generous gift, the College of Fine Arts and Communication has named the lobby of the facility The Betty Post-Cutler Memorial Lobby. We hope the music that fills this Recital Hall will be a lasting tribute to a woman whose life was centered on artistic and intellectual pursuits.