I paint to discover and imagine our intimate relationship with the environment in an abstract form. My paintings are an intersection of memory and process. The work births from potent encounters of the body within space. The progression of each painting draws on sensual traces and visual structures of these remembrances for imagery and color.

The material characteristics of oil and acrylic help to develop the spaces where surfaces meet. Responding to the corporeal activity of laying paint on canvas, I activate its abilities by scraping, expanding, mixing, and overlapping layers. Interweaving the psychological space and materiality of paint, I search for reciprocity between the boundaries of intimacy and immensity, self and other.

 


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EDUCATION

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2006-2008            

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies, Painting Emphasis

 

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

2002-2003

Initial Licensure Master of Arts in Education Program

Licensed in preK-12 Visual Art Education in Minnesota

 

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN

1998-2002

Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art Major, Environmental Studies Concentration

 

Semester Abroad: Associated Colleges of the Midwest, London, England

2001

Linguaviva Scuolo d’Italiano, Florence, Italy


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

2015

2012

2011

2010

2010

2009

2005

2002

2001    

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Submerge, Recent Works by Betsy Ruth Byers, St. Peter, MN

Kolman & Pryor Gallery, Indeterminate Present, Minneapolis, MN

HFA Gallery, Peripheral Accumulations, University of Minnesota Morris, Morris, MN

Burnet Gallery, Elsewhere, Chambers Le Méridien Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

The Phipps Center for the Arts, Boundary Conditions, Hudson, WI

Augsburg College, Surface Structures, Minneapolis, MN

Miles Reif Center for the Arts, Extending, Grand Rapids, MN

Keyes Gallery, Live. Re-Live, Stony Creek, CT

Kelsey Art Gallery, Memories of Ruth, Northfield, MN

Miles Reif Center for the Arts, The Growth of an Artist, Grand Rapids, MN


SELECTED TWO-PERSON AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016

2015

2015

2014

2014

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2011

2011

2010

2010

2009

2009

2008

2007

2007

2006

2006

2005

2005

2003

2000    

 

Kolman & Pryor Gallery, No Boys Allowed, Minneapolis, MN

National Galleries of Scotland, Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibitions, Invited Artists, Edinburgh Scotland

Groveland Gallery, Love Letters from Artists, curated by Peter Kramer, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Museum of American Art, 2014 MN Biennial, jurors: Christina Chang, Brian Frink and Meredith Lynn

University of Wisconsin River Falls, About Space, River Falls, WI

Devos Art Museum, N of the 45 Parallel, Juror: Mason Riddle, Marquette, MI

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Recent Acquisitions, St. Paul, MN

Burnet Gallery, Interaction, Chambers Le Méridien Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

Minnesota Museum of American Art, Painting the Place Between, St. Paul, MN

Anita Sue Kolman Gallery, In and Out, Minneapolis, MN

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Faculty Exhibition, St. Peter, MN

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Art on the Town

Anita Sue Kolman Gallery, A Summer of Abstract Art, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Water Rights, Minneapolis, MN

Hudson Hospital, Healing Arts Program, Hudson, WI

St. Catherine University, Ways of Doing, St. Paul, MN

Fallon Worldwide, Re-Surfacing, Minneapolis, MN

The Soap Factory, Thesis Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN

Burnet Gallery, Chambers Le Méridien Hotel, Get StARTed, Minneapolis, MN

Whittier Gallery, Open Format, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

The Institute Gallery, Betsy Byers and Kristi Ylvisaker, Sogndal, Norway

Case Gallery, Betsy Byers and Barbara Borck-Hart, Orange, CT

Jorgensen Gallery – University of Connecticut Campus, Connecticut Women Artist’s 76th Annual Juried Exhibition, Hartford, CT

Guilford Art Center, Mixed Media Quilts, Guilford, CT

Intermedia Arts Gallery, Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota Show: Inspired by Woman, Minneapolis, MN

Carleton College Art Museum, HOMEing Devices, Northfield, MN


GALLERY REPRESENTATION

Kolman & Pryor Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Rosalux Gallery, Minneapolis, MN


COLLECTIONS

Weisman Museum of Art

Hillstrom Museum of Art

Nordstrom Corporation

Target Corporation

BMO Harris Bank

LPM Corporation

SuNu Chiropractic

Radisson Hotel Minneapolis

Gustavus Adolphus College

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

St. Olaf College

Private Collections in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Norway


INVITED ARTIST TALKS AND CRITIQUES

2015

2014

2013

2013

2013

2012

2012

2012

2012

2012

2009

2008

2008

2008

Kolman & Pryor Gallery, Panel Discussion: Color What is it good for? Moderated by Dr. Christina Schmid

University of Wisconsin River Falls, Visiting Artist Lecure

St. Olaf College, Arnold Flatten Lecture Series

College of Visual Arts, Foundation Studies Artist Lecture Series

Kolman Pryor Gallery, Walker Art Center Contemporaries Artist Talk

Minnesota Museum of American Art, Artist Talk

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Painting the Space Between Artist Panel

Indiana University Southeast, Visiting Artist Lecture and Workshop

Bellarmine University, Visiting Artist Lecture

University of Minnesota Morris, Visiting Artist Lecture

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Visiting Artist Lecture, Graduate Thesis Seminar

St. Olaf College, Visiting Artist Lecture, 2D Design and Painting 1

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Visiting Critic, Drawing 1

College of Visual Arts, Visiting Critic, Senior Studies


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts

2011-present          

Oil Painting, Water-Based Media, Acrylic Painting, Advanced Painting, Intaglio and Screen Printing, Advanced Printmaking, Mixed Media Acrylic Painting, Art and Architecture of Renaissance Italy

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

Graduate Mentor

2011-present

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN           

Adjunct Instructor

2010-2011 

Senior Project, Painting 1, Foundation Drawing 1

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN

Adjunct Instructor

2009-2011

Color Theory, 2D Foundations, Master of Arts Education Program

St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Adjunct Instructor

2009-2011

Drawing 1, Intro to 2D Design, Painting for Non-majors

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Art in the Parks Classroom Instructor, Family Day Artist, Art Educator

2008-2011 


RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013

2013

2010

2009

2006-7

2005-6    

 

Walker Art Center, Featured artist in Painter, Painter event

College Art Association, Art Exchange Selected Artist, New York, NY

Augsburg College, Student Art Show Juror

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Gallery & Fellowship Assistant

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Gallery Graduate Assistant

Tabor Community Arts Center, Junior High Program Coordinator, Branford, CT


GRANTS, AWARDS AND HONORS

2015

2015

2013

2012

2009

2009

2006-8

2002

2002

1998-02     

 

Artist Initiative Grant Recipient, Minnesota State Arts Board

Presidential Scholarship Grant Recipient, Gustavus Adolphus College

Presidential Scholarship Grant Recipient, Gustavus Adolphus College

Scholarship, Research and Creativity Grant Recipient, Gustavus Adolphus College

Artist Initiative Grant Recipient, Minnesota State Arts Board

New York Mills Jerome Foundation Artist Residency

MFA Opportunity Grant Recipient, Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Art, St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College Art Department Senior Scholarship Recipient, St. Olaf College

Buntrock Scholar Recipient, St. Olaf College


PUBLICATIONS

2013     

2012     

2012     

2011     

2011     

2011     

2011     

2010     

2010     

2009     

2007     

2006     

2005     

2005     

2003     

2000     

 

Walker Art Center Blog, Meet the Artists of February’s First Free Saturday

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Fall 2012 Arts Preview Must See Shows

Mankato Free Press, Hey Betsy, I like your Art, Tanner Kent

Metro Magazine, Don’t Settle For the Mundane When Choosing Art, Cy Winship

State of the Arts Blog, Night Swimming, Marianne Combs

Studio Visit, Juror Beth Venn, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Newark Museum

mnartists access+ENGAGE ejournal, Featured Banner Artist, January, Issue 61 

Mpls St. Paul Magazine, Scene and Heard- Works of Art, November 2010, p25 and 27

Art in America, 2010 Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists, Volume 98, Issue 7 New York, NY

The Herald, Volume IXV, Issue 24, New York Mills, MN

Kare 11 Sunrise NewsGet stARTed Interview

Yale University Gallery Audio Guide, New Haven, CT

The Sound, Volume IX, Issue 37 and 36, Branford, CT

Arts! September, New Haven Arts Council Publication

Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota Publication, Minneapolis, MN

Center Stage, A Reif Center Publication, Grand Rapids, MN


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 

2007-p

2006-p

2003-p

2002-p

2004-6  

 

College Art Association

MNartists.org

National Education Association

Phi Beta Kappa

New Haven Arts Council

 


VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

 

2013

2008-p

2008

2006-7

2005-6          

 

Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Grant Review Panelist, Minneapolis, MN

Midway Contemporary Art, Drawing Rally Artist, Minneapolis, MN

St. Olaf College, Art Career Panel, Northfield, MN

Whittier Graduate Studio Critique Coordinator, Minneapolis, MN

New Haven Arts Council Intern, New Haven, CT