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Quarantine Confidential: Betsy Ruth Byers

Are you ok? What are you doing to stay sane & ride out the quarantine?

I would say I fluctuate between panic and calm every 15 minutes. Really? I am trying to take it moment by moment. I am also beyond grateful for those that are on the front lines including health care workers, grocery store clerks and pharmacists among others. Thank you for taking care of our communities.

Slippage, 2020

Best art show you’ve seen this past decade and where?

Vik Muniz at Sikkema Jenkins in NYC March 2017. SO GOOD!

Recently Exposed 2020

Favorite tv show or movie?

Goonies. Hands down.

Point of No Return, 2019

What has been the high Point of my career?

Showing at the SCOPE  International Art Show. It was a formative experience for me, with the added bonus of being surrounded by incredible work!


Rejections….they happen.  The worst is when they happen too close together. The good news is that getting back into the studio afterwards makes me feel better and also convicted in the work I make.

Terminus, 2019

If you could pick a museum to break into and steal one painting, where and what?

This question is too hard! But I love it. My first would be Arnold Böcklin’s  Isle of the Dead, 3rd Version, at Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. A close second is Joan Mitchell’s No Rain, at MOMA in New York or Richard Diebenkorn’s, Seawall, 1957 from the DeYoung.

Betsy Ruth Byers is an artist and an Associate Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited at the National Galleries of Scotland, SCOPE International Art Fair, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, DeVos Art Museum, Hillstrom Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Intermedia Arts, Guilford Art Center and The Soap Factory. Her work resides in several private, corporate and museum collections including the Weisman Museum of Art, Hillstrom Museum of Art, Minnesota Vikings, Target Corporation, Nordstrom Corporation, BMO Harris Bank, LPM Corporation, and Allina Health Center.


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