Betsy Odom (b. Amory, Mississippi) received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a DCASE Grant, Illinois Arts Council Artist Grant, and West collection Acquisition Prize. Odom’s work has been reviewed in publications including in Artforum, Fabrik Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Butchcraft at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, Freedom Culture at the Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Everlast at Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, and Queer Forms at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
EDUCATIONYale University School of Art, New Haven, CT M.F.A. in Sculpture, 2007San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CAB.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art, 2002 United World College USA, Montezuma, NMInternational Baccalaureate, 1999
FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS and AWARDS2019 Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship, finalist, Chicago, IL 20192018 DCASE Grant, Chicago, IL2018 Professional Development Grant, Loyola University Chicago, 20182014 Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Artist Grant, Chicago, IL2013 Critical Fierceness Grant, Chances Dances, Chicago, IL 2012 West Collection Acquisition Prize, Philadelphia, PA Community Supported Art Program, Selected Artist, ThreeWalls Chicago, Chicago, IL2011 Community Artist Assistance Program Grant, City of Chicago Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL2010 Illinois Arts Council Independent Artist Grant, Chicago, IL2009 Part-Time Faculty Development Grant, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL2008 All Staff Arts and Media Award, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL2007 Alice Kimball English Traveling Grant, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT2006 Anderson Ranch Merit Scholarship, Snowmass Village, CO2005 Cultural Arts Council of Houston / Harris County Artist Fellowship Grant, Houston, TX
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS2019 Butchcraft, DePaul Museum of Art, Chicago, IL2019 Object Relations, Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL2018 Color Guard, Ledge Gallery, Broad Museum, Michigan State University2018 Everlast (With Celeste Rapone), Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL2017 Boyish Charms (with Rafael Vera), Demo Projects, Springfield, IL2015 Let's Be Honest, 4th Ward Project Space, Chicago, IL2014 OH NO, Terrain Projects, Oak Park, IL 2013 Betsy Odom: Bulldog, Demo Projects, Springfield, IL2012 Gentlewoman, Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, IL2011 Betsy Odom: Registry, ThreeWalls Gallery, Chicago, IL Betsy Odom: Sis Boom Bah; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL2010 Betsy Odom: Almost, Sonnenschein Gallery, Chicago, IL Betsy Odom: Bulldog, North Branch Gallery, Skokie, IL2005 New Terrain, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX Fainting Goats, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX2004 Betsy Odom, ArtScan Gallery/ Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX Betsy Odom: Barnyard, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX
Group Exhibitions2019 On Guard, Storefront Gallery, New York, NY D6 Design + Art #12, Dock 6, Chicago, IL Queer Forms, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN2018 Hand Eye Coordination: Sports and Art, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL Mobile, Open Space, Baltimore, MD Object Permanence, FJORD Gallery, Philidelphia, PA2017 Small Sculpture, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL Landline, Ads Donna, Chicago, IL Gendered, Mint Museum Uptown, Charolette, NC MaterialKINK, Leather Archive and Museum, Chicago, IL The Annual, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL Landline, Adds Donna, Chicago, IL Precariat, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL Stronger Together, WomanMade Gallery, Chicago, IL Can't Lose, Metropolitan Capital, Chicago, IL2016 Corbett vs. Dempsey at Art Expo Chicago, Chicago, IL You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Lula Café, Chicago, IL Your body is a battleground, Weinberg/ Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL Trifecta, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago2015 Freedom Culture, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Warm Kitty, Fuzzy Kitty, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL Tertiary Dimensions, Sector 2337, Chicago, IL2014 Entangled, Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX Boundaries, Collapse, Critical Fierceness Show, Lula Cafe, Chicago, IL Natology Projects at Scope Miami, Miami, FL2013 Wild, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL The Mind’s I, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL Rube Goldberg’s Ghost, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, IL More Than Naked, Ralph Arnold Fine Art Annex, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL Shape Shifters, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN2012 ACRE at NADA Miami, Miami, FL West Prize Exhibition, SEI Gallery, Philadelphia, PA In Search Of…, Rhodes College, Memphis, TN First Contact, Field Projects, New York, NY Industry of the Ordinary: Sic Transit Gloria Mundi, Portrait Project, Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 20 Jurors, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL Big Youth II, Amel Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany Re-Source, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL2011 Conversations: Parallel Play, Riverside Art Center, Riverside, IL Privacy, Please!, AIR Gallery, New York dream, in, the, act, Kunz Vis Projects, Chicago, IL Space Cases, Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, Chicago, IL Group Hug, ACRE Projects at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL Hyde Park Art Center at MDW Fair, Chicago, IL ACRE Projects at NEXT Fair, Chicago, IL2010 Drawing From Lives, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL Girl, Please, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL Art Loop Open 2010, Hotel Allegro, Chicago, IL New Wave, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL New City’s 2010 Breakout Artists, ArtChicago, Chicago, IL The Shape of Things to Come, Jettison, NEXT Fair, Chicago, IL2009 (Blank)Space, Faculty Exhibition, Columbia College Chicago, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Chicago, IL Zombie—A Mindless Affair, Antenna Gallery, Chicago, IL Changed, Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA2008 Points of Convergence: Masters of Fine Art, College Art Association Exhibition, The Gallery at UTA/ University of Texas, Arlington, TX Drawn IV, Hokin Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL2007 White Trash Heroes, RawSpace, New York, NY Yale Sculpture MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT Summer Show, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX2006 ScopeMiami, Rudolph Projects in Miami, FL Contemporary Art Houston, Shanghai Museum of Fine Art, Shanghai, China Traffic, Space 125, Houston, TX2005 Drawn Four, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX UnReal, University of Texas, Dallas, TX Pri-Mar-Y, Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas, TX 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX First-Year Exhibition, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT2004 New American Talent: 19, Arthouse, Austin, TX Excessive, University of Texas, Dallas, TX A Little Insolence, A Little Soul, Redbud Projects, Houston, TX Kelli Connell, Thomas Feulmer, Betsy Odom, Southside Gallery, Dallas, TX In Situ, Buffalo Bayou Art Park, Houston, TX The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX Contemporary Issues Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX Project Marfa, Barry Whistler Gallery at Highland Bus Depot, Marfa, TX Art LA, ArtScan Gallery/ Rudolph Projects in Los Angeles, CA2003 Red, ArtScan Gallery/ Rudolph Projects, Houston, TX The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX Dallas vs. Houston, Plush Gallery, Dallas, TX Space, Commerce Street Artists’ Warehouse, Houston, TX Scope Miami, ArtScan Gallery/ Rudolph Projects in Miami, FL Iron Tribe ’03, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM2002 US/ UK Cast Iron Exhibition, New Orleans Sculpture Lab, New Orleans, LA 35th Anniversary Show, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA Senior Show, Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA SFAI Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
CURATING2019 Past Tense, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago2018 Good News, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago Bad News, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago2017 Body Work, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, IL
Unapologetic Drawing, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, IL2016 Near at Hand, Ralph Arnold Gallery, Loyola University Chicago, IL2011 Twenty in Their Twenties (juror), Woman-Made Gallery, Chicago, IL2010 Tomboy, Glass Curtain Gallery, Chicago, ILNoted in the Top 5 group exhibitions of 2010 in Chicago by NewCity
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