& Betsy Ruth Byers at Rosalux Gallery, Opening Feb. 3rd">Priscilla Briggs & Betsy Ruth Byers at Rosalux Gallery, Opening Feb. 3rd

ROSALUX GALLERY is pleased to present two solo shows by artists Priscilla Briggs and Betsy Ruth Byers. In For the Gods Briggs’s photographs relate ancient beliefs about caste and karma to contemporary economic and environmental issues in India.  In Remnants, Betsy Ruth Byers’ paintings meditate on the changing landscape at Glacier National Park.

Public Reception: Saturday, February 3rd, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: February 3-25th
Gallery Hours: Saturdays + Sundays: 12–4 pm

Priscilla Briggs – Temple Flower Market, Varanasi, Archival Ink Print, 18” x 27”
Priscilla Briggs

Betsy Ruth Byers – Remnant, Oil on Canvas, 16” x 16”
Betsy Ruth Byers

Priscilla Briggs / For the Gods 
While visiting the Golden Temple in Varanasi, Briggs lifted a garland of flowers from a basket of offerings to breathe in the aroma. The temple guide stopped her short, “The smell is not for you, it is for the gods.” This exhibition of photographs considers various facets of India’s economic and social structure in the wake of globalization and rapid growth. While the caste system is technically illegal, it is embedded in centuries of social structure and religious belief. The already wide contrast between rich and poor has been compounded by globalization and its effect on the environment. Through groupings of images, Briggs photographs represent environmental and economic contrasts.

Briggs is an artist and an Associate Professor at Gustavus Adolphus College. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Her research has been supported by artist grants from the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board, as well as various professional research grants. Her work has been exhibited at the Landskrona Photo Salon in Sweden, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Minneapolis International Film Festival, the DeVos Art Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Lousiville Photo Biennial, and the Living Arts New Genre Festival in Tulsa, OK. Her artist monograph, Impossible Is Nothing: China’s Theater of Consumerism, was published last year by Daylight Books. Priscilla Briggs

Betsy Ruth Byers / Remnants
This series, Remnants, was developed through a combination of direct observation at Glacier National Park and indirect reference of historical images from the USGS Repeat Photography Project Archive. Through the process of repeatedly returning to the same subject matter as a point of reference, Byers aims to hone a nuanced understanding of our subjective experience of place. The act of painting itself manipulates time, allowing Byers to transpose multiple perspectives into a singular, abstracted space. Utilizing paint to mimic glacial processes such as melt and flow, her paintings seek to intertwine past and present events.

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, De Vos 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, Target Corporation, Nordstrom Corporation, BMO Harris Bank, LPM Corporation, and Allina Health Center. Betsy Ruth Byers

This activity was made possible by an Artist Grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with fund provided by the McKnight Foundation.