Loyola University Chicago

Gallery Staff

Betsy Odom, Co-Director

Betsy Odom received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a full time Professor in Sculpture and 3D Design in Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Betsy has worked as an exhibition coordinator for the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces at Columbia College Chicago, and interned at the Yale University Art Gallery and at the Berkeley Art Center. She has curated several exhibitions, including Near at Hand at the Ralph Arnold Gallery, Tomboy at Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago, and was the juror for WomanMade Gallery’s 20 in their 20’s. 

Odom has exhibited widely and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a DCASE Grant, Illinois Arts Council Artist Grant, and West collection Acquisition Prize. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Let’s Be Honest at 4th Ward Project Space in Chicago, Oh No at Terrain Projects in Oak Park, IL, and Freedom Culture at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.

Contact: eodom1@luc.edu · 773.508.7531

Rafael E. Vera, Co-Director

Rafael E. Vera received his BFA and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he was a recipient of the Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship Award and the George L. and Roman Siegel Fellowship Award. In 2013, he received the 3Arts Ragdale Residency Fellowship, and during the year 2014-2015 he was an Artist Resident for HATCH Projects at Chicago Artists Coalition. He is a full time Professor in Painting, Drawing, and Printmaking at Loyola University Chicago. Rafael has organized numerous exhibitions, workshops and lectures for Northeastern Illinois University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and College of DuPage, among others. He is currently the curator for Bad Editions, a traveling show that was first exhibited at the Ralph Arnold Gallery.

Vera has a long list of solo and group exhibitions and publications, which include New American Paintings, issue 107; the 23rd Evanston and Vicinity Biennial, where he received the 2017 Exhibition Award; the LA Art Show 2016, Los Angeles, CA; Present Standard, Chicago Cultural Center – curated by Edra Soto and Josue Pellot; Mutual Dealings, Bert Green Fine Art, Chicago; and The Moments Between: New Work by Rafael E. Vera, Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, Chicago, – curated by Jessica Cochran.

Contact: rvera@luc.edu · 773.508.8287