Betsy Rosenwald Bio + CV

Betsy Rosenwald lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her paintings incorporate a variety of media, including wax, oil, drawing media, and photography. They have been included in exhibitions across Canada and the US, as well as internationally in Japan, England, Italy, and Switzerland. Most recently her work is featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Grain, a national literary magazine in Canada, and in the online exhibition Word, curated by Jacqueline Lima as part of the Easton (PA) Book Festival. She has collaborated with writers on several projects, including Pliny’s Knickers (with poets Steven Ross Smith and Hilary Clark), which received the 2005 bp Nichol chapbook award. Betsy has received grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, The Canada Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Art Matters Foundation, and artist residencies at AKA Artist-Run (Saskatoon, SK), Pouch Cove Foundation (NL), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto), Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (Dawson City, YT), Emma Lake Artist/Writers Retreat (Sask) and the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH). Born in Boston, she moved to New York City to complete an MFA at Brooklyn College (Brooklyn, NY). While in New York, she was member of PS122, an artist-run studio collective, and her work was represented by the seminal East Village gallery, Civilian Warfare. Betsy is currently represented by The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon and by Grasslands Gallery Online. Follow her on Instagram at @betsyrose_1

One/Two Person Exhibitions

2021    Journal of the Plague Year, with Dawna Rose, gallery 330g, Saskatoon, SK

2018    Our Enduring Drama, with Dawna Rose, Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK

2006    Still Remains, Art Gallery of Regina, Regina, SK

2005    Salvage, Odd Gallery, Dawson City, YT

1985    Betsy Rosenwald, Civilian Warfare Gallery, New York, NY

1983    Just Above Midtown/Downtown, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


Deck the Walls: Small Works/Big Stories, Grasslands Gallery Online

You Are Here: A Place on a Map of the Heart, Grasslands Gallery Online

Art Now 2021, Grasslands Gallery Online


Easton Book Festival, Easton, PA (online), Word, curated by Jackie Lima


Pump House at River Landing, Saskatoon, SK, Pop Luck


The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Figure/Ground

Art Now Saskatchewan Fine Art Fair, Saskatoon, SK


The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon, SK, Conversations in Paint


James Baird Gallery, St. Johns, NFLD, Here and Back, curated by Robert Clarke-Davis


Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Fresh

Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK, Objects and Images


Bentley College, Waltham, MA, The Dog Show

Gallery Asyl, New York, Not the Biennial


Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, New York, One River, One World, curated by Mariella Bisson

Tweed Gallery, New York, New York, Commission on the Status of Women: Women’s Art, Women’s Lives, Women’s Issues

Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York, Anniversary Exhibition


Barbican Arts Group Gallery, London, England, A New York View

Kraine Club Gallery, New York, 4 Women

Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT, Art of the Northeast, curated by Patterson Sims (Reader’s Digest Award for Works on Paper)


Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York, Vivid Pastel

Galleria Centro Mascarella Arte Ricerca, Bologna, Italy, and Museo Civico d’Avola, Siracusa, Italy: La Banda dei Dodici: 12 Artists from New York City

Hudson Center Gallery, New York, Women Regard Men

Center for Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, Women Regard Men


La Foret Museum, Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya, Japan: Correspondences: New York Art Now, curated by Nicolas Moufarrege

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana, Collector’s Choice

Bond Gallery, New York, Stigmata, curated by Steven Kaplan

Nora Haime Gallery, New York, Pastel

London Art Fair, London, England

Avenue B Gallery, New York Feminists & Misogynists Together at Last, curated by Robt Costa


Zurich Art Fair, Zurich, Switzerland

Women’s Interart Center, New York, Dreams and Nightmares, curated by Janet Heit

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Painting and Sculpture Today: 1984 Biennial Exhibition curated by Helen Ferrulli

Vardell Gallery, St. Andrew’s College, Laurinsburg, NC, Contemporary Tendencies


Monique Knowlton Gallery, New York, Intoxication, curated by Nicolas Moufarrege

Real Artways, Hartford, Connecticut, Dirty Pictures, curated by Jeanette Ingberman, Exit Art

PS 1, Long Island City, New York A Flag for the 80s, Installation


White Columns, New York, Dirty Pictures, curated by Jeanette Ingberman

Basement Workshop, New York, Angry Art, curated by Reine Hauser and Janet Henry

Civilian Warfare Gallery, New York, All Art

Public Illumination Gallery, New York

Selected Articles and Reviews

CBC News Saskatchewan, Journal of the Plague Year exhibition examines politics through an artistic lens, (Morning Edition), Ashleigh Mattern, February 14, 2021

Galleries West, Dawna Rose and Betsy Rosenwald: Journal of the Plague Year (Exhibitions, Saskatoon), February 2021

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Plague year: Saskatoon artists put their feelings about politics, social issues, and Covid-19 on display, Matt Olson, February 18, 2021

CBC Morning Edition, Pop Luck radio interview with Julianne Hazlewood, August 2019

Boulderpavement: Art and Ideas (Issue #9—2013, Repetition), online quarterly published by the Banff Centre: featured artist, with interview with Steven Ross Smith

The Leader-Post, Painting past merely a search for meaning, (review: Art Gallery of Regina) Jack Anderson,

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ArtForum, East Village Ten Years After October 1999

108, 4 Artists at Kraine Club Gallery, Carlo McCormick (review: Kraine Club Gallery) May 1987

New York Times, Experimenting with the Purity of Pastels, Helen A. Harrison (review: Vivid Pastel, Islip Art Museum)

Sunday Long Island edition, November 16, 1986

Art News, Betsy Rosenwald, (review: Civilian Warfare Gallery) Sarah Cecil, May 1985

New York Times, The Downtown Scene: A Sampler of What’s New, Vivian Raynor (review: Betsy Rosenwald at Civilian Warfare Gallery) Friday, February 15, 1985

Arts Magazine, Betsy Rosenwald, article with repro by Lewis Kachur, February 1985

Indianapolis News, Painting Today A Vibrant Show, Marion Garmel (review: Painting and Scupture Today, Indianapolis Museum of Art) May 2, 1984

New York Beat, Loisada in Hoosierland, Carlo McCormick, May 23, 1984

Flash Art, The Year After, Nicolas Moufarrege, Summer, 1984

New York Times, A Gallery Scene that Pioneers in New Territories, Grace Glueck, Sunday, June 26, 1983

New York Times, Art: One Man’s Biennial Assembles 102 Artists, Grace Glueck (review: Intoxication, Monique Knowlton Gallery) April 25, 1983

East Village Eye, Review: Betsy Rosenwald at Just Above Midtown/Downtown, Jane Webb, April, 1983

Arts Magazine, Another Wave, Still More Savagely than the First: Lower East Side, 1982, Nicolas Moufarrege (repro)

Selected Catalogues and Publications

The Paris Review, Fall 1997, No. 144 (cover painting)

La Banda dei Dodici: 12 Artists from New York City, with essay by Carlo McCormick, May1986 (catalogue with repro)

Correspondences: New York Art Now, published by Tsurumoto Room Co., Ltd., with essays by Nicolas Moufarrege,

Shozo Tsurumoto, and Alan Jones; in Japanese and English; December 1985 (book with repro)

Women Regard Men, published by Hudson Center Gallery, New York, NY February, 1986 (catalogue with repro)

Painting and Sculpture Today 1984, with essay by Helen Ferrulli, Indianapolis Museum of Art, April 1984 (catalogue)

Dirty Pictures, with essay by Jeanette Ingberman, Exit Art Press , New York, NY December 1982 (repro)


1977    BA, Beloit College, Beloit, WI

1980    MFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

Public Collections

Saskatchewan Arts Board

Canada Council Art Bank

New York Foundation for the Arts

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Grants and Awards

2020    Saskatchewan Arts Board microgrant

2016    Saskatchewan Arts Board Independent Artist Grant

2006    Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grant

2006    bp nichols Chapbook Award, Pliny’s Knickers

1990    Art Matters Foundation, New York, artist grant

1987    Reader’s Digest Award for Works on Paper, Art of the Northeast

1986    New York Foundation for the Arts, artist fellowship

Selected Artist Residencies

2021    AKA Artist-Run, Saskatoon, SK

2021    Pouch Cove Foundation, Pouch Cove, NFLD

Various  Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, ON

Various Emma Lake Artist/Writer Retreat, Emma Lake, SK

2003    Klondike Institute for Art & Culture (KIAC), Dawson City, YT

1985    MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, artist residency

Memberships/Related Work

2018–19    CARFAC Mentorship Program, mentor

2018         Invisibility of Women in the Arts, panelist, Corfu, Greece

2009–14    Grain Magazine, art editor

2005–7      Jack Pine Press Collective, member