Lori Betz is a fine art sculptor and the owner of Betz Art Foundry.
Lori Betz is a fine art sculptor whose work is collected and displayed both nationally and internationally.
After graduating from the University of Texas I did my residency at the Shigaraki Institute, Japan. After my residency was over I sought out instructors to apprentice with and this lead me to travel and study with as many influential artists as I could. A few instructors I have studied with would include artist Alan Bain in Procopia,Greece and in Cortona, Italy with artist Alex Deya and I was fortunate enough to have studied raku with the famous artist, Paul Soldner, in Anderson, Colorado..
I came back to the United States to pursue a masters degree in studio art but part way through I decided to open my own gallery and to immerse myself in the process. Betz Art Gallery was open for 12 years and located in the heart of Houston. In 2012 Miguel Macias, who had been my foundry master for 3 years, and I decided to create a partnership and open Betz Art Foundry in Summer Street Warehouse in the downtown Houston Arts District. Miguel Macias is a master in all aspects of bronze investment casting and has been casting my sculptures for many years. Our partnership is a merging of two artists with 50years of experience between us, coming together to create works of public art in order to engage and enrich our community.
Every year I participate in several group and solo exhibitions and my work has been included in many public and private collections. In 2010 I was commissioned to sculpt a memorial bronze of two figures for the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 I sculpted a bronze of two of the soloists dancers for the Houston Ballet and I am currently
working on a life size bronze for the Tampa, Florida Iraqi War Memorial. I am also completing a lifesized angel for Glenwood Cemetary My 6 foot tall figurative sculpture was chosen by the Loveland Sculpture Invitational’s Sculpture Garden.
In 2013 I am currently working on five lifesized war heroes for the Florida Veterans War Memorial. Some of my work canbe viewed at www.betzartfoundry.com
Her work demonstrates her respect for the classical canons of art and design while maintaining a contemporary relevancy. Betz displays refined skills and a vision that extends to a worldly perspective. Her passion for public art translates into an exciting energy in her approach to the sculptural process.
Betz’s figuartive sculptures capture moments of grace, beauty, and vulnerability in her subjects. Her artworks speak to moments and conditions that touch everyone, and they do so with a dignified strength.