An Interview With Byron Roche

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Jeriah Hildwine and Byron Roche

One year ago, Chicago art dealer Byron Roche announced that he would be closing his River North gallery space.  We interviewed him about the reasons for the closing, his history as a gallerist, and his future plans which include operating as a private art dealer, playing music, and putting together an exhibition of his personal collection of jewelry and other artworks made by American servicemen in the Pacific theater of World War II.

Part 1 of our interview with Byron is also available here on YouTube.

Part 2 of our interview with Byron is also available here on YouTube.

Since our interview, Byron has remained busy and active within the Chicago art and music scenes. Recently he's been working as an art consultant and lecturing in local art departments, as well as continuing to sell work. At the same time he's been working on his own music, available on his website.

At the same time, he's been working on producing a book on WW2 soldier made art, of which he is an avid collector. Recently he spent some time in St. Louis with longtime colleague Jeremy Vajda documenting some of the works, images of which are available here.

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