Betsy Byers

Faculty

Associate Professor and Chair in Art and Art History

Betsy Ruth Byers holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies with an emphasis in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Byers is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Gustavus Adolphus College. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Scotland, Minnesota Museum of American Art, De Vos Art Museum, Hillstrom Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Intermedia Arts, Guilford Art Center, The Soap Factory, Burnet Gallery in the Le Méridien Chambers Hotel, Augsburg College, and University of Minnesota Morris.  Byers was awarded a 2018 Mcknight Professional Mid-Career Artist Grant, as well as a 2015 and 2009 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. She was featured in the film Painting the Place Between, produced in 2013 by Carbon Mouse Studios and is represented by the Kolman & Pryor Gallery and Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis.

Byers’ studio practice explores the engagement of the body’s senses with the surrounding environment through abstract painting. She employs painting to raise questions about how we inhabit the world. Her most recent project, “Remnants” is a body of work that directly addresses climate change inspired by the rapidly melting glaciers in Glacier National Park.

When Betsy is not teaching or in the studio she enjoys spending time with her husband, Matt, son, Augustus and daughter, Gretel hiking, camping, and road tripping.

Education

M.F.A in Visual Studies, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Masters in Education Initial Licensure Program, St. Catherine University, B.A. St. Olaf College, Studio Art Major with an Environmental Studies Concentration

Areas of Expertise

Painting, Printmaking, and Art Education



Courses Taught

ART-232 (Oil Painting) and ART-246 (Water Based Media)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-233 Mixed Media Painting 7 2017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/FA
ART-246 Water Based Media 5 2015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
ART-232 Oil Painting 4 2016/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
ART-238 Intaglio/Screenpaint 4 2015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
ART-372 Advanced Painting 3 2017/SP, 2015/SP, and 2013/SP
ART-237 Print: Relief & Litho. 3 2016/SP, 2015/SP, and 2013/SP
ART-378 Advanced Printmaking 2 2016/SP and 2014/SP
FTS-100 FTS:Good Art, Bad Art 2 2015/FA and 2013/FA
ART-099 Senior Show 1 2014/FA
ART-164 Art/Arch of Ren Italy 1 2013/JN