Betsy Byers


Associate Professor 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.


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

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
ART-233Mixed Media Painting72017/SP, 2016/SP, 2015/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/FA
ART-246Water Based Media52015/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2011/FA
ART-232Oil Painting42016/SP, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
ART-238Intaglio/Screenpaint42015/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, and 2012/SP
ART-372Advanced Painting32017/SP, 2015/SP, and 2013/SP
ART-237Print: Relief & Litho.32016/SP, 2015/SP, and 2013/SP
ART-378Advanced Printmaking22016/SP and 2014/SP
FTS-100FTS:Good Art, Bad Art22015/FA and 2013/FA
ART-099Senior Show12014/FA
ART-164Art/Arch of Ren Italy12013/JN