Betsy Timmer: Biography
 
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BORN

1981 in Cadillac, Michigan
Lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas

EDUCATION

2005-2008
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Expanded Media

1999-2003
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

2008
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Fibers Workshop Participant
School of Fine Arts Career Opportunity Award, University of Kansas

2007
Felt School, Harveyville Project Artist Residencey, Harveyville, Kansas
Daniel MacMorris Scholarship, University of Kansas
Graduate Division Honorable Mention-Snyder Book Collecting Contest, University of Kansas

2006
Beatrice Bonine Scholarship, University of Kansas,
Ada Bechtel Heuser Scholarship, University of Kansas
Hollander Family Foundation Scholarship, University of Kansas

2005
Daniel MacMorris Scholarship, University of Kansas

2003
Art Star Award, Western Michigan University

2002
Eleanor DeVries Award, Western Michigan University

2001
Semester abroad studying at Salzburg College, Salzburg, Austria

1999-2003
Dean’s List, Western Michigan University
Member of Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University

1999
Medallion Scholarship, Western Michigan University
Valedictorian, Henry Ford II High School

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008
Embodiment - MFA Thesis Exhibition - Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2006
Everyday Ingredients - Works by Betsy Timmer - Olive Gallery, Lawrence, KS

2005
Everyday Ingredients - Recent Works by Betsy Timmer - ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003
Pale Preoccupations, a BFA Thesis Exhibition - South Gallery, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI

SELECTED JURIED/GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2008
Unsung – Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
The Lotus-Eaters -
Apex Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Graduate Group Exhibtion - Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Swap Meet -Group Exhibition – Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
Body/Object – 6 Gallery, Lawrence, KS
42 nd Annual National Drawing & Small Sculpture Show – Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX*
Tenderloins - Teller's Restaurant, Third Floor Gallery, Lawrence, K

2007
Kansas Public Radio Listener's Exhibition - KPR Studio, Lawrence, KS*
Salon Styles: Group Exhibition - Teller's Restaurant, Third Floor Gallery, Lawrence, KS
5th Annual Red Balloon To-Do - Lawrence, KS
Fresh Produce: Group Exhibition - Teller's Restaurant, Third Floor Gallery, Lawrence, KS
Rich As Love: Group Exhibition - Teller's Restaurant, Third Floor Gallery, Lawrence, KS
20"x20"x20": A National Compact Competition and Exhibition - LSU Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA *
Scholarship Nomination Exhibition - Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS*
Graduate Group Exhibition - Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2006
Pins & Needles: Mixed Media by Betsy Timmer & Ann Maree Walker - Living Arts Center, Tulsa, OK
Kansas Collegiate Aesthetics 2006 - Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg, KS*
4th Annual Red Balloon To-Do - Lawrence, KS
Scholarship Nomination Exhibition - Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS*
Graduate Group Exhibition - Art & Design Gallery, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

2005
Inside the Box: A Shoebox Show - Parkland Art Gallery, Champaign, IL*

2004
All Michigan All Media Juried Exhibition 2004 - Rankin Art Gallery, Big Rapids, MI*

2003
Carnegie Center for the Arts 2003 Juried Regional Fine Arts Competition - Carnegie Center for the Arts, Three Rivers, MI*
Print Swap and Group Show - LO-FI Project Site, Grand Rapids, MI
Print Area Group Show - South Gallery, East Hall, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI
Sindecuse Health Center Group Exhibition - Sindecuse Health Center, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI

2002
Three White Girls, three person show - Rotunda Gallery, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI Watercolor Group Show - South Gallery, East Hall, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI
Student Art Exhibition - Dalton Center, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI*

2001
Salzburg College Open House, Group Show - Salzburg College, Salzburg, Austria

2000
Student Art Exhibition - Dalton Center, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI*

* denotes juried exhibitions ** denotes invitational exhibitions

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

August 2007 - May 2008

Instructor of Record, Drawing I, University of Kansas, Fine Arts Department
Responsibilities: Drawing teacher in charge of student instruction, lesson planning, grading, etc.

January 2007 - May 2007

Instructor of Record, Drawing II, University of Kansas, Fine Arts Department
Responsibilities: Drawing teacher in charge of student instruction, lesson planning, grading, etc.

August 2006 – December 2006

Teaching Assistant at the University of Kansas, Fine Arts Department
Responsibilities: Assisting Professor Cima Katz with Drawing I including student instruction, lesson planning, and grading.

Spring 2002 - Spring 2003

Teaching Assistant at Western Michigan University, Fine Arts Department Responsibilities: Teaching assistant for Art History Department. Working on grades, exams, and class lectures with Professor Dick Keaveny and Dr. Ah-Rim Park

RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

August 2005 to present

Independent Contractor for Intrepid Control Systems, Inc.
Title: Graphic Designer
Responsibilities: Part time graphic designer in charge of creating exhibitions displays, brochures, documentation, icons, logos, etc.

January 2008

Guest speaker in Textiles department at the University of Kansas. Talk entitled “Developing Content: Progression of Work”.

November 2007

Guest speaker at Emporia State University Art Forum, Emporia, KS

Guest speaker at Washburn University, Topeka, KS

October 2007

Guest speaker in Professional Activities Seminar at the University of Kansas at the request of Professor Carol Ann Carter. Talk entitled “ Being a Grad Student”

January 2007

Guest speaker in Kim Eichler's Fiber Forms class at the University of Kansas. Talk entitled “Mixed Media Sculpture” with a focus on 3D textile forms.

September 2006

Guest speaker in Professional Activities Seminar at the University of Kansas at the request of Professor Carol Ann Carter. Talk entitled “ Being a Grad Student”

Spring 1999 - August 2005

Intrepid Control Systems, Inc.
Title: Sales Support Associate
Responsibilities: Graphic designer in charge of product design and packaging, advertising, icons, logos, animations, and web design. Software trainer in charge of organizing training events, creating and teaching software training courses with lectures and labs. Also responsible for customer support, writing sales quotes, organizing business trips, meeting with customers, making sales presentations, and preparing product documentation.