Betsey Garand is a native of New Hampshire, where she grew up on a small, self-sufficient family farm. Betsey is included in numerous public collections including the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Arkansas Arts Center; the Art Museum of Estonia; Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku, Japan; and the Sado Woodcut Print Village Museum, Sado Island, Japan. She has been on the faculty of the Visual Arts Program at Princeton University and Chautauqua School of Art; as well as a visiting artist at Parsons School of Design, American University in Corciano, Italy, the University of Vermont and Hampshire College. She is presently Resident Artist at Amherst College as head of printmaking in the Department of Art and the History of Art. Her awards and honors include a Pollock- Krasner Foundation Grant and fellowships at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and the MacDowell Colony.
“The seed to my work was planted in Hancock, New Hampshire. Growing up surrounded by nature, I made countless hours of observances of natural forms and spectacles from static frogs’ eggs suspended in gelled encasements, plump spider bellies in dew laden webs, a maple leaf, a fern, the pattern of birch bark. This infinite variety of form, color and change inherent in nature has continued to significantly impact my prints and drawings.”