Beth Kathleen Hetland
BFA, 2009, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA, 2011, The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT. Exhibitions: Brain Frame #4, #6, and Lit #2, Chicago; Take Away, Chicago; Inky Solomon Gallery, White River Junction; Nisus Gallery, Portland. Publications: Half Asleep (self-published); Drawing Comics Lab (contributor); Cycles (self-published); Fugue (self-published); Backyard Biology (illustrator); Irene #2 (contributor). Bibliography: High-Low Comics; Sixty Inches from Center; Schulz Blog. Collections: The Schulz Library; Joan Flasch Artists' Books Collection; Dartmouth Library; University of Chicago Library; Library of Congress. Awards: Part-Time Faculty of the Year 2014–15; Stumptown Best Small Press; Nerdlinger Most Thrilling Treasure Hunt Style Crowd Scenes.
Experience at SAIC
I attended SAIC as an undergraduate student from 2004 until 2009 during a really exciting time for the growth of comics courses. Only a few classes were offered and they changed my life completely. I left for two years to pursue my MFA at The Center for Cartoon Studies in the middle of Vermont. Having been involved in such a rich and supportive community while at SAIC, I was excited to accept an opportunity to return and teach some of the classes I loved while I was a student. Coming back to be a part of the continued evolution of comics at SAIC has been nothing short of a pleasure.
Much of what I believe in as an educator has to do with relentless practice. Progressing in your work comes by putting in the time and seeing projects to completion rather than numerous starts and restarts. I hope that my students leave my classroom feeling more confident about narratives and their voices as storytellers.
Charles Burns, Brecht Evans, Anders Nilsen, Eleanor Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, J.K. Rowling—basically most Y.A. novels, arty or well-told movies, and cartoonists of all walks of life. As well as a little mix of origami, paper craft, and book binding.
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