Bethanne Andersen was born in Ogden Utah. At a very young age decided to go into art and loved the pictures in children’s books. She studied art at Brigham Young University, School of Visual Arts and Florence Academy of Art. She has earned a BFA and MFA. She is a professor of Illustration at Brigham Young University. She is inspired by art, travel, landscapes and her family (she loves to mention them) Steven, Tye, Chase and Kaeli.

Published works:
2009 – Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott, by Yona Zeldis McDonough, Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Henry Holt Books – 45 illustrations

2007 – Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy, by Pegi Dietz Shea, Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Henry Holt Books- 34 illustrations

2006 – Georgia’s Bones, by Jen Bryant, Illustrated by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Eerdmans Books- 34 illustrations

2004 – Packet of Seeds, by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Green Willow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins)- 34 illustrations

2002 – Ten Kings and the World They Ruled, by Milton Meltzer, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Orchard Books- 40 Illustrations

2000 – Waiting for Deliverance, by Betsey Urban, Jacket Illustration by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Orchard Books- 3 Illustrations

2000 – Bluebird Summer, by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Green Willow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) – 36 Illustrations

1999 – Kindle Me a Riddle: A Pioneer Story, by Roberta Kraim, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Green Willow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) – 42 Illustrations

1998 – Ten Queens: Women of Power, by Milton Melzer, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Dutton Children’s Books (an imprint of Penguin Publishing) – 90 Illustrations

1998 – Designed and Illustrated: “What Visions I Have Seen,” Idaho Shakespeare Festival Poster

1998 – Designed and Illustrated: “Ski Hill in the Early Morning Light,” First Security Bank Winter Games

1997 – Seven Brave Women, by Betsey Hearne, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Published by Green Willow Books (an imprint of Harper Collins) 40 Illustrations

Articles Published:
2004 – “Diamonds in the Rough,” by Bethanne Andersen and Robert Barrett, Published in Artist Magazine; reprinted in Drawing Magazine

National Awards:
2011-2012 – Blue Bonnet National Award; Texas Library Association – Announced Fall 2010

2009 – Original Show, 1st Tier; Society of Illustrators; New York City, NY

2008 – Amelia Bloomer Project 2008 for Non-fiction, for Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy, by Pegi Dietz Shea, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen.

2006 – Southwest Books of the Year, Given by Southwest Library Association, for Georgia’s Bones, by Jen Bryant, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen

2006 – Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Given by the CBC and National Council for Social Studies, for Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy, by Pegi Dietz Shea, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen.  The book will be displayed at the 2008 NCSS annual convention in Houston, November 2008.

2004 – Communication Arts Magazine, Illustration Annual, 1st Tier (out of 6,700 entries, one of 23 selected under books)

2002 – Golden Kite Honor, Given by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, For Blue Bird Summer, by Deborah Hopkinson, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Los Angeles, California

1998 – Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Given by the New England Library Association with Horn Book, For Seven Brave Women, by Betsey Hearne, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, Providence, Rhode Island

1998 – Jane Adams Children’s Book Award, Given by The Women’s International League of Peace at the United Nations, For Seven Brave Women, by Betsey Hearne, Illustrations by Bethanne Andersen, New York, New York

1996 – Best of Contemporary Theater Poster Design of the Decade “1986-1996,” Given by American Theater Magazine, For “I am the Merry Wander of the Night,” Idaho Shakespeare Festival Poster