Zekiel Betzer

As a drawing instructor, Dirk Betzer's primary goal is to teach students how to see and how to translate. He believes the foundation of all visual mediums is perception, and practicing different ways of seeing and constructing leads to greater understanding of all 3D space, an important skill for designers. In drawing, the 2D image becomes a language, allowing the student to communicate difficult material concepts to peers in real time. 

My primary method of teaching is through ongoing critique. My students draw objects from life, and my role is to demonstrate better methods of communicating as they draw, through the lens of that week’s module.

Zekiel Betzer


  • Graduate Assistant for Utah State University, teaching Drawing I, 2021-23.
  • Woodshop Technician/Foreman, Utah State University, 2020-21.
  • Theater Carpenter, Utah State University, 2019-20.
  • Stagehand, Cache Valley Center for the Arts, 2017-19.
  • Over-Hire Carpenter, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017-19.
  • Art Educator and Woodshop Assistant, Van Go Inc., 2016-17.
  • Painting Teacher, Lawrence Arts Center, 2016. 

Career Highlights

  • "Apotheosis" Exhibition, Utah State University, 2023.
  • "Cohorts: Alone Together" Exhibition, Utah State University, 2023. 
  • "Personal Mythology" Exhibition, Henry's, 2017. 


M.F.A. PaintingUtah State University

B.F.AUniversity of Kansas