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Beth Krensky is a professor of art education and the Area Head of Art Teaching at the University of Utah. She is an artist, activist and educator. She received her formal art training from the Boston Museum School. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and internationally. She is a founding member of the international artist collective, the Artnauts. Her work is intended to provoke reflection about what is happening in our world as well as to create a vision of what is possible.

She is also a scholar in the area of youth-created art and social change. She received a master’s degree with a focus on critical pedagogy and art education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She co-founded and spent a decade as Artistic Director for the award-winning youth arts/service/action organization, Project YES (Youth Envisioning Social change). Her co-authored book, Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art: A Guide to Designing and Implementing Community-Based Art Education, was published by AltaMira Press in 2009.


Tashlich3“I am a gatherer of things—objects, words, spirit—and a connector of fragments, to make us whole.


My work responds to the natural or built environment while providing a refuge. My pieces both reference and are relics from real or imagined rituals. I create objects and performative gestures as a contemplative act. Much of the work is intended to be portable and cross boundaries as a metaphor for movement within and across the multiple layers of shared or contested existence over time.


My practice is rooted in a socio-historical memory of place. I use art as a tool for highlighting and creating human experiences that are both shared and unique. I see the relationship between artists and the public sphere as inextricably linked. The arts offer the possibility of transformation on both an individual and societal level by opening up a free space where anything is possible. It is this free space that allows people to name themselves, envision a different reality, and engage in the re-making of their world.”





2002 Ph.D. Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice, The University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado


1991 Ed.M. Multicultural Arts Education and Critical Pedagogy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts


1988 B.F.A. Sculpture, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts





2016- present Professor, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah




Dispatch from Solitude #1: Walking the Unknown Path, Solo Performance, Social Distancing & Art Virtual Series, Ogden Contemporary Arts, Ogden, Utah, June 5


Portable Sanctuaries
, CCA Christensen Gallery, Granary Art Center, Ephraim, Utah, February-April


On Sin and Redemption: On Line Exhibition
(with Andi Arnovitz), Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, August http://shma.com/2013/08/online-exhibition-on-sin-and-redemption/


Beth Krensky: Portable Sanctuaries, Salt Lake Arts Council Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, May-June


Beth Krensky: Portable Sanctuary #3, 3///3: Three Walls on Wednesdays, Athens, Greece, March
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Motherhood and Revolution
(with Sama Alshaibi), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California


We Make the Road by Walking (with Sama Alshaibi) ,La Galería De La Misión De Senecú, Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas


We Make the Road by Walking
(with Sama Alshaibi), Dinnerware Artspace, Tucson, Arizona


We Make the Road by Walking (with Sama Alshaibi), Mizel Museum, Denver, Colorado





The Walls Between Us, Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, August-October


Loss, Virtual Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, September


Person and the Otherness of Nature, International Virtual Exhibition, Pragmata Collective, London, July-August


The Space Between Us, Site Specific Virtual Exhibition, Salt Lake City, Utah, https://sitessetforknowledge.org/2020/05/26/the-space-between-us-exhibition-in-salt-lake-city/, June-October


My Country: Dreams and/or Reality

Brodac Gallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, The Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia, February


Globalocation II

Morris Graves Museum, Eureka, California, April

University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, North Carolina, February



Artificum Gallery, Villaviciencio, Colombia, January-February

Guayupe Gallery, Villavicencio, Colombia, March-April

National University of Colombia, Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia, June

House of Culture, Arauca, Colombia, August


Connections, Universidad de Los Llanos, Biblioteca Jorge Boshell Manrique, Villavicencio, Meta Colombia, November – December


Turning Points, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Pen, Cambodia, November



Makerere University Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda, September-October


Global Livingston Institute, Entusi, Uganda, June-August


Bodies in Motion, Millepiani, Rome, Italy, https://www.loosenart.com/pages/news-bodies-in-movement-exhibition, February



Universidad de Los Llanos in Villaviciencio, Colombia, November

Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February


Genesis, Dab Art, Online Exhibition, www.dabart.me, January-March


Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, January-March





Wounds, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine, November


Site Lines: Recent Work by U of U Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah, September-January 2019


Connections, European House, Zagreb, Croatia, September


Hegira & Other Passages, Gradska Galerija, Bihac, Bosnia, September


Alfred Lambourne Prize Exhibition (Winner:


Movement), Sorensen Unity Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, September


Liminal Space, DMZ Museum, Gangwon-do, South Korea, June-December


Roots and Branches, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, June-November


Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth (Curator: Ori Z. Soltes), Derfner Judaica Museum, Bronx, NY, January-March


American Art in The New Millenium

El Barrio La Madrid, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombias

Bilblioteca Del Municipio de Taraira, Vaupes Colombia Comunidad Indigena Cubeo

Salón Departmental de Arte Visuakes del Meta Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia

Salón, Universidad de Los Llanos Departmental de Arte, Villavicencio, Colombia

Salón Departmental de Arte, Acacias, Meta, Colombia

Galería Artificio, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia




Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth (Curator: Ori Z. Soltes), Hamachtarot Museum, 3rd Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel, October-November


Sacred Spaces: Archetypes and Symbols, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, October-January 2018


Far from the Front Lines (Curator: Dorit Jordan Dotan), Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois, September

Contemporary Landscape, CICA Museum (Curator: Leejin Kim), Gimpo, South Korea, June-July


Science Inspires Art: Biodiversity/Extinction, Silva Gallery, The Pennington School, Pennington, New Jersey, March-April


Meta Journey

The Historical Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February<>/p>

Gradska Galerija Bihać, Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February


Collect: Recent Acquisitions from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection & Salt Lake County Art Collection, Alice Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT, January-March


Souvenir: A travelling exhibit of work by members of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, in collaboration with Marnie Powers-Torrey

Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, Jan.-March

Denver Public Library, Denver, CO, April-June

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, July-Sept.



Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, March-June

Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan.-March

Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Broward College, Davie, Florida. November- January, 2018




Globalocation, RedLine, Denver, Colorado, November-December


Rally ‘Round the Flag of Justice (Curator: Linda Weintraub), RedLine, Denver, Colorado, November-December

Souvenir, in collaboration with Marnie Powers-Torrey, Phoenix Public Library, Oct.-Dec


Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, California, September-December



Greatmore Studios, Capetown, South Africa, July

Harare Academy of Inspiration, Khayelitsha, Capetown, South Africa, July


On the Edge of Your Seat: Chairs for the 21st Century, The Center for Art in Wood (Jurors: Nora Atkinson, Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Jasper Brinton, Principal, Brinton Design; Benjamin Colman, Associate Curator of American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts; Susie J. Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, Corning Museum of Glass), Philadelphia, PA May-July


The Painted Veil (Curator: Jorge Rojas), Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, May-July


         Art & Resistance, Exhibition Gallery, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine, May


Soul Drift: Visualizations of a Cultural Phenomenon, Winter Festival Sarajevo, Museum of Natural History Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovena, February


Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Winter Festival Sarajevo, Museum of Natural History Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovena, February


Visualizing Peace

Evento Cultural Proyecto Comunidad, Barrio Macatoa, Granada, Colombia, November

Evento Cultural Proyecto Comunidad, Barrio Sabana, Granada, Colombia, November

Colegio Artistico Normal Superior, Acacias, Colombia, October

Evento Cultural Proyecto Comunidad, Barrio la Madrid, Villaviciencio, Colombia

Biblioteca Sede Barcelona, Universidad de los Llanos, Villaviciencio, Colombia

Winter Festival Sarajevo, Museum of Natural History Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovena, February




Biodiversity/Extinction (Curators: Elizabeth Corr, Natural Resources Defense Council; Dr. Paula J. Ehrlich, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation), New York Hall of Science, New York City, New York, October-February 2016


Visualizing Peace, Galleriji Alu, Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo, Bosnia, November


Diaspora of Being, International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Palestine, August


Re: Visioning the West, University Art Gallery Banner Project, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, May-August


Collective Experience, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, March-April


Identity, Place and Memory (Arte Norteamericano: Identidad, Lugar y Memoria)

Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogota, Colombia, March

15 locations in the Colombian Amazon Region, http://www.identidadencirculacion.com


Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

Academy of Fine Arts, Sarjevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February

Galerija ALU, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February




2010  Mezuzot Project, McGillis School, Salt Lake City, Utah

2001   Story Quilt, Lafayette Public Library, Lafayette, Colorado

1999   Peace Park, Lafayette Gardens Mobile Home Community, Lafayette, Colorado

Peace Park Entrance, Lafayette Gardens Mobile Home Community, Lafayette, Colorado




Corriente Alterna College of Fine Arts, Lima, Peru

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, Durham, North Carolina

Escuela Nacional Preparatoria, Mexico City, Mexico

Governor’s Art Collection, Tlaxcala, Mexico

McGillis School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mizel Museum, Denver, Colorado

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas-Austin, Austin, Texas

Salt Lake County Art Collection, Salt Lake City, Utah

State of Utah Fine Art Collection, Utah

Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Ernesto Pujol with Beth Krensky), Salt Lake City, Utah

Private Collections throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East




Hoiland, A. M. (2020). “Utah Female Artists Explore the Sublime through Art”, Utah’s Explorere’s Guide: Creativity within Constraints, Utah Office of Tourism, < https://www.visitutah.com/articles/women-artists-and-the-utah-art-scene/>


Blonquist, M. (2020). “Beth Krensky: Learning to Fly”, 15 Bytes, (April 2020) http://artistsofutah.org/15Bytes/index.php/beth-krensky-learning-to-fly/


Karl, A. (2020). Top Ten Utah Works of Art From The Decade 2010-2020, January 2020, https://www.academia.edu/41698752/Top_Ten_Works_of_Utah_Art_from_the_Decade_2010-2020


Weist, E. (2019). “Kites, Handcarts Nightgowns: Beth Krensky,” Muse: The Journeys Issue, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Spring 2019, Volume 1, Issue 1, https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/muse-spring-19/


Pierce, S. and Means, S. (2019). “Meet Utah’s 15 most influential artists, chosen by more than 150 experts and fans,” Salt Lake Tribune, January 6, 2019, https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/01/06/utahs-most-influential/


James, M. (2018). Frontiering a Salted Earth, September 2018, Utah Artifacts & Art, http://utahartifactsandart.org/pt-portfolio/a-new-frontier/


Schachter, B. (2017). Between Heaven and Earth, Jewish Art Salon Blog, September 27, 2017, https://jewishartsalon.org/2017/09/27/__trashed/


Steinberg, J. (2017). “A ‘watershed’ moment for artists at the Jerusalem Biennale,” The Times of Israel, October 7, 2017, https://www.timesofisrael.com/a-watershed-moment-for-artists-at-the-jerusalem-biennale/


Hilborn, M. and Rutigliano, D. (2016). Landescape meets Beth Krensky, Landescape Art Review: Anniversary Edition, 8th Edition, December 2016, Pp. 4-25, https://issuu.com/landescapeartpress/docs/landescape_art_review_-_special_iss/4


Hurtado, L. (2016). “Exhibition Review: Among the Shadows” Jorge Rojas’ Painted Veil at Rio Gallery,” 15 Bytes, (June 2016) http://artistsofutah.org/15bytes/16june/page4.html



Baker, B. (2016). “Not your dad’s La-Z-Boy: Center for Art in Wood sets the bar for 21st century chairs in new exhibit,” Philly Voice, May 10, 2016, http://www.phillyvoice.com/new-exhibit-center-art-wood-elevates-standard-21st-century-chairs/


Poore, A. (2016). “Painted Sky: Book on artists from the Rocky Mountain West gives 14 Utahns lots of ink,”15 Bytes, (February 2016) http://artistsofutah.org/15bytes/16feb/page2.html


Cameron, M. (2016). Social Justice Reception, Marie Cameron Studio Blog, September 20, 2016, http://mariecameronstudio.com/tag/beth-krensky/


Platt, S. (2016). The Artnauts: A Global Collective of Artists for Peace, Art and Politics Now Blog, December 2016, http://www.artandpoliticsnow.com/2016/12/the-artnauts-a-global-collective-of-artists-for-peace/


Buntaine, J. (2015). “City Sights: Finding the science-art in New York area art exhibitions,” SciArt in America Magazine, November 11, 2015, http://www.sciartinamerica.com/blog/city-sights-salomon-contemporary-ronald-feldman-fine-arts-new-york-hall-of-science


“Featured Artist,” Studio Visit Magazine (Spring 2015), Volume 30.


Premack, E. (2012), “Beth Krensky: Art, Animals and Artnauts,” Chutzpah Magazine, (Fall) http://www.pageturnpro.com/Black-Dog-Media/43683-Chutzpah-Fall-2012/index.html#22


Bartlett, J. (2012), “A Modern Twist on the Evil Eye and Nazars,” Queens Chronicle, (May 3, 2012) http://www.qchron.com/qboro/stories/a-modern-twist-on-the-evil-eye-and-nazars/article_a37acde3-68d2-5538-9304-6bf26db882ea.html#.T6lHHcWlnsM.email


Pavlaki, D. (2012). “Tearing Down the Walls,” Athens News, (January 8, 2012), http://www.athensnews.gr/issue/13477/52100#