Research Summary

I combine multiple interests to realize a hybrid focus of being an artist, scholar and visual arts educator. My scholarship and creative research both address the same issue—the role the visual arts play in exploring and amplifying pressing issues for individuals and communities. My scholarly work attempts to illuminate the process of using the arts to envision and transform, while my creative research culminates with a product that attempts to embody these traits.


  • B.F.A. , Sculpture, School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University
  • Ed.M. , Multicultural Arts Education and Critical Pedagogy, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Ph.D., Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice, The University of Colorado, Boulder. Project: An Act of Hope: Developing Social Responsibility through Issue-Oriented Community-Based Art Education










Beth Krensky is a professor of art education 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.  Her book, Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art: A Guide to Designing and Implementing Community-Based Art Education, was published by Rowman and Littlefield. Her current research focuses on youth-created activist art.