Research Statement

As an academic, I'm known largely for my scholarly works, writings, and also for my work in the field -- specifically, going into diverse communities and working with children, making art, promoting dialogue and healing. What's fueling my classroom, conference, and social actions, however, is a very personal and highly material-based studio practice: one in which I internalize the outside forces and inner beliefs that guide me, and transform them into objects. Professors are also practitioners; artists are also activists. I make art because I am compelled to: a reason that I've always felt was the best motivation for creating new forms. Change—affecting it personally, and socially—is very important to me. Often, I look to ancient sources as my guide for this, in part because they hearken from a time more comfortable with notions of Transformation. I've gone to Bethlehem to glean wood from holy sites and used it to create staffs; I've compounded anointing oil based on the exact components (cassia, myrrh, cinnamon) as laid down in the book of Exodus, and offered it up in hand-blown glass dispensers to exhibition visitors—allowing them to anoint themselves as they see fit. I've made reliquaries of bronze (a material thought to have powerful "memorializing" qualities), and copper (for its "conduit"-like properties between the spirit and material worlds). Modern inventions like the sewing machine, and familiar office-tools like rolling casters, make their way into my sculptures as well. But at their root, these are forms that embody the sort of ineffable sense of 'shift' and internal re-orientation that I seek. Many of the pieces are small enough to carry on one’s person, and its only in close view that you'll truly get as sense of their presence: the rust on the metal tip of a staff; the hollow crab shells inside a hand-shaped reliquary; the touch of oil-rubbed wood. The tactile is a Formal response to the notion of the personal; materials are latent with message. Hence, I've spent a lot of time researching just what it is they might be trying to tell us; I've learned about early Jewish practices previously kept secret, of mysticism and magic—to the point where my studio practice can almost seem to border on the anthropological. That's an admixture with which I feel comfortable. I many ways I'm a visual archeologist, unearthing fragments of the past, digging up metaphor and parable that I then site into a personal narrative. The only way I can advocate change for Others is to begin with my own practice, put my own self and beliefs on the line. Viewers often respond with intense catharsis to these works, and I welcome that. Through the gentle power of shared emotion, darkness is exposed, and healing is brought to light.

Creative Research

  • Three pieces of my work were added to the "George Rivera Archive" as part of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas-Austin, Austin, Texas. Other, completed 12/2019.
  • (Dis)content, Universidad de Los Llanos in Villaviciencio, Colombia Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2019.
  • Turning Points, Royal University of Fine Arts, Phnom Pen, Cambodia Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2019.
  • Connections, Universidad de Los Llanos, Biblioteca Jorge Boshell Manrique, Villavicencio, Meta Colombia Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2019.
  • Invictus, Makerere University Art Gallery, Kampala, Uganda Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2019.
  • Alfred Lambourne Prize Exhibition, Sorenson Community Blackbox Theatre, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, completed 09/2019.
  • Invictus, Global Livingston Institute, Entusi, Uganda Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2019.
  • My piece "Journey" was acquired by the Springville Museum of Art. Other, completed 03/2019.
  • (Dis)content, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2019.
  • Bodies in Motion, Millepiani, Rome, Italy Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2019.
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  • Genesis, Dab Art, Online Exhibition Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2019.
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  • Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2019.
  • Wounds, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2018.
  • Connections, European House, Zagreb, Croatia Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2018.
  • Site Lines: Recent Work by U of U Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 2018-January 2019 Exhibition, completed 09/2018.
  • Alfred Lambourne Prize Exhibition (Winner: Movement), Sorensen Unity Center, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2018.
  • Hegira & Other Passages, Gradska Galerija, Bihac, Bosnia Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2018.
  • Roots and Branches, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, , June-November Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2018.
  • Liminal Space, DMZ Museum, Gangwon-do, South Korea, June-December Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2018.
  • Jerusalem Between Heaven and Earth (Curator: Ori Z. Soltes), Derfner Judaica Museum, Bronx, NY, January-March Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2018.
  • 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 Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2018.
  • Sacred Spaces: Archetypes and Symbols, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, UT, October-January 2018 Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2017.
  • 3rd Jerusalem Biennale (Curator: Ori Z. Soltes), Jerusalem, Israel, October-November Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2017.
  • Far From the Front Lines, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois, September Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2017.
  • Contemporary Landscape, CICA Museum (Curator: Leejin Kim), Gimpo, South Korea Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2017.
  • Science Inspires Art: Biodiversity/Extinction, Silva Gallery, The Pennington School, Pennington, New Jersey Exhibition, refereed, completed 03/2017.
  • Meta Journey The Historical Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February Art Gallery Bihac (UMJETNIČKA GALERIJA BIHAĆ), Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, February Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2017.
  • Globalocation 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 Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2017.
  • Co-created piece (with Marnie Powers-Torrey) in group exhibition: 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. Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2017.
  • Collect: Recent Acquisitions from the State of Utah Fine Art Collection & Salt Lake County Art Collection, Alice Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2017.
  • Rally ‘Round the Flag of Justice (Curator: Linda Weintraub), RedLine, Denver, Colorado, November-December Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2016.
  • Globalocation, RedLine, Denver, Colorado, November-December Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2016.
  • 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 Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2016.
  • Souvenir, in collaboration with Marnie Powers-Torrey Phoenix Public Library, Oct.-Dec Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2016.
  • 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 Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2016.
  • Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, St. Mary’s College Museum of Art, Moraga, California, September-December Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2016.
  • Zeitgeist Greatmore Studios, Capetown, South Africa, July Harare Academy of Inspiration, Khayelitsha, Capetown, South Africa, July Exhibition, refereed, completed 07/2016.
  • Art & Resistance, Exhibition Gallery, Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine, May Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2016.
  • The Painted Veil (Curator: Jorge Rojas), Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, May-July Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2016.
  • Soul Drift: Visualizations of a Cultural Phenomenon, Winter Festival Sarajevo, Museum of Natural History Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovena, February Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2016.
  • Solo Exhibition: Portable Sanctuaries, CCA Christensen Gallery, Granary Art Center, Ephraim, Utah, February-April Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2016.
  • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Winter Festival Sarajevo, Museum of Natural History Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia/Herzegovena, February Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2016.
  • Visualizing Peace, Galleriji Alu, Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo, Bosnia, November Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2015.
  • Biodiversity/Extinction, New York Hall of Science, New York City, New York, October-February 2016 Exhibition, refereed, in progress 10/2015.
  • Diaspora of Being, International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Palestine, August Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2015.
  • Identity (Identidad En Circulacion), http://www.identidadencirculacion.com Teatro La Voragine, Sala de Exposiciones, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia Universidad de Los Llanos – Sede San Antonio, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia Escuela Normal Superior de Acacias, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia Escuela Normal Superior de Acacias, Acacias, Meta, Colombia Casa de la Cultura, Hall de Exposiciones, Granada, Meta, Colombia Parque Central Rafael Reyes, Restrepo, Meta, Colombia Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Hall de Exposicions, Leticia, Colombia Fundacion AMAZARTE, Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia Alcaldia, Sala Exposiciones, Puerto Narino, Amazonas, Colombia Gobernacion del Guaviare, Sala Exposiciones – Centro Cultural, San Jose del Guaviare, Guaviare, Colombia Casa de la Cultura, Yopal, Casanare, Colombia Biblioteca Publica, Mitu, Vaupes, Colombia Casa de la Cultura, Inirida, Museo Comunitario de Guainia, Puerto Inirida, Guaninia, Colombia Casa de la Cultura, Saravena, Vichada, Colombia Biblioteca Publica, Tame, Arauca, Colombia Casa de la Cultura, sala de Exposiciones, Arauca, Arauca, Colombia Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2015.
  • Re: Visioning the West, University Art Gallery Banner Project, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, May-August Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2015.
  • Identity, Place and Memory (Arte Norteamericano: Identidad, Lugar y Memoria), Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery, Bogota, Colombia, March Exhibition, refereed, completed 03/2015.
  • Collective Experience, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, March-April Exhibition, refereed, completed 03/2015.
  • 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 Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2015.
  • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, Galerija Atelje Kunik, Center for Peacebuilding, Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzogovina Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2014.
  • Religious and Spiritual Art of Utah (Honorable Mention), Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2014.
  • Memory Remains, Galeria Aguafuerte, Mexico City, Mexico Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2014.
  • New Narratives: Recent Work by U of U Art Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, completed 10/2014.
  • Movement and Meaning: The Power of Pilgrimage (Featured Artist), B. F. Larsen Gallery, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2014.
  • Readymade@100, American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, Washington, DC Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2014.
  • Art as Catalyst, Center for Global Justice, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Exhibition, completed 08/2014.
  • Art & Poetics Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah, Palestinian Territories, August Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine, August-September Exhibition, refereed, completed 08/2014.
  • 30 Years at Finch Lane: A Retrospective, Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, completed 07/2014.
  • Windows to the Divine, ArtHaus, Denver, Colorado Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2014.
  • Identity <http://www.identidadencirculacion.com/p/george-rivera-ph.html> University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia Thirteen venues in the Colombian Amazon, including: Sala de Exposiciones de CORCUNVI / en la Casa de la Cultura, Meta Villavicencio Biblioteca Pública / Colegio Publico Agropecuario de Puerto Lopéz, Meta Puerto Lopez Biblioteca Pública / Colegio Publico Normal Superior Acacias, Meta Acacias Casa de la Cultura / Biblioteca Pública, Meta Granada Casa de la Cultura, Biblioteca Pública / Sena, Vaupes Mitú Universidad Nacional de Colombia / Area Cultural Banco de la Republica, Amazonas Leticia Sala de Exposiciones de la Gobernación, San José del Guaviare Alcadía o Biblioteca pública municipal, Arauca Colegio Público, Arauca Tame Casa de la Cultura / Biblioteca Pública, Arauca Saravena Asociacion plenilunio, Casa de la Cultura, Biblioteca, Casanare Yopal Museo Comunitario / Casa de la Cultura, Guainia Puerto Inirida Exhibition, refereed, completed 02/2014.
  • Only Light, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, completed 01/2014.
  • Sin and Salvation on-line exhibition, Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, August, 2013, <shma.com> Exhibition, refereed, completed 08/2013.
  • Home/Land, Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem, Palestine Exhibition, refereed, completed 08/2013.
  • A Better World, Eighth International Conference on the Arts in Society, Eotvos Lorand University, Golyavar Conference Center, Budapest, Hungary Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2013.
  • Portas Abertas/Open Doors, (Curator: Claudia Giannetti), Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2013.
  • A Better Society (Public Billboard at Metro Stops), Budapest, Hungary ELTE University: V. district , University square 1-3. Citylight:V. district Deák square 9 bus endstation V. district Széchenyi square 2 tram station V. district Deák square, 47-49 tram endstation V. district, Astoria , 9 bus station V.district Jászai Mari square, 4-6 tram station V. district, Fővám square, 47-49 tram station Other, refereed, completed 06/2013.
  • Place/Lugar This exhibition, which was sponsored by the Colombian Ministry of Culture, will travel to the following venues in Colombian Amazon (along the border with Venezuela and Brazil): Biblioteca Publica Muncipal, Taraira, Departamento de Vaupes, Colombia April 24-30 Museo comunitario del Guaini, Puerto Inirida, Departamento de Guainia, Colombia, June 15-30 Casa de la Cultura, Mitu, Departamento de Vaupes, Colombia, August 30 - September Biblioteca Publica Muncipal, Arauca, Departamento de Arauca, Colombia October 15 - October 30 Biblioteca Publica Muncipal, Vichada, Departamento de Santa Rosalia, Colombia November 18 – November 29 Exhibition, refereed, completed 04/2013.
  • Diptych America: Private Spaces/Public Places, Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, China Exhibition, refereed, completed 04/2013.
  • The Herb & Dorothy Show, Nox Contemporary, Salt Lake City, Utah, November-December Exhibition, refereed, completed 11/2012.
  • Mixta, Universidad de los Llanos, Villavicencio, Colombia Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2012.
  • Memory Remains, Museo de la Autonomia Universitaria, Mexico City, Mexico, October-November Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2012.
  • Death Is…, Public Projection KGNU Radio Station Façade, Denver, Colorado, November Museo de la Autonomia Universitaria, Patio Principal Centro Historico, Mexico City, October-November Other, refereed, completed 10/2012.
  • Metaphysical Handcart, Solo Performance, Bonneville Salt Flats, Tooele County, Utah Performance, completed 09/2012.
  • Portable Sanctuary #1, Solo Performance, Tooele, Utah Performance, completed 09/2012.
  • Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes: Artists Looking Forward, Queens College Art Center, Flushing, NY, May-June Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2012.
  • Mixed Messages This exhibition, which was sponsored by the Colombian Ministry of Culture, traveled to the following 15 towns in Colombia that are located along the Amazon River. In each town and state, the exhibition was taken to other locations of tribal groups along tributaries of the Amazon River located near the towns. These other places do not have names. The art was exhibited in the tribal communal house, which is considered a sacred place to conduct tribal affairs. Universidad de los Llanos, Villavicendo, Colombia Universidad de los Llanos, San Martin, Meta, Colombia Universidad de los Llanos, Cabuyaro, Meta, Colombia Parque principal, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia Corcunvi, Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia Parque principal, Granada, Meta, Colombia Parque Concha Acusstica, San Martin de los Llanos, Meta, Colombia Parque principal, Acacias, Meta, Colombia Parque principal, Cabuyaro, Meta, Colombia Parque principal, Barranca de Upia, Meta, Colombia Parque principal, San Jose del Guaviare, Guaviare, Colombia Parque principal, Aguazul, Casanare, Colombia Parque principal, Tame, Arauca, Colombia Taller de Arte, Saravena, Arauca, Colombia Piazoleta Alcaldia, Arauca, Arauca, Colombia Exhibition, refereed, in progress 03/2012.
  • Art and Displacement, Art Gallery, Higher Education and Research Building, Mureir Mountain, Bethlehem, Palestine Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2012.
  • The Ecological Imperative, Museo Contemporáneo, Valdivia, Chile, catalogue essay by Suzi Gablik, January-March <http://noticias.uach.cl/principal.php?pag=noticia-externo&cod=42053> Exhibition, refereed, completed 01/2012.
  • The Faculty Show: Recent Work by the U of U Art Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, January-May Exhibition, completed 01/2012.
  • Memory Remains, Casa de las Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2011.
  • Reaction and Healing: The Tenth Anniversary of 9-11, Pennsylvania State University-Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, Pennsylvania Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2011.
  • Horror, Terror & Death The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe, Richmond, Virginia, September Galería Antonio Ramírez, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Xochimilco, Mexico City Casa de la Cultura Oaxaqueña, Oaxaca, Mexico Academia de San Carlos, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2011.
  • Mixta La Casa de la Cultura de la Gobernacion, Inirida, Colombia Fondo Mixto de Guainia, Departmento de Guaninia, Region Amazonica, Guainia, Colombia (16 Indigenous villages along the Rio Guainia) Exhibition, refereed, completed 07/2011.
  • Ernesto Pujol-Walking Ground, Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawaii, May-August Exhibition, completed 05/2011.
  • SOLO EXHIBITION Beth Krensky: Portable Sanctuaries, Salt Lake Arts Council Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, May Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2011.
  • SOLO EXHIBITION Beth Krensky: Portable Sanctuaries, Salt Lake Arts Council Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah, May Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2011.
  • AZAG/GAZA: Mirroring War, Al Kahf Gallery, Bethlehem, Palestine Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2011.
  • 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, Mizel Museum, Denver, Colorado, permanent exhibition Exhibition, refereed, in progress 03/2011.
  • ART & DIS(PLACE)MENT Al Kahf Gallery, International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Palestine Dar al-Kalima College, Bethlehem, Palestine Exhibition, refereed, completed 03/2011.
  • SOLO EXHIBITION/PERFORMANCE Beth Krensky: Portable Sanctuary #3, 3///3: Three Walls on Wednesdays, Athens, Greece, March <http://www.3wow.org/index.html>, <http://www.3wow.org/photos-beth.html>, <http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.198603663506164.51102.133244540042077> Exhibition, refereed, completed 03/2011.
  • Mixed Messages Galeria De Artes/CAUA, Universidade Federal Do Amazonas, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia Casa de la Cultura de la Gobernacion, Departamento de Guania, Región Amazonica, Inírida, Guainía Biblioteca del Banco de la Republica, Leticia, Colombia Exhibition, completed 01/2011.
  • Death/La Muerte: Art from the United States Galeria ESCOOL, Colonia Roma Norte, Mexico Don Apolonio Presenta, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico Exhibition, refereed, completed 10/2010.
  • Signs, Signifiers and the Signified Alcaldía de Funza, Central Cultural de Funza, Cundinamarca, Colombia Universidad de Estudios Adminitrativos y de Negocios, Bogota, Colombia Universidad Nacional de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia Centro Cultural de Santa Teresita, Bogota, Colombia University de Llanos, Villavicencio, Colombia Universidad de Meta, Villavicencio, Colombia Camara de Comercio, Villavicencio, Colombia Exhibition, refereed, completed 09/2010.
  • Water & the Environment Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala LART23TRES Contemporary Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico SP(L)ACES Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico Don Apolinio, San Adrés Cholula, Mexico Exhibition, completed 09/2010.
  • Art, Ecology & the Environment Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Amazonia, Leticia, Colombia Departamento de Cundinamarca, Bogotá, Colombia Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia Centro Cultural Santa Teresita, Bogota, Colombia Escuela de Artes Academia Guerrero, Bogota, Colombia Departamento del Meta, Ciudad Villavicencio, Lugar Universidad del Llano y Corporación Universitaría del Meta Departamento del Guaviare, Gobernación del Departamento y Espacios nocturnos, San Jose, Colombia Departamento del Valle, Comunidad Indigena Nasa Yuwe, Grupo Etnico Tradicional Exhibition, refereed, completed 06/2010.
  • Horror, Terror & Death Galeria Tinoco y Palacios, Oaxaca, Mexico Goguette Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico Exhibition, refereed, completed 05/2010.
  • Proof of Purchase, Sams∅n, Boston, Massachusetts Exhibition, refereed, completed 03/2010.
  • Climate Change & the Environment: Art of Portrait and Text Museo de la Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala Garden Gallery, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Exhibition, completed 02/2010.
  • Windows to the Divine, The Madden Museum, Denver, Colorado Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Climate Change & the Environment: Art of Portrait and Text Sala de Escuela Superior de Arte el Paranimfo, University of San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala Directions Gallery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado Museum of Natural History, Boulder, Colorado Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Post Tractatus: Art in Amazonia Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá, Bogotá, Colombia Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Mixta Sala Iquitos, Universidad Nacional del Perú Estado Loreto, Iquitos, Peru Sala de Exposiciones Amazonas, Universidad del Estado del Amazonas UEA, Tabatinga, Brazil Sala de Exposiciones Orellana, Biblioteca del Banco de la Republica, Leticia, Colombia Sala Jania-Iko (Casa de Imágenes en Uitoto), Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Amazonia, Leticia, Colombia Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Words for Life, Muriel Sibell Woole Gallery, Boulder, Colorado Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Death: Art from the United States, Galeria Tinoco y Palacios, Oaxaca, Mexico Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Ecology & the Environment Sala de Escuela Superior de Arte el Paranimfo, University of San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala University of Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Motherhood and Revolution (with Sama Alshaibi), California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California Exhibition, completed 2009.
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  • We Make the Road by Walking (with Sama Alshaibi), La Galería De La Misión De Senecú, Ysleta Independent School District, El Paso, Texas Exhibition, completed 2009.
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  • Parallel Worlds, ScalaMata Gallery, Venice, Italy Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Polifacetica: Etnografia Grafica Encuentro de Fotografía de Medellín, Medellin, Colombia Sala 2, Galeria Tinoco y Palacios, Oaxaca, Mexico French Building Alianza Francesa, Socrates 156 Esquina Homero, Colonia Los Morales, Polanco, Mexico Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Art Now, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Azag/Gaza: Mirroring War Casa Borda, Taxco, Mexico Galeria Zapata, Oaxaca, Mexico Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Signs of Globalization Salón de Exposiciones de la Facultad de Arquitectura, University of San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala Sala de Escuela Superior de Arte el Paranimfo, University of San Carlos, Guatemala City, Guatemala Exhibition, completed 2009.
  • Contra La Guerra, Salas 1,2,3 and Roberto Garibay Gallery, Academia de San Carlos, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Universida Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico Group exhibition Exhibition, completed 2008.
  • Art & Social Change: Land, Culture & Memory, Al-Kahf Gallery, International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Palestine Group exhibition Exhibition, completed 2008.
  • Reflection, 814 Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah Group Exhibition Exhibition, completed 2008.
  • Post Tractatus: Art in Amazonia Sala de Exposiciones Amazonas, Universidad del Estado del Amazonas UEA, Tabatinga, Brasil Sala de Exposiciones Orellana, Biblioteca del Banco de la Republica, Leticia Colombia Sala Janai-IKO (Casa de Imágenes en Uitoto), Universidad Nacional de Columbia Sede Amazonia, Leticia, Colombia Sala Iquitos, Universidad Nacional del Peru, Loreto, Peru Traveling group exhibition Exhibition, completed 2008.
  • From ABC to XYZ Blackbridge Gallery, Beijing, China XYZ Gallery, 798 Art District, Beijing, China (July 26 -August 16: Olympics) Group exhibition during the Olympics Exhibition, completed 2008.
  • We Make the Road by Walking (with Sama Alshaibi), Dinnerware Artspace, Tucson, Arizona 2-person exhibition Exhibition, completed 2008.

Presentations

  • Panel Organizer, Environmental and Health Literacy/Communication Panel, The Air We Breathe One U Symposium, University of Utah. Other, Presented, 10/2019.
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Beth Krensky, Department of Art and Visual Communications Lecture Series, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah, September. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2019.
  • Organizer and Presenter, Transfer Pathways Summit, University of Utah Office of Undergraduate Studies and Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah I organized this summit with multiple presenters and over 200 attendees from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. The summit focused on transfer initiatives between the two institutions. Other, Presented, 08/2019.
  • Gallery Talk, Site Lines, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 11/2018.
  • Gallery Talk, Site Lines, College of Fine Arts Dean’s Tour, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 10/2018.
  • Artist Talk, Globalocation, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, Texas. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2017.
  • Panel Presenter, Youth, Art and Social Justice Panel (panelists include: Linda Weintraub, Susan Platt, Kirk Ambrose and Beth Krensky), RedLine, Denver, Colorado, November . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/2016.
  • Invited Speaker, Art and Social Practice, Art 2500, Department of Art and Art History, University of Utah . Presentation, Presented, 10/2016.
  • Panel Presenter, Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All, St. Mary’s College Museum or Art, Moraga, California, September . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2016.
  • Lecture, Different Paths in Art Education, Art Teaching Senior Seminar, Department of Art and Art History, University of Utah . Presentation, Presented, 09/2016.
  • Organizer and Presenter, Art as Imagination: Making Art and Re-Making Ourselves, UMFA ACME (Art. Community. Museum. Education) Event, Glendale Public Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, September . Presentation, Presented, 09/2016.
  • Gallery Talk, On the Edge of Your Seat: Chairs for the 21st Century, Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2016.
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Beth Krensky, Snow College, Ephraim, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2015.
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Beth Krensky, Department of Art and Visual Communications Lecture Series, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, Art and Leadership, Women’s Leadership Summit, University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2015.
  • Presenter, Expressions of Art and Belief: An Interfaith Evening with Artists, Scholars, and Faith Leaders, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 12/2014.
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Beth Krensky, BYU Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2014.
  • Presenter, Research-in-Progress Roundtable: Artnauts International Art Collective: A Decade in Palestine, 9th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Rome, Italy. Presentation, Presented, 07/2014.
  • Presenter, Art as Action, National Art Education Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California. Presentation, Presented, 03/2014.
  • Presenter, Research-in-Progress: Artnauts International Art Collective: A Decade in Palestine, 9th International Conference on the Arts in Society, Rome, Italy, June 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 12/2013.
  • Panel Presenter, Art and Religion, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 12/2013.
  • Presenter, Art as Action, National Art Education Association Annual Conference, San Diego, California, March 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/2013.
  • Panel Presenter, This is Your Brain on Art—Psychology and Art, The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah. Presentation, Presented, 04/2013.
  • Visiting Artist Lecture, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/2013.
  • Panel Presenter, The Power of the Image: Mexican Photography & Film, Then & Now, Artes de México en Utah, Salt Lake Main Library Auditorium, Salt Lake City. Presentation, Presented, 09/13/2012.
  • Gallery Talk, Amulets, Nazars & Evil Eyes: Artists Looking Forward, Queens College Art Center, Flushing, NY. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2012.
  • Gallery Talk, The Faculty Show: Recent Works by The University of Utah Art Faculty, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah. Presentation, Presented, 02/2012.
  • Presenter, Beth Krensky: Art, Social Change and the Creative Process, University of Utah General Counsel Annual Retreat, Sundance Resort, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/2011.
  • Keynote Lunch Address, Making Art, Building Community and Negotiating Change, Community-Engaged Faculty Institute, University of Utah and Utah Campus Compact, Alta Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 08/2010.
  • Presenter, Engaging Classrooms and Communities Through Art, Utah Art Education Association Annual Conference, St. George, Utah . Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 03/2010.
  • Presenter, Beyond Counterstance: The Arts as Dialogue Across Religious Divides, International Council of Fine Arts Deans Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/22/2009.
  • Presenter, Establishing and Sustaining Reciprocal Community Partnerships, University of Utah Engaged Faculty Institute, Alta, Utah . Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • Panelist, Models of Engagement, Arts in the One World Conference: Motherhood and Revolution, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, Beyond Counterstance, In Perfect Harmony: Cultures, Dialogue and The Heart Symposium, Tucson, Arizona. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/18/2008.
  • Poster Session Presenter, Art in the Community, Lowell Bennion Community Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/15/2008.
  • Panelist, Utah Association for Gifted Children Conference, Gifted Learners in the Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 01/12/2008.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Art works for kids! Grant, Salt Lake City, Utah, Professional Development Workshop Series and Master Classes . PI: Beth Krensky. art works for kids!, 09/01/2010 - 08/01/2011. Total project budget to date: $13,850.00
  • 2008-2009 International Artist Support Award, Venezia Contemporanea, Venice, Italy. PI: Beth Krensky. Venezia Contemporanea, 09/01/2009 - 09/29/2009. Total project budget to date: $450.00
  • Travel Grant, Parallel Worlds, ScalaMata Gallery, Dean’s Travel Fund. PI: Beth Krensky. Department of Art and Art History and College of Fine Arts, University of Utah, 09/01/2009 - 09/12/2009. Total project budget to date: $1,500.00
  • Travel Grant, Arts in the One World Conference. PI: Beth Krensky. Dean’s Travel Fund and the Dept. of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, University of Utah, 01/01/2009 - 01/25/2009. Total project budget to date: $1,000.00

Copyrights

  • Engaging Classrooms and Communities Through Art: AGuide to Designing and Implementing Community BAsed Art Education. Beth Krensky and, 2009.

Publications

  • Sh'ma Now & Susan Berrin (2019). Tashlich Image. [Website/Blog] Vol. 50, URL https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.forward.com/downloads/shma-oct2019-r1-1570052598.pdf. Published, 10/01/2019.
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.forward.com/downlo...
  • Weist, E. (2019). Kites, Handcarts Nightgowns: Beth Krensky. [Website/Blog] Vol. 1, URL https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/muse-spring-19/. Published, 03/2019.
    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. Published, 01/06/2019.
    https://www.sltrib.com/artsliving/2019/01/06/utahs...
  • Blonquist, M. & Shawn Rossiter and Laura Durham (2019). Beth Krensky: Learning to Fly, In Utah’s 15: The State’s Most Influential Artists, Volume II. (pp. 50-55). Vol. 2, 15 Bytes. Published, 01/2019.
  • Dab Art (2019). Dab Art Quarterly Art Journal: Genesis, Winter Issue. Dab Art. Published, 01/2019.
  • Soltes, O. (2018). Jerusalem between Heaven and Earth: The Third Jerusalem Biennale, October 1 – November 16, 2017. In Ars Judaica The Bar Ilan Journal of Jewish Art, Liverpool University Press, Volume 14, 2018, Pp. 119-126. Published, 02/2018.
  • George Rivera & George Rivera with Beth Krensky (2017). Globalocational Art: The Artnauts in Palestine. (pp. 118). Diyar Press. Published, 07/2017.
    https://www.amazon.com/Globalocational-Art-Palesti...
  • Krensky, B. (2016), “Letter of the Week: Educators are unified for tolerance.” Salt Lake Tribune, December 4, 2016, http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/4644961-155/letter-of-the-week-educators-are. Published, 12/04/2016.
  • Krensky, B. (2016). “Art as Possibility.” Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All Exhibition Catalogue. St. Mary’s College Museum of Art. Published, 09/2016.
  • Rooney, E. A. (2015). Painted Sky: 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West, Pennsylvania: Schiffer Publishing. There is a two page spread on my work in the book. Published, 12/2015.
  • The Diaspora of Being (2015), Essay by Linda Weintraub, Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem, Palestine. Published, 09/2015.
  • LeCompte. M., Schensul, J., Weeks, M., and Singer, M. (2015). The Ethnographer’s Toolkit: Researcher Roles & Research Partnerships, Second Edition, Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira. The book contains a case study about one of my community-based art projects. Published, 05/2015.
  • Rivera, G. (2014). "Home, Land, and Homeland As Social Values," Chapter 14 in Mitri Raheb (Editor) Palestinian Identity in relation to Time and Space (Beit Jala, Palestine: Diyar Publisher, 2014), pp. 223-232. My work is included in this chapter. Published, 08/2014.
  • Krensky, B. (2014). “Book Review: Reading the Visual: An Introduction to Teaching Multimodal Literacy, By Frank Serafini.” Teachers College Record. May 5, 2014, http://www.tcrecord.org. Published, 05/2014.
  • Handcrafted Images: Beth Krensky, Josiah Morgan, February 17, 2014. Published, 02/17/2014.
    http://www.josiahmorgan.com/blogs/handcraftedimage...
  • “Featured Artist,” Studio Visit Magazine (2014), Volume 23. Published, 01/2014.
  • Premack, E. (2012), “Beth Krensky: Art, Animals and Artnauts,” Chutzpah Magazine, (Fall Issue) http://www.pageturnpro.com/Black-Dog-Media/43683-Chutzpah-Fall-2012/index.html#22. Published, 10/2012.
  • 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. Published, 05/2012.
  • McKanic, A. (2012), “Queens College Exhibit Explores Evil Eye Mysticism,” Times Ledger, (May 19, 2012) http://www.timesledger.com/stories/2012/20/evileyeexhibit_all_2012_05_17_q.html. Published, 05/2012.
  • Karl, A. (2012), “Not With a Whimper but a Bang!: The Faculty Show at the UMFA,” 15 Bytes, (April 2012) http://artistsofutah.org/15bytes/12apr/page4.html. Published, 04/2012.
  • Pavlaki, D., “Tearing Down the Walls,” Athens News, (January 8, 2012), http://www.athensnews.gr/issue/13477/52100#. Published, 01/2012.
  • “Featured Artist,” Studio Visit Magazine (2012), Volume 17. Published, 01/2012.
  • Zrinski, T., Artists Respond to 10th Anniversary of 9/11 With Gallery Show, Upper Saucon Patch, September, 7, 2011. Published, 09/07/2011.
    http://uppersaucon.patch.com/articles/artists-resp...
  • Featured Artist, Come and Listen, September 2011,. Published, 09/2011.
    http://www.comeandlisten.com/beth-krensky/
  • Oman, M., Community-based art education gives children an edge in the classroom, Voices of Utah, April 21, 2011. Published, 04/21/2011.
    http://voicesofutah.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/commu...
  • Oman, M., The University of Utah’s hidden gem: community-based art education, Voices of Utah, March 17, 2011. Published, 03/17/2011.
    http://voicesofutah.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/the-u...
  • Oman, M., Community-based art education used as a tool by artists to build communities, change lives, Voices of Utah, March 1, 2011. Published, 03/01/2011.
    http://voicesofutah.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/commu...
  • Diyar Consortium opened two exhibitions entitled "Gaza" and "Displacement" for the American Artist George Rivera, Palestinian News Network, Bethlehem, Palestine, February 17, 2011. Published, 02/17/2011.
    http://arabic.pnn.ps/index.php?option=com_content&...
  • Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Spiral Jetty Experienced Video, February 3, 2011. Published, 02/03/2011.
    http://umfa.utah.edu/SpiralJettyExperienced
  • My work was used as a case study in: Schensul, J. (2011). Building an Applied Educational Anthropology beyond the Academy. In Levinson, B. and Pollock, M. (Eds.) (2011). A Companion to the Anthropology of Education. Wiley-Blackwell. Published, 01/2011.
  • J. Birke, “Best of 2009: The art that lingered and touched both the mind and eye,” New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut, December 29, 2009. Published, 12/29/2009.
  • Goldbard, A. Sacred Conflict, December 11, 2009, http://arlenegoldbard.com/2009/12/11/sacred-conflict. Published, 12/11/2009.
    http://arlenegoldbard.com/2009/12/11/sacred-confli...
  • J. Voloj (December 2, 2009). “Cultural Heritage Artists Project: Beth Krensky.” In 2 Life Magazine [online]. Available: http://2lifemagazine.blogspot.com/2009/12/beth-krensky-about-orchard-street-shul.html (December 10, 2009). Published, 12/10/2009.
    http://2lifemagazine.blogspot.com/2009/12/beth-kre...
  • A. Hoffman (December 4, 2009). “Memory Blocks: A Deteriorating New Haven Synagogue Inspired an Art Exhibition.” In Tablet [online]. Available: http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/21540/memory-blocks/ (December 4, 2009). Published, 12/04/2009.
    http://www.tabletmag.com/arts-and-culture/21540/me...
  • Gruber, S. USA: Exhibition by New Haven's Orchard Street Shul Cultural Heritage Artists Project, November 30, 2009, http://samgrubersjewishartmonuments.blogspot.com/2009/11/usa-exhibition-by-new-havens-orchard_30.html. Published, 11/30/2009.
    http://samgrubersjewishartmonuments.blogspot.com/2...
  • A. Leon, “Inauguraran exposicion en la galeria Tinoco y Palacios,” Diario Despertar De Oaxaca, May 1, 2009. Published, 05/01/2009.
  • C. Wadley, “Faculty art: New exhibit celebrates recent works by University of Utah artists,” Deseret News, April 18, 2009. Published, 04/18/2009.
  • Krensky, B. (2009). “Book Review: Art, Community and Environment: Educational Perspectives.” Teachers College Record. April 14, 2009, http://www.tcrecord.org. Published, 04/14/2009.
    http://www.tcrecord.org
  • Krensky, B. and Steffen, S. (2009). Engaging Classrooms and Communities through Art: A Guide to Designing and Implementing Community-Based Art Education. MD: AltaMira Press. Published, 01/18/2009.
    http://www.altamirapress.com
  • Krensky, B., Steffen, S. (2008). “Arts-Based Service Learning: A State of the Field,” Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. Published, 06/01/2008.
  • Art Matters (2008). Boston, Massachusetts: School of the Museum of Fine Arts. My art was selected for this publication. Published, 01/15/2008.
  • Catalog from Group Exhibition I was in: Reflection Gallery (2008), essay by Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, University of Utah, Gallery 814, Salt Lake City, Utah. Published, 2008.
  • Catalog of group exhibitions I was in: Art & Social Change: Land, Culture, & Memory (2008), Al-Kahf Cultural Center, The International Center of Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Palestine. Published, 2008.
  • Catalog of group exhibitions I was in: Post Tractatus: Art in Amazonia (2008), essays by Dr. George Rivera, Patrick Frank and Eugene Stewart-Huidobro, Artnauts, Boulder, Colorado. Published, 2008.
  • Catalog from Group Exhibition I was in: From ABC to XYZ (2008), XYZ Gallery, 798 Space, Beijing, China. Published, 2008.