Beth Ettensohn

Art Education

Education: B.F.A., Xavier University; M.F.A., University of Kentucky; Ed.D. (ABD), University of Kentucky

Beth joined the University of Kentucky’s faculty in the Fall of 2011 as a lecturer for the UK CORE course, “Pathways to Creativity through the Visual Arts.” Besides teaching, she serves as a member of the School of Art and Visual Studies by advising undergraduates, reviewing art education student work, managing the online student portfolio site, and guiding the Art Education Student Chapter at UK. She has also served as a Microteaching Mentor for the Graduate School and a regular contributor to the Fine Arts Living and Learning Community program at Roselle Hall. In addition, Beth is an active member of the BFA Assessment Committee, College of Fine Arts Advisory Committee, University Senate’s Teacher Evaluation Committee, the Undergraduate GearUp Academy@UK, and Common Reading Experience.

Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Beth began her journey as an artist at a young age. When it was her turn to select the monthly-Saturday morning-family-excursion destination, she inevitably chose (much to her three brothers’ dismay), the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago! With ongoing affirmations from her family and K-12 teachers, she arrived at Xavier University in Cincinnati and graduated magnum cum laude with a B.F.A. concentrated in drawing. Later, she completed her M.F.A. at the University of Kentucky in sculpture and completed all coursework leading toward a Doctorate in Education with emphasize on “how students make meaning in art education.” Other highlights of Beth’s creative inquiry include learning Navajo weaving in Chinle, Arizona from a non-English speaking master-weaver, acting as a citizen ambassador to Siberia, Russia during the Perestroika era, and traveling to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem as a pilgrim.

During her 35-year career as a teacher, Beth has taught in a variety of school and community venues. She has assisted a diverse population in discovering their artistic potential, including kindergarten through college students, severely mentally-challenged children, middle-school-age gifted students, and adult art retreatants. Focusing on adapting lessons to individual learning styles and maximizing on each student’s process of making art, Beth has described her classroom as a “living-kinetic-environmental-work-of-art.”

Prior to joining UK, Beth served as Chair of the Diocese of Lexington Arts Consortium and taught visual arts at Sts. Peter & Paul School (PK-8), Lexington, Kentucky. She has also been a full-time faculty member at Providence Montessori (PK-6), Bullitt County High School, Providence Montessori (PK-6), and Lexington Catholic High School.  While at Sayre School (PK-12), she was appointed Chair of the Fine Arts Department of Sayre School and supervised the music, theater, visual arts areas for 12 years. For each of these schools, she worked in multiple areas from curriculum development and implementation of collaborative arts-infused units of study to arts advocacy, visionary planning of spaces for making art, and managing Fine Arts programming.

Beth also served as Secretary of the National Association for Gifted Children, Elementary Division Head for Kentucky Art Education Association, and Arts Consultant for Kentucky Collaborative for Elementary Learning with the Galef Institute. She has exhibited her sculpture locally at Headley-Whitney Museum, Barnhardt Gallery, ArtsPlace, Tuska Center for Contemporary Art, University of Kentucky Art Museum, and in Horse Mania.  She has received Teacher of the Year Award from Sayre School, two EcoArt Grants from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government, and scholarships to the Fayette County Teacher-Leader program and the AAHLE Assessment Conference.

Beth Mosher Ettensohn is a member of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education(AAHLE) and National Art Education Association.