Beth Johnston is an interdisciplinary artist and educator making work about|amidst|from within the climate crisis. Beth’s work investigates and challenges inherited ways of knowing and is indebted to Latinx, Black, Indigenous, Queer and other voices aligned in acknowledging that the climate crisis is rooted in settler-colonial legacies.
Grounded in research on environmental justice, Beth’s work explores temporal and spacial chasms, climate data encounters, the decolonization of nature, more-than-human worlds, and how to materialize the imperceptible.
Beth has exhibited in Colorado, Rhode Island, and New York. She has been awarded several grants for her community-based work in Colorado including the Creative Industries Career Advancement Grant. Additionally, she has been the recipient of the Curator’s Choice at the Center for Fine Art Photography and was a finalist for RISD Museum’s Donor Prize for a public artwork installation. Beth received an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2022 with a self-designed concentration in Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies. She currently works between the high mountain desert of the Southwest and coastlands of New England.