artist + educator

making work around|about|amidst|from within the climate crisis
beth johnston

instagram: @beth_johnston_

Beth Johnston (she/hers) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator making work around|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 chasms, climate data encounters, the decolonization of nature (and matter), entanglement, more-than-human worlds, and how to visualize the imperceptible. Her work blurs traditional boundaries between photography, sculpture, performance, video, and activism, often building conversations across mediums.

Beth has exhibited in Colorado, Rhode Island, New Mexico, and New York. She has been awarded several grants for her community-based work in Colorado including the Creative Industries Artist Grant (2020). Additionally, she has been the recipient of the Curator’s Choice at the Center for Fine Art Photography (2021) and was the finalist for RISD Museum’s Donor Prize for a public artwork installation (2022). She is currently a Colorado Art Science Environment (CASE) Fellow through the University of Colorado-Boulder and recipient of The Center for Fine Art Photography’s 2023 Denis Roussel Fellowship.

Beth received an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2022 with a self-designed concentration in NatureCulture studies. She currently works between the high mountain desert of the Southwest and coastlands of New England.

-Current + Upcoming-