Bethany A. Kalk
Bethany A. Kalk

Bethany A. Kalk

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Graphic Design, Painting, Drawing, Installation, Murals, Video

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Journalism, Media & Computing

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

Bethany “Betni”  Kalk  is an artist/designer who makes murals, installations and paints in encaustic. She is professor of design at Creighton University. She was born in Canada and at age three her missionary parents moved the family to Papua New Guinea (PNG) where they lived for 10 years. She lived in the States for high school, college and graduate school where she studied graphic design, painting, and drawing. When not teaching, she explores the natural landscapes of other countries and visits different regions of the U.S. to and from artist residencies. She has exhibited in numerous locations including Lexington, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Omaha and San Francisco. She has received numerous grants and residencies around the U.S. including Sitka Center, San Juan National Forest, the Anderson Center and the Pine Needles Program through the Science Museum of Minnesota.  For information and images, visit b-e-t-n-i.com.

Publications and Presentations

Articles

  • Each sale of the book creates $10 in profit which goes back to the Sawiyano for education and medical needs. http://www.blurb.com/user/bethanykalk Near the border between West Papua and Papua New Guinea lives small group of approximately 800 people called the Sawiyano who speak their own unique language. They live in an area of mountains and swamps. They have been in contact with outsiders since World War II. Some Sawiyano learned to read and write in the short-lived government school at the airstrip and missionaries also taught literacy. Within the last 50 years, many things have changed in the tribe. Cannibalism was abolished. Tribal rivalries and fights have mostly stopped. Houses are no longer as high off the ground when fear of attack from other tribes was prevalent. Some tribe members adopted a new religion, a few continue to follow the old ways, while many mix a new faith with the ancestral traditions, myths and superstitions. Despite the changes, many old ways of the tumbuna (ancestors) continue, especially in regards to crafts. Except for a few nails, most houses are built using the main traditional methods and materials. Steel axes and bush knives now fell the trees instead of stone axes. Food is gathered and prepared in a similar manner each day as it was fifty years ago., Culture, 2013
  • “This book shows the beauty of the untamed landscape in the Daniel Boone National Forest area in Eastern KY, which is at the edge of Appalachia. The terrain is incredibly diverse with layers of rock, shale and limestone with creeks crisscrossing between the hollows of the many tree-covered hills and small mountains. Vines hang thick around the trees and the underbrush. This volume includes from photographs from landscapes around Rowan, Carter and Fleming County of Eastern KY.” Photos from Fall 2010-Spring 2011, Nature, 2011

Publications

  • I returned to New Guinea in summer 2012 to create a book and documentary called “Sawiyano: Traditional Arts & Crafts.” I grew up in the tribe and was given permission by elders a few years ago to document their lives and traditions. It is the beginning of a life-long project to document traditions of indigenous groups in many parts of the world. I still have lots of research to do in order to create or join a non-profit and to find a publisher for the books and films. After two months in the East Province the production is 1/2 complete and I am in post-production of editing. I will return in summer 2015 for more footage. While there I also did basic medical work daily and taught English a couple days a week. Visit tumbuna.org for images and clips., Culture, 2016

Presentations

  • Mentorship & Collaboration Mural - Child Saving Institute (Omaha, NE) Fall 2016 (mid Sept - mid Dec) Mentorship & Collaboration with teens from Joslyn Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentorship Program , 2106
  • "From the Wanderings"
    Kimmel Harding Nelson Art Gallery (Nebraska City, NE)
    Nov-Dec 2018 
    Solo Exhibition /// By Invitation 
     , 2018
  • PUBLIC ARTWORK
    Collaboration in Community Mural - Fall, Janus Youth Programs, Inc. (Portland, OR)
    August 2018
    Collaboration with staff and youth staying at shelter at the time I will be painting in August , 2018
  • “Caught in the Current: Recent Abstractions” 
    Fred Simon Gallery (Omaha, NE) /// July 27 - Sept 21, 2018 
    Solo /// By Invitation after Submitting Application 
    3 large paintings, 4 medium paintings, 2 laser-cuts /// 1/3 of art is new work produced in 2018 , 2018
  • Mural - Dream Again Therapy (Omaha, NE) June 2018 I designed and painted large but simple mural of large rainbow colored leaves for therapy office, 2018
  • PUBLIC ART
    Mentorship & Collaboration Mural - Music Conservatory
    (Omaha, NE)
    Mid Jan - end March 2018 Mentorship & Collaboration with 5 conservatory teens and Joslyn Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentorship Program , 2018
  • “MCAD Auction 2018” 
    Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Mpls, MN) /// May 2018 
    Was asked to participate, I submitted art and one piece was juried into the exhibit auction 
    The painting sold , 2018
  • Open Door 
    Rosalux Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) /// Dec 2 - 30, 2017 
    Group show /// Juried by Danielle Krysa, aka the Jealous Curator 
    241 artist submitting, with most submitting 3 pieces 
    Exhibited: 74 x 91 in laser cut piece called Wabualu (previously exhibited in Omaha) 
    Other Artists: 20 regional and national artists , 2017
  • Bemis Benefit Auction 2017 
    Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) /// October 14 - 27, 2017 
    Group show /// Juried - out of 300 submissions 
    Exhibited & Sold: 1 painting, total size of 28 x 28 in 
    Other Artists: 235 local and national artists to celebrate the capstone to the Bemis Center’s 35th Anniversary. , 2017
  • “Search for the Sublime 
    Metropolitan Community College Art Gallery(Elkhorn, NE)
    September-October 2017 
    Solo /// By Invitation after Submitting Application 
    New Work - 3 laser cut wood pieces, one 20 foot painting, 16 framed photos Also included 3 drawings that I previously exhibited elsewhere , 2017
  • Bemis Benefit Auction 2016 
    Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) /// October 15 - 28, 2016 - auction Friday, October 28, 2016 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 
    Group show /// Juried - out of 500 applicants 
    Exhibited: 1 painting, total size of 30 in wide x 40 in high 
    Other Artists: 200 local and national artists to celebrate the capstone to the Bemis Center’s 35th Anniversary. , 2016
  • Mentorship & Collaboration Mural - Heart Ministry Center, In food pantry area
    (Omaha, NE)
    Spring 2016 (mid March - mid May) Mentorship & Collaboration with teens from Joslyn Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentorship Program , 2016
  • “Novus Conceptum” Contemporary Fine Art & Photography 
    Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery (Houston, TX) /// April 9th - June, 2016 
    Group show /// The gallery invited me to Participate 
    Exhibited: 1 triptych paintings, total size of 72 wide x 36 high 
    Other Artists: 25 International & National Artists will display their paintings, drawings, prints, photography, & sculptures , 2016
  • PUBLIC ARTWORK
    Collaboration Mural - Rainforest Scene at Childcare Business called Sunrise
    (Brisbane, AU)
    Jan 2016 Collaboration with Subvert Designs in Brisbane, Australia , 2016
  • PUBLIC ARTWORK
    Collaboration Mural - Elementary School Mural of Gold Coast Ocean (Brisbane, AU) Dec 2015-Jan 2016 Collaboration with Subvert Designs in Brisbane, Australia , 2016
  • PUBLIC ARTWORK
    Mural at 33rd and Parker for Prospect Village
    (Omaha, NE) 
    June - August 2015 Invited & commissioned by Union for Contemporary Art to paint mural for Prospect Village’s Neighborhood Association , 2015
  • PUBLIC ARTWORK
    Mural in Nelson Mandela Elementary School, Cafeteria (Omaha, NE) 
    June - August 2015 Invited and commissioned to paint the mural, 5 walls of varying sizes in Cafeteria , 2015
  • “MCAD Auction 2015” 
    Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Mpls, MN) /// May 2015 
    I was asked to participate and one piece was juried into the exhibit auction 
    Painting was sold , 2015
  • “From the Floods” 
    Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) /// May 2015 
    Solo /// By Invitation (not juried) 
    2 large cut paper murals, 9 black and white photos, and five encaustic paintings - All new paintings for this exhibition , 2015
  • “Graphite: Recent Drawings” 
    Alley Poyner Machiatto (Omaha, NE) /// Feb - May 2015 
    Solo /// By Invitation (not juried) 
    The drawings in this exhibit was a collection of drawings from the last few years and included 14 foot x 9 inch drawing of the St Croix river edge, a 5 ft x 32 inch drawing of Roots in Oregon, and three 24x24 inch encaustic drawings , 2015
  • Mural in Nelson Mandela Elementary School, gym
    (Omaha, NE)
    June - August 2015 Invited and commissioned to paint the mural on Large Gymnasium wall , 2015
  • Collaboration Mural at Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE) 
    Collaboration with Alicia Reyes McNamara / Began in October 2014 and finished in May 2014 I did the typography, the female’s face and hair in addition to assisting with the painting of the Alicia’s designs , 2014
  • “WARPED: Historical In/Accuracy“ A Museum of Alternative History Project 
    Downtown Library Gallery (Omaha, NE) /// Sept 12 - 15, 2014 (During Lit-Fest) 
    Museum of Alternative History; curated by Tim Guthrie, bringing together a curio cabinet of artists to create and display their own distorted commentaries on the historical aspects of person, place or thing 
    Group /// By Invitation (not juried) 
    I had 2 watercolor drawings in it , 2014
  • Collaboration Mural at Cuming St + Florence St
    (Omaha, NE)
    June 2015 Collaboration of Student Daniel Thiessen and myself 
    Group from North Downtown asked me to do a mural on Cuming st as a start of an effort to improve to corridor from Cuming St exit off 480 to north downtown , 2014
  • “Ruckus Spring Show” /// Ruckus Art Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
    Group Exhibition, 2014
  • “Sawiyano” 
    Ambrose University (Davenport, IA) /// Jan/Feb 2014 
    Solo /// Chosen from Submissions by Gallery Committee 
    Exhibited 12 framed photographs along with artifacts from the Sawiyano 
    A page of text of explanation was included with each image or set of images , 2014
  • “Fellows of N41° 16.7531?, W095° 56.8453’ 1 | Union Fellows Group Exhibition
    Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE)
    Group Exhibition, 2014
  • “Ruckus Winter Show”
    Ruckus Art Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
    Group Exhibition, 2014
  • ”Parts of the Whole” 
    MN Center for Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN) /// August - October 2013 
    Group show /// Invited, I had shown here twice previously 
    Exhibited 1 installation of vinyl in the window , 2013
  • “Driftless / Coppock, Eck & Kalk” 
    Living Room Gallery (Chicago, IL) /// May 17-July 1, 2013 
    3-person Collaboration /// Invited, the gallery owner had seen our work online 
    Exhibited Multiple installations created on site over 1 week which included collections of found items, wire & wax sculptures and 50 tinypaintings , 2013
  • “How a Small Thing Can Be Pleasing: Contemporary Botanical Art” 
    Living Arts & Science Center (Lexington, KY) /// April 19 - May 25, 2013 
    Juried Group Exhibit 
    2 works exhibited, 2013
  • “Annual Faculty Exhibit” 
    Claypool Young Gallery, Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) /// February 2013 
    Invitational / Group of 12 faculty 
    No Juror / No Difficulty of acceptance / I chose which works to exhibit 
    Morehead State Faculty only, participation was expected 
    18 photographs, 1 Video , 2013
  • “Ruckus Fall Show” (Opening of Gallery) /// Ruckus Art Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), 2013
  • “Firmly Rooted” 
    MS Rezny Studio & Gallery (Lexington, KY) /// November 16th – December 30, 2012 
    Juried Group Exhibit, 1 accepted works from 6 submitted 
    Doug Stapleton, Assistant Curator of Art with the Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery 
    Selected 27 finalist from over 325 images 
    Worldwide - They received submissions from US, Canada and Asia 
    1 work exhibited , 2012
  • “Horizons: Contemporary Landscapes” 
    Community Arts Center (Danville, KY) /// October 11– November 15, 2012 
    * Awarded Best in Show with $500 Award for 14 inch x 14 ft Drawing 
    Juried Group Exhibit 
    Landscape Artists Lynn Dunbar and Bill Fletcher were jurors
    150 submitted works narrowed down to 40 
    50 artists from 13 states 
    2 works accepted from 6 submissions , 2012
  • “Tri-State Biennial Exhibit” 
    Huntington Art Museum (Huntington, WV) /// September 9 - October 21, 2012 
    Juried exhibit, Large group 
    Jurors Unknown, not Listed 
    Difficulty of acceptance is unknown, numbers of applications were not provided 
    REGIONAL: Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia 
    1 accepted work from 2 submissions , 2012
  • “Hills & Hollows” 
    Gallery 360 (Minneapolis, MN) /// April 14 – May 27, 2012 /// Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 7pm – 10pm 
    Solo / Invitation - I was represented by Gallery 360 - this was my 2nd Solo exhibit with them 
    Selected by Merry Beck, Owner of Gallery 
    Mostly artists from Midwest are represented in the gallery 
    14 Works Exhibited, 13 Encaustic Paintings, 1 Installation - All Works Created from Feb - April 2012 , 2012
  • “Annual Faculty Exhibit” 
    Claypool Young Gallery, Morehead State University (Morehead, KY) /// February 2012 
    Invitational / Group of 12 faculty 
    No Juror / No Difficulty of acceptance / I chose which works to exhibit 
    Morehead State Faculty only 
    3 paintings, 1 Video , 2012
  • “STRATA: Collaboration of Caleb Coppock, Daphne Eck & Bethany Kalk” 
    Rowan County Arts Center (Morehead, KY) /// January 25 – Sept 15, 2012 / Reception: May 21st, 6pm – 10pm 
    3-Person Collaboration 
    Jurors: Unknown / Fuse the Muse Panel This exhibit was the result of being chosen for a “Fuse the Muse” grant and exhibition We chose which works to exhibit and had curatorial control 
    Difficulty of acceptance is Unknown 
    Mostly Regional, however it is open to all, my collaborators are from Nebraska 
    I exhibited 8 personal photos, 6 collaborative photos, and 5 collaborative installations , 2012
  • PUBLIC ART
    Mural On the Canal in Downtown Indy - under New York St Bridge (Indianapolis, IN) 
    Fall 2011 Commissioned by Arts Council of Indianapolis 
    I painted and completed a mural for the city of Indianapolis between mid September and the end of October - down at the canal, under the New York Ave bridge. It is 82 x 
    12 feet. The design was accepted in May. //// The 46 for XLVI program is a partnership between the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the City of Indianapolis. 46 for XLVI 
    was created to elevate the arts and culture of the City in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI. Over the course of the program 21 artists (both local and national) will create 46 murals around Marion County. http://www.artscouncilofindianapolis.org/murals , 2011
  • Design for Silo
    (Omaha, NE)
    Commissioned by Emerging Terrain 
    Emerging Terrain’s project “Stored Potential” is a large-scale installation covering the silos of a vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha, Nebraska in order to reposition the structure in the landscape. This second set of designs have subject matter to initiate conversation about the fused nature of transportation and transport in relation to the grain elevator, the citywide hiking trail (once rail) it terminates, and the 76,000 vehicles passing it each day on the cross-continental Interstate 80. ///// My multi-layered interpretation of the theme of inter twines the networks of constructed roadways in Omaha with ‘transport‘ formations of ant trails – the resulting image is a visualization of the similarity and interconnection between human and natural realms of movement. The honeycomb form of ‘food storage’ layers yet another important process into the overall image and idea. All these networks represented here at similar scale blurs the hierarchy of our often competing worlds and renders them equal in importance. , 2011
  • “Caught in the Calm” 
    Hannah Bacol Busch Gallery (Houston, TX) /// May 21 – Sept 15, 2011 /// Reception: May 21st, 6pm – 10pm 
    Solo /// Invitation 
    30 paintings & drawings , 1 on site installation 
    The exhibition included a wide range of approaches to the landscapes including both realistic and abstracted views of the landscapes or objects found in them; ranging from naturalistic drawings and paintings, wall murals combined with collected objects, patterns & layered abstractions. , 2011
  • “State of Drawing - Invitational Exhibition, 2011”
    Georgetown College Art Galleries (Georgetown, KY)
    Group Exhibition, Won best in Show, 2011
  • “Breathing Room” 
    Peerless Gallery (Omaha, NE)
    Group Exhibition, 2011
  • “This Strange Phase” (Collaborative Video/Audio)
    Big Omaha at KANEKO (Omaha, NE)
    Collaboration with Daphne Eck and Caleb Coppock, 2011
  • “Annual Faculty Exhibit” /
    Claypool Young Gallery, Morehead State University (Morehead, KY)
    Group Exhibition, 2011
  • “MCBA Jerome Fellowship Exhibition X”
    MN Center For Book Arts (Minneapolis, MN)
    Group Exhibition
    Jerome Fellowship Series X
    November 12, 2010 – February 6, 2011
    MCBA Star Tribune Foundation Gallery
    https://www.mnbookarts.org/jerome-series-x/, 2010
  • “Summer Invitational IV” 
    Thomas Barry Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
    Group Exhibition by Invitation, 2010
  • “Re-Arted (Collaborations)”
    Fox Tax Gallery (Minneapolis, MN)
    Group Exhibition, 2010
  • “Dusk”
    Gallery 360 (Minneapolis, MN)
    April 14 – May 27, 2009
    Reception: Saturday, April 14 from 7pm – 10pm 
    Solo /// Invitation - At the time, I was represented by Gallery 360 - this was my 1st Solo exhibit with them 
    Selected by Merry Beck, Owner of Gallery 
    Mostly artists from Midwest are represented in the gallery 
    10 Encaustic Paintings Exhibited - All Works Created in 2009 , 2009
  • “Lingering Curses” 
    Mina Dresden Gallery (San Francisco, CA)
    Fall of 2008 
    Solo / Invitation - I had been in 2 groups shows prior to the invitation 
    Exhibited 1 large installation that included 10 paintings and large mural, also showed 3 other paintings , 2008
  • “Sweetness Can Sting” 
    Gallery 13 (Minneapolis, MN)
    March 6th-31st, 2008 /// Opening is March 15th, 7-10 
    Solo / Invitation after being in a group show 
    Approximately 12 paintings & drawings, abstractions and landscapes , 2008
  • “Waters Will Rise & Confuse” 
    UCR Gallery (University Center, Rochester, MN) /
    Sept 10–Oct 26, 2007 / RECEPTION: September 12 6:30–8:30 pm, Gallery Talk at 7 pm 
    Solo / Invitation after sending in my images to the gallery for consideration 
    Approximately 10 paintings & drawings and one mural , 2007
  • “Because of the Curses” 
    Hue Art Gallery (Madison, WI) /// November 2007 
    Solo / Invitation after sending in my images to the gallery for consideration 
    Approximately 10 paintings & drawings and one mural, no new work was created for this exhibition , 2007
  • “Doubtful Advantage” 
    Benedicta Arts Center (Collegeville, MN) /// August 28 - October 15, 2006 / RECEPTION Friday, Sept. 22, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
    Solo / Invitation after sending in my images to the gallery for consideration 
    Approximately 10 paintings , 2006
  • “The Hero Is No Longer” 
    Edge Art Gallery (Big Fork, MN) /// June 2006 
    Solo / Invitation after sending in my images to the gallery for consideration 
    Approximately 6 paintings and 1 40in by 30ft drawing , 2006

Research and Scholarship

Current Research Projects

  • Community Murals, Art and Craft of Papua New Guinea's Sepik Region

Grant Funding Received

  • Grant from MSU Foundation for Film Project "Sawiyano"
  • Creative Production Grant, Morehead State University
  • Studio Fellow of Union for Contemporary Art
  • CURAS Summer Faculty Research Fellowship
  • Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts - Residency
  • The Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Fund