Bethany A. Kalk, MFA

Bethany A. Kalk, MFA

Bethany A. Kalk, MFA

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences


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

Academic Appointments


  • Computer Science, Design and Journalism


  • Associate Professor


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

Publications and Presentations




Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • Graphic Design Trends, Community Murals, Mural Design, 

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

Awards and Honors

  • Co-lead for Art + Infrastructure Mural Project, 2020