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Beth Balliro

Beth Balliro
Associate Professor
Treehouse 401B

Beth Balliro’s scholarship involves critical approaches to pedagogy with an emphasis on anti-racist practices. Many years of urban teaching in public schools, community centers and museum settings inform her coursework. Her research seeks to uncover what schooling means for artists, and how their subjectivities can inform public school policy.   

Her artwork has appeared nationally in exhibition and print.  Recent work investigates the historic materialism of white flight, weaving family narrative with the evidence of urban debris.

2016 - PhD; Urban Education, Leadership & Policy Studies; 1999 - Master of Science in Art Education, MassArt; 1995 - BFA (cum laude) Smith College
Professional Experience: 
  • 2006-current - Make/Made, Project Designer, Regional Youth Media Arts Educator Consortium, Founding Advisory Board Member, Visiting Teacher, ArtLab, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • 2010-2011 - Contemporary Conversations Gallery Educator, Visiting Artist, MFA/BPS Youth Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • 1998-2009 - Founding Faculty Member, Director of the Senior Institute, Teacher of Studio Arts, Grades 9-12, Teacher-Leader of Senior Writing Team, Boston Arts Academy, Boston, MA
  • 2003-2004 - Teacher-in-Residence, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA


  • 2016 - Balliro, B. Cover Art. Barber, J. Works on Paper, Washington, D.C.: Wood Works
  • 2015 - Ink & Stick, Grand Gallery, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA 
  • 2012 - Love’s Labors, Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA. Curated by B. Lynch, exhibition catalog 
  • 2009 - Her Mark, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago
  • 2008 - Nothing Flourishes Alone (solo exhibition), Gordon Gallery, Boston, MA
  • 2008 - New Art 2008, MPG Contemporary, Boston, MA. Juried by Rachel Rosenfeld Lafo
  • 2007 - Sublime Climate, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School of Weston, Weston MA. Curated by Todd Bartel
  • 2007 - The Boston Drawing Project, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA. Selected by Joseph Carroll 
  • 2007 - STENCILS: Public Space and Intervention, New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, Boston, MA. Curated by Hiroko Kikuchi


  • 2016 - Balliro, B. & Kress, T. (In Press) "Waht Does Our Schooling of Black Male Artists Indicate About Our Social Imagination? In Kress, T. & Lake, R. Chooling and The Social Imagination
  • 2016 - Balliro, B. "Student Activism at Smith Should Be Encouraged, Not Chided," [Letter to the Editor], The Boston Globe
  • 2015 - Balliro, B. "Access and Failure." Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, 35, 2-9
  • 2015 - Balliro, B. "Re-envisioning the classroom: A studio approach for student empowerment." In Scarlett, W. G., Ed. The Sage Encyclopedia of Classroom Management. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications
  • 2015 - Balliro, B. & Katzew, A. "Awakening Presence in Art Teacher Training," Visual Arts Research, 41(1), 84-95

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 - Alumni Award for Dissertation Research, University of Massachusetts, Boston 
  • 2015 - “29 Who Shine” Faculty Mentor, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education 
  • 2015 - Community Legacy Fellow, National Artist Teacher Fellowship, Surdna Foundation 
  • 2013 - Hardrock Philanthropy Award for Marathon ArtShare, Boston. 
  • 2008 - Distinguished Art Educator of the Year (Boston Arts Academy Visual Arts Department), Mass. College of Art & Design, Boston 
  • 2007 - Surdna Sabbatical Fellowship Award
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