Dr. Lori Kent is now director of learning experiences at smith & beta




Lori Kent was born in New Orleans and shaped by the culturally rich American south.  First a designer, she next moved into creativity research in the context of museums. Her MA is in Critical and Creative Thinking (UMass, Boston, 1995). Fortunate to work first as a doctoral student (Ed. D., Columbia University, 2001) then as artist and professor, she has been based in New York City for sixteen years. She divides her time between New York and San Francisco.

She is currently an arts professor in New York City and director of learning experiences at smith & beta, San Francisco.

Since 2007, she has been on the editorial review board of the art journal FATE-in-Review. Publications include critical reviews in NY Arts and Ceramic Review UK and articles in The International Journal of Art & Design Education, Art Education, FATE-in-Review, ISEA Newsletter, and the upcoming book: Practice Theory.

Summer 2011, Dr. Kent was an NEH Fellow at Stanford University’s Department of Comparative Literature. She received a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow (2009-10). As a visual artist, she has received two Puffin Foundation awards and Pollock-Krasner grant, and Gallo award (UMass Boston), a Jerome Fellowship at the Anderson Center, a studio residency at both the Harvey Foundation, Venice, and Henry Street Settlement, Lower East Side, New York.

Her artwork is focused on photography and community-based art and social justice. Research interests span the intersections of art, creativity, and the cultures of digital and networked cultures.


Dr. Lori Kent, director of learning experiences at smith & beta,  lectures and conducts workshops on the topics of Community-based Arts, The Cultural Implications of Digital Technology, American Visual Culture and Visual Literacy, and Creativity in the Arts, Design, and Business.

Let us know if you would like to have a conversation on 21c creativity or have a related issue specific to your organization’s learning.

Workshops and Lectures 2011-12

Patronage in Western Art (1400-2012) for Ordos (Chinese) Audience

How the Past Informs the Digital Future

Community-Based Arts: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina

Ambiguity and New Cultures of Invention

Re-Learning Creativity



August 22-27, 2012: Ordos City Arts Center (Inner Mongolia) and Beijing, China. Multiple lectures on patronage in Western art and current trends in American art.

February 11, 2012: College Art Association (CAA) National Conference: Paper “Exercises in Visual Imagination: Fiction as Departure Point in the Foundations Studio”

March 3, 2012: NAEA National Conference, paper: “Digital Stewardship: Navigating Web Cultures”

March 11, 2012: SXSW Interactive Conference 2012. Panel Chair, “The New Black: How Digital Education is Everything.” 


April 1, 2o11: Panel Chair, “Excavating Kindness, Caring and Cooperation in the Foundations Studio” at FATE’s Biennial National Conference.

July 23, 2011: Workshop, “How the Past Informs the Digital Future” at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco.


March 5, 2010: Lori Kent will be speaking at TEDxWarsaw

March 22, 23, 2010: Workshop at Hyper Island , Stockholm and Karlskrona, Sweden

April 7, 2010: Lori Kent will present a paper at the University of Lodz’s Theory that Matters conference

April 26, 2010: Lecture at TAIK, Aalto University of Art and Design, Helsinki