USM Art Department

Kelly Hrenko Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art Education
Portrait of Kelly Hrenko

Office Location

113 Robie-Andrews Hall, Gorham, ME 04038

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2018

Contact Amy Hagberg for appointment, 780-5484 -


(207) 780-5276

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Art Education, University of Minnesota
  • B.F.A., Art Education, Southern Illinois University


Dr. Hrenko’s current scholarship is within the field of integrated arts and multimodal creative literacies. She uses her position as a teacher educator in the visual arts as a place where several intersections occur; between art and culture, community and school; and interdisciplinary education. She comes from the Midwest where she worked in public and Native American BIA schools, assisting k-12 teachers as they work to integrate the visual arts and Native cultures across curricula.

Research Interests:

Culture Based Arts

American Indian Arts Curricula

Arts Integration and Multimodal Arts Education

Recent Publications:

Hrenko, K. (2015). Book Chapter (forthcoming). Decolonizing vacationland: The intersection of Wabanaki cultures and visual arts. In Staikidis and Ballengee-Morris (Eds.), Transforming Our Practices: American Indian Art, Pedagogies, and Philosophies. Reston, VA: NAEA Press.

 Hrenko, K. (2014). The intersection of Indigenous cultures, visual arts, and creative writing. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 16 (1&2), 9-20.

 Hrenko, K. & Dalton, J. (2014). One Middle school+ Two teacher education programs = Three ways of enacting community-based art education. In Eastern Education Research Association Conference proceedings. Jacksonville, FL; University of Florida Press.

Hrenko, K., & Stairs, A. (2012). Creative literacy: A new space for pedagogical understanding. [Special issue on Writing Across the Secondary School Curriculum] Across the Disciplines, 9(3). Retrieved January 17, 2013, from

Bequette, J., & Hrenko, K. (2010). Culture-based arts education. In Jon Reyhner, Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, &Louise Lockard (Eds.), Honoring our heritage: Culturally appropriate approaches to teaching indigenous students. Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University Press.