Mary Beth Koszut

Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Art and Digital Media
M.F.A. (Painting), 2011, Bradley University
B.F.A. (Art Education), 2005, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.A. (Studio Art/Anthropology), 2002, University of Denver

Trained as an observational painter, Professor Koszut combines elements of both the representational and the abstract in her work. Her visual vocabulary is inspired by nature, specifically by a forest's play with branches, roots and rocks. She challenges the viewer to visually find that balance between calm and congestion within each of her pieces.

Joining the Olivet faculty in 2012, she teaches art education and a variety of studio arts courses. She also continues to paint and show her work in juried exhibitions both locally and nationally. Learn more about her work and career at

Her teaching career has included two years as an adjunct professor at Robert Morris University, Peoria, and Bradley University. She also taught fine arts at Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School in Skokie, Ill., and worked as a K-12 teacher. She is a member of the National Art Education Association.

Professor Koszut's academic awards and professional recognition for her work include:

  • Caterpillar Masters Fellowship, 2008-2010
  • Initiated Phi Beta Kappa Lifetime Member, 2002
  • Initiated Mortar Board Member, 2001
  • Initiated Golden Key Honor Society Member, 2000

To inspire her creative self, Professor Koszut enjoys music, movies and many outdoor activities.

She and her husband, Jeff Tongren, were married in 2016. She is helping him parent his daughter, Eve.