We are highlighting alum BFA Kristina King ‘14 today!
Kristi says of her time at Denison, “I graduated from Denison in 2014 with a BFA. As a student, I was given the opportunity to work in the Studio Art department as the Bryant Gallery Assistant. That job gave me the real-world experience I needed after graduation and led me to manage a non-profit art gallery space less than a year after graduating. Other opportunities within the Studio Art Department —such as applying for the BFA track— prepared me well for other art competitions. The feedback and guidance I received from my art professors helped me to learn how to make art independently, and to sustain an art career after graduation in a self-motivated manner. My discussions with my Senior Research Advisors Ron and Micaela led me to discover my current medium, papermaking. I also think that a lot of people who go to Denison (as opposed to going strictly to an art school) are inherently interdisciplinary and interested in many areas of study. Denison teaches students how to write and speak effectively. And those are skills that you use every day as an artist; in order to get what you want, you have to be able to research, write, and communicate well.”
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Kristina King is a Washington, DC-based multidisciplinary artist working in handmade paper and site-responsive installations. Her work investigates place, process, community, turbulence, fragility, decay, and the ephemeral. She was awarded a residency at Vermont Studio Center (2020) and a Studio Workshop Residency at Women’s Studio Workshop (2019). She received the 2021 DC Arts & Humanities Fellowship and the 2019 Individual Artist Award (Visual Arts - Works on Paper) from the Maryland State Arts Council. King was selected to be a semifinalist for the Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize (2021) — a $25,000 fellowship for Greater Baltimore Area artists. Her work has been reviewed in BmoreArt and The Washington Post. Her work has been exhibited at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Latela Curatorial, Artsy, Allegany Arts Council, Willow Street Gallery, Via Umbria Galleria, Takoma Park Community Center, among others. She received a BFA from Denison University in 2014. In addition to her art practice, Kristina is the Gallery Director at Georgetown Frame Shoppe and serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors at DC Arts Studios, a non-profit that provides studio spaces for 45+ DC area. For more information, you can check out Kristi King’s Instagram page @kristinaiking for updates on her growing career.