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About the Artist

Kristen Ramirez was raised in Northern California. The son of a Mexican immigrant, her father nurtured a Spanish/English bilingual and bicultural home. Ramirez’ art practices are intertwined and criss-crossed. She is both a studio artist who makes discrete works and a public artist who toggles between commissions and socially engaged practices.

Ramirez has a professional career in education and arts administration, championing aspiring artists and established artists alike. Ramirez taught in San Francisco’s public schools before moving to Seattle, where she has since taught at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Path with Art, and Cornish College of the Arts. She currently manages public art projects for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT). Ramirez has received numerous awards, including Individual Artist Awards from 4Culture, two Artist Trust GAP grants, two Public Art Network Year-in-Review Awards.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

Not one week before receiving the news of this award, I gave notice at my day job to enable a leap of faith into full-time work as a studio and public artist. That this fellowship came at this same juncture was a clear sign that this risk was being rewarded in an immediate way. This funding will assist in setting the tone for a new and dedicated art practice, one that I've been anxiously awaiting for many years.

Kristen Ramirez