Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Kristen Ramirez (Seattle) earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz, an MA in education from San Francisco State University and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington. She manages public art projects for Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture. Prior to her work at the City of Seattle, Kristen spent 10 years working as both faculty and staff at Cornish College of the Arts. She has also taught at the University of Washington, Tacoma Museum of Glass, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Edmonds Community College, and Path with Art. Her studio practice includes print arts, painting, drawing, installation, and community-based public art projects.

Kristen received 2007 GAP Award funding to customize a bicycle with a table-top printing press that she will use to continue her and collaborator Laura Wright’s guerilla-art efforts to distribute free art in non-commercial spaces. Their 2006 success with Peddling Art was based on using Laura’s peddle-powered sewing machine to sew patches onto participants’ clothing and distribute currency Kristen had previously printed; now Kristen will be able to enhance their community collaborations and experiential art projects by enabling participants to see how a small printing press operates and pull a print themselves. Kristen's work was chosen to be in the King County Public Art Collection for their portable arts collection.

Kristen received 2015 GAP Award funding to assist with completing her book “Untangled (working title)”. The book examines a range of themes, including wanderlust, child-rearing, aging parents, marriage, the inner life of an artist and the cultural collisions experienced by the artist while living in Mexico. It reads in a non-linear fashion, with vignettes that include lists, anecdotes, email and text messages, song lyrics, conversations, and observations. In the spirit of graphic novels the writing is accompanied by images created as relief prints, drawings, and the faux postcards she created while traveling.

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