About

Kristen Mills holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, an MSAE from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and a BFA from Rivier College. From semester to semester, she splits her time between Philadelphia and Boston as she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tyler and at MassArt, in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Concurrently, she is co-founder/owner of Cloud Coffee, LLC.

Mills' work engages a variety of strategies: video art, talk shows, stand-up comedy performances, collaborative engagements and teaching - in an ongoing investigation of how meaning is constructed in our contemporary culture. Her work has been exhibited and distributed in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Rome, Italy. She is also an avid NPR listener, Planet Fitness attender, and nail biter.

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Education
2012        MFA, Tyler School of Art, Rome, Italy and Philadelphia, PA
2006        MSAE, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA    

Select Exhibitions and Performances / Group and Solo
2017         Show The People What They've Won, Sister Spaceship at The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, DE
                revolting: an art show in protest, The Distillery Gallery, South Boston, MA
2016         SwingState, Live Performance-Gallery Tour at Little Berlin, Philadelphia, PA
                My 5 min at Helium, Helium Comedy Club, Philadelphia
                Sister Spaceship: EXCUSE THE MESS, BUT WE LIVE HERE, Book Signing, Philadelphia Art Book Fair
                Sister Spaceship: TAKE ONE, PhillyCAM’s Public Access Channel, out of Philadelphia
2015         Sister Spaceship: AND WE’RE LIVE… AGAIN, Multiple Performances, PRACTICE Gallery, Phila
                One Night at The Neighbor’s House, Live Performance @ E.Colona, Philadelphia
2014         Love Letter Rant, Live at The St.Claire 2014 Issue Release, Philadelphia
                Film al Fresco 2014, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia
                Sister Spaceship: LIVE, Force Field Project, Philadelphia
2013         Sister Spaceship: Reading, Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
                20/92 Video Screening, Crane Arts Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia
                Fleischer Wind Challenge, Finalist, Fleischer Art Memorial, Philadelphia
2012         The Cat Exhibition, PRACTICE Gallery, Philadelphia
                Eat Your Heart Out, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia
                MATCH, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
                BANG!, Power Plant Productions, Philadelphia
2011         The Project Room, Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery, Philadelphia
                Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston
                TAKE ME WITH YOU, distributed in Boston, Philadelphia and New York
                I SEE YOU, Temple Gallery, Rome, Italy
2010         INTERACTIVITY:INTERPASSIVITY, FPAC Gallery, Boston
                CIC/GS 001, Cambridge Innovation Center, Cambridge, MA
2009         The 21st Drawing Show: Drawings That Work, The Mills Gallery, Boston
                FOLD THIS LEG FIRST, SPACE 242, Boston
2008         Elevated Step, Installation in Wormwood Park, Fort Point, Boston
2007         New Art 2007, MPG Contemporary, Boston
2006         Spaces: Process Revealed, Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Select Exhibitions / Curatorial
2016        Unusually Human, Cloud Prize Exhibition at Little Berlin, Philadelphia
2014        Artist as Artist, Lincoln Arts Project, Waltham, MA
2010        Gallery 406, Fort Point Midway Studios, Boston
2009        GENERATIONS, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston
2008        Surface, FPAC Gallery, Boston
2007        Image for Sale, FPAC Gallery, Boston
2006        Spaces: Process Revealed, Pearl Street Gallery, Brooklyn

Teaching and Lectures
2016              Artist-in-Residence, Art Futures Program, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2015, 2016     Artist-Mentor, Art AllState, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA
2013-2017      Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2013-2014      Adjunct Assistant Professor, MassArt, Boston, MA
2013              Visiting Lecturer, Emerson College, Boston
2010-2011      Graduate Teaching Assistant, Temple Rome, Rome, Italy
2006-2010      Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Education Department, MassArt, Boston    
2007-2010      Coordinator of Art Jump Off, Center for Art and Community Partnerships, Boston
2008, 2009     Artist-Mentor, Art AllState, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
2009              Visiting Artist, Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA
2004, 2005     Artist-Mentor, Art AllState, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2004, 2005     Visiting Artist, Babson College, Wellesley, MA

Residencies
2018               The Appalachian Trail (Forthcoming), thru-hike from Georgia to Maine, US
2017               Vermont Studio Center, Forstmann Fellowship Recipient

Related Professional Work
2013-Present   Co-Founder of Cloud Project/Cloud Coffee, in and around Philadelphia
2012-2016       Studio Assistant for Dona Nelson, Philadelphia and New York
2006-2010       Gallery Coordinator, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston
2005-2010       Art Consultant, Flying Toad, Inc., Cambridge, MA
2007-2008       Gallery Chair, FPAC Gallery, Boston
2007, 2008      Assistant Preparator, Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Text
2017        Essay (by Jen Nugent), title-magazine.com, July
2015        Review in theartblog.com, October
2014        Review in ArtFCity.com, August
               Exhibition Essay for Napoleon Gallery, napoleonnapoleon.com, December
               Contributed essay in the-st-claire.com, January
               Review in Temple News, news.temple.edu, February
2013        Review in Philly.com, May
               Review in Temple News, news.temple.edu, January
2012        Tyler MFA Catalog 2012
2009        Review in BostonHerald.com, September
               Review in the Weekly Dig, January
               Review in the Boston Globe, January
2007        Interview in ArtPoint, March
               Cited in Art from Intuition, by Dean Nimmer. Watson-Guptill Publishers, NY
2006        Review in pearlstreetgallery.net, May
2005        Cited in zeitgeist-gallery.org, January
2002        Review in the Boston Globe, January
               Review in Art New England, January