About

Kristen Mills holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art and an MSAE from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching at both Tyler and MassArt while co-running/owning Cloud Coffee. Currently, Mills is in a year-long residency program at The Vermont Studio Center, as their Visual Arts Coordinator.

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.

In 2018, Mills successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (NOBO) acquiring the trail name: Magic Pants.


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

SELECT EXHIBITIONS / GROUP and SOLO
2019        Everything in the Kitchen, Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, VT
2017        Show The People What They've Won, Sister Spaceship at The Delaware
               Contemporary Museum, Wilmington, DE
2016        Sister Spaceship: EXCUSE THE MESS, BUT WE LIVE HERE, Book Signing
               Philadelphia Art Book Fair
2015        Sister Spaceship: AND WE’RE LIVE... AGAIN, Multiple Performances
               PRACTICE Gallery, Philadelphia
2014        Film al Fresco 2014, The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia
2013        20/92 Video Screening, Crane Arts Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia
2012        Eat Your Heart Out, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia
2011        Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston
                I SEE YOU, Temple Gallery, Rome, Italy
2010        INTERACTIVITY / INTERPASSIVITY, FPAC Gallery, Boston
2009        The 21st Drawing Show: Drawings That Work, The Mills Gallery, Boston
2008        FOLD THIS LEG FIRST, SPACE 242, 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

RESIDENCIES
2019         Vermont Studio Center, Staff-Artist Program
2018         Appalachian Trail, thru-hike from Georgia to Maine, US
2017         Vermont Studio Center, Full Fellowship Recipient
2016         Philadelphia Museum of Art, Artist-in-Residence

TEACHING
2017              Teaching Fellow, Vermont Studio Center, VT
2016              Visiting Artist, Art Futures Program, Philadelphia Museum of Art
2015, 2016    Artist-Mentor, Art AllState, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA
2013-2017     Assistant Professor, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
2013-2014     Assistant Professor, MassArt, Boston, MA
2013              Visiting Lecturer, Emerson College, Boston
2010-2011     Graduate Teaching Assistant, Temple Rome, Rome, Italy
2006-2010     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

RELATED PROFESSIONAL WORK
2012-2019       Co-Founder of Cloud Project, Philadelphia
2012-2016       Studio Assistant for Dona Nelson, Philadelphia and New York
2006-2010       Gallery Coordinator, Arnheim Gallery, MassArt, Boston
2007-2008       Gallery Chair, FPAC Gallery, Boston
2007, 2008      Assistant Preparator, Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

TEXTS
2017        Review, title-magazine.com, July
2015        Review in theartblog.com, October
2014        Review in ArtFCity.com, August
               Exhibition Essay for Napoleon Gallery, napoleonnapoleon.com, December
               Review in Temple News, news.temple.edu, February
2013        Review in Philly.com, May
2012        Tyler MFA Catalog 2012
2009        Review in BostonHerald.com, September
               Review in the Weekly Dig, January
               Review in the Boston Globe, January