Kristina Arnold is an artist and educator living and working in Bowling Green, Kentucky in the USA. Her practice combines an undergraduate degree and work in community health with a graduate degree in painting, professional museum / gallery experience, and a life-long dedication to activism. Materializing in two, three and four dimensions, Arnold’s work ranges from making pieces that question current societal understandings about health and wellness and suggest alternative paradigms, to producing projects that more specifically direct desired outcomes.
Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Kristina Arnold received a degree in community health from Brown University. Upon graduation she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in public health, working in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After five years she returned to her first love, attending art school and earning her MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in collections management for the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, TN and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville. In 2005 she joined the Art Department at Western Kentucky University (WKU) where she teaches and serves as the Gallery Director.
Arnold has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School, and an artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming and the Municipal Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia.