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Kristina Olson

Associate Director of the School of Art & Design
Associate Professor | Art History

Kristina Olson received her MA in art criticism and art history from Stony Brook University and a BA in humanities with a minor in art history from the University of Oregon. She teaches courses in modern and contemporary art, architecture, and theory. Her research focuses on the intersection of contemporary art and architecture. She is co-editor and a contributing author to Social Practice Art in Turbulent Times: The Revolution Will Be Live (Routledge, 2019), a contributing author to both ART of Critique/Re-imagining Professional Art Criticism and the ArtSchool Critique (ARTium Publishing, pending) and Kartoon Kings: The Graphic Work of Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio (West Virginia University Press, 2007), and was co-editor of Blanche Lazzell: The Life and Work of an American Modernist (West Virginia University Press, 2004). She has written for such periodicals as ARTPULSE, Art in America, ArtPapers, Sculpture Magazine, and the New Art Examiner. She is the exhibition reviews editor for Art Inquiries, the journal of the SECAC organization. From 1992 to 2003 she was curator of the Mesaros Galleries at West Virginia University where exhibitions focused on the work of such internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists as Faith Ringgold, Nancy Spero and Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds. She is author of many exhibition catalogs including Studio Window: The Prints of Grace Martin Taylor (2016) and Nicola López: Urban Transformations (2009).