Born in Ajax Ontario, Kristin Nelson received her BFA in Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2003) and MFA at Concordia University (2014). Through a process of examination and re-contextualisation, she transforms mundane subjects into larger social concerns. Kristin is a settler Canadian, and identifies as a queer person with a disability. She completed a Riding Mountain Artist Residency (2017), a Canada Council International Residency at Artspace in Sydney Australia (2015) and a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2008).
Kristin has exhibited work across Canada at Musée Régional de Rimouski, Parisian Laundry and Skol (Québec); Art Toronto, Art + Design IDEA/EXCHANGE and Edition Toronto 2 (Ontario); Neutral Ground (Saskatchewan); and at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, La maison des artistes visuels francophone, Plug In ICA, Actual and RAW Gallery (Manitoba). Her work has shown internationally at Museo Textil de Oaxaca in Oaxaca, México and in Austin, Texas. Kristin has been a mentor for women identified artists at MAWA. She previously served on the board of directors for Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba, the Manitoba Craft Council, Plug In ICA, the Winnipeg Arts Council and Martha Street Studio. Her work is in private and public collections including those of Boralex, BMO, the Province of Manitoba and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
About Artist Talk Series
The NIC Artist Talk Series invites contemporary Canadian artists to speak about their professional art practice. Artists must learn how to navigate the infrastructure of the visual art world — how to develop a robust studio practice, find their own voice within arts-based research, create successful applications for grants, exhibitions and residencies, and cultivate relationships with fellow artists and curators to develop collaborative work and gallery shows. The career path of a professional artist is unique to the individual, the Artist Talks offer insight on how to navigate the various obstacles and seek opportunities.