Kim Cridler, born in 1968 in Grand Rapids, MI, was trained as a metalsmith. She creates works that utilize the history, making, and meaning of objects of utility and ornamentation. She has applied her use of steel, structure and ornament in large-scale public art projects and commissions for public spaces. Kim was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Kim has taught in art programs across the country including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, San Diego State University, Arizona State University, and the Penland School of Crafts.
Awards include Visual Arts Fellowships from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Her work is featured in public collections including the Arizona State University Art Museum, the Arkansas Art Center Decorative Museum of Art, the California State University Long Beach Art Museum, the Chazen Art Museum, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the Racine Art Museum, the Scottsdale Contemporary Museum of Art, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.