Kristen Baumliér is a multimedia and video artist. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she works at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She received her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1994, and her BFA from Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame in 1991. She has received numerous awards and grants for her work, including the Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship in 2004, the CEC ArtsLink Project Grant in 2005, and the Flowers Technology Grant from the Cleveland Institute of Art from 2003 to 2009. Her work has been exhibited in Finland, Germany, and the Republic of Macedonia as well as in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her videos have screened in New Zealand, Serbia, England, and in the US She received an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship in 2004, and an ArtsLink project grant in 2005 to produce a site-specific collaborative work in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Baumlier's work was a finalist in the Where Do You Give? design contest, and a prototype of her interactive game design will be exhibited across the US in 2012-13.
In 2009, Baumlier began researching food, health, technology, and food systems and is currently developing new work that presents questions about food.
Artist Statement (from her website http://www.kristenbaumlier.com/) :
"In my work as an interdisciplinary artist, I use moving images, sound and choreography in whimsical, non-traditional ways in order to provide multiple access points to ideas. I combine analog and digital sources and work in forms including video, sound, photography, performance and installation.
"I research issues of science and history through art. I believe that art can communicate new ideas, and call people to action. Information access and literacy is a central theme in my work. I want viewers to see things in a new way. Art making is a process of research and discovery. I am interested in continuing to combine forms and disciplines, and aim to make work that asks questions."