After retiring from creating art at age 22, Kristina has uncovered her true passion to create and advance a visual conversation once again. A child of multiple cultures, Kristina was born in Ohio and grew up in the Ohio Valley after the beginning of the Post-Industrial era. Summers were spent with family in Germany and France and when she’d return to the US through Pittsburgh, PA and drive along the Ohio River Valley the realness of the rustbelt towns she traveled through spoke to her and reminded her of the firm connection to reality where time and materials once had a strong connection to economic value, development, and creation.
While overseas, Kristina enjoyed the beauty of the Baroque and gilded castles she would visit and she enjoyed rock hunting for semi-precious stones throughout the forests and countryside with her Grandfather. The natural world was the reminder of the connection yet the distinct differences in a sense of place. Wright drew and painted throughout her childhood but became serious in the pursuit of creating art at the Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling, WV and chose to study Studio Art in College as part of her undergraduate education.
Receiving several scholarships and awards, Wright attended Fairmont State University in Fairmont, WV and studied figure drawing under Artist Lynn Boggess whose work continues to be an inspiration today and appears in “fine galleries and homes throughout the world” www.lynnboggess.com . Kristina also studied art with Robert Villamagna, a Post-Industrial Mixed Media and Assemblage Artist whose works are shown throughout WV and in galleries in Pittsburgh, PA before completing her undergraduate education at West Virginia University where her work was featured in faculty and student shows at WVU and throughout the State. In 2000, Wright was selected as a Juried Artist in the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, PA prior to accepting a Fellowship from the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany which allowed her to research and create with artists and designers from all over the world for an international exhibition following the “Beyond Sprawl…Event City” Kolleg: http://www.bauhaus-dessau.de/kolleg/k2t1/pdf/k2t1-72dpi.pdf
After returning to the US, Wright relocated to Florida to be near family. She began working in State and Local Government prior to attending graduate school to study Architecture at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Later her career grew to encompass community outreach and planning as she accepted a position at the City of Orange City, Florida. After several years in Orange City, Wright became a Planner in Glynn County, Georgia where she worked on planning and design projects with an estimated economic impact of $3.3 Billion prior to the economic downturn. Wright returned to the University of Florida to complete her graduate studies and worked for the City of Newberry and the University of Florida through a graduate assistantship. This valuable experience allowed Kristina to experience true collaboration on the public scale. Following graduation, Wright began working at Flagler County in Economic Development where she helped her team bring new economic opportunities to the County which also included a gubernatorial visit from then Gov. Rick Scott. After taking 2 years off to be an at-home Mom, Wright began to work in redevelopment for Lake County, Florida and she later served as the Assistant Director of Planning and Economic Opportunity for Nassau County, Florida prior to becoming a Director for the City of High Springs, Florida.
When Kristina is not busy making art, redeveloping cities into beautiful and meaningful experiences and places through public collaboration, she takes courses towards her Ph.D. at the University of Florida where she specializes in Visual Methodology and Political Participation. Wright’s works are often described as sophisticated with great sensitivity and she loves to interpose images or textures to heighten the level of communication to attempt to reveal and empower elements and subjects. Besides early mentors, Boggess and Villamagna, Wright is inspired by Gustav Klimt and Gerhard Richter in addition to her Saturday trips to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA near her hometown. Today, Wright feels a strong artistic connection to Contemporary Artists, Brad Kunkle, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Audrey Flack and Mariko Mori.