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Toledo Museum of Art names 57th GAPP Artist in Residence

Kristina Arnold will discuss her artistic process in a free lecture on Feb. 22

February 20, 2024

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) named Kristin Arnold the 57th Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) Artist in Residence. During residency this week at the TMA Glass Studios, Arnold will create new work, explore the use of glass in her work and be inspired by the TMA collection, studio facilities and staff.

Arnold’s residency culminates with a free artist’s lecture on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion on the campus of TMA. She will discuss her artistic process, inspiration and residency experience.

Arnold, an artist and educator, lives and works in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her practice combines an undergraduate degree and work in community health with a graduate degree in painting, professional museum/gallery experience, and a life-long dedication to activism. Materializing in two, three and four dimensions, Arnold’s work ranges from making pieces that question current societal understandings about health and wellness and suggest alternative paradigms to producing projects that more specifically direct desired outcomes.

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Arnold received a degree in community health from Brown University. Upon graduation she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a career in public health, working in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

After five years, Arnold returned to her first love, attending art school and earning her MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in collections management for the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville. In 2005, she joined the Art Department at Western Kentucky University where she teaches and serves as the Gallery Director.

Arnold has been named an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School as well as artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming, and the Municipal Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Register online for this free program by visiting or call 419-255-8000.


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