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I am an art historian, visual artist, curator, art consultant &  writer.

In 2012, I taught my first independent seminar in my living room. Fueled by homemade baking and great discussions, the salon style atmosphere in that Themes in Contemporary Art and Television seminar was magical.

After many years of working as an adjunct professor, I realized that I really enjoy teaching outside of the confines of academia. I have since gone on to teach many independent seminars in my living room focused on learning and talking about a shared fascination with art, television, film, and pop culture. I have also created a virtual living room with my live, participatory online seminars.

I am currently writing a book about supernatural creatures in contemporary art, film and television from 2000 to the present. The book is inspired by a seminar that I teach online and in my living room: Vampires to Zombies: The Supernatural in Art, Film & TV .

I have also recently fulfilled a childhood dream of making puppets. I created six supernatural creature puppets (a vampire, werewolf, ghost, witch, demon and zombie) that star in a series of short films I have written, directed and produced.

I created kh1 art consulting to teach independent seminars about contemporary art, film, and television;  help clients buy art for their homes, offices, and businesses; offer interior design services; and provide writing and research services for artists.

I have taught courses about twenty seven different topics at universities and colleges in the US, Canada, and the UK. My artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, and the UK.

I am the co-founder of fast & dirty, a rotating collective of artists and curators that creates exhibitions and art events for short durations in unusual environments and projects that challenge curatorial methods.

I received my PhD in the History of Art from University College London in 2007. I  also hold an MA in Art History from University of Western Ontario; a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design; a BA from McGill University; and a Diploma of Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute.

RECENT & UPCOMING TALKS

1) Art Docs: Eva Hesse. Metro Cinema, Sept. 17, 2016 at 7 pm

2) Tracking the Heroine’s Journey. Edmonton Expo, Sept. 25, 2016 at 11:30 am in Room 109

3) Shows You Should Be Watching: The Magicians. Edmonton Expo, Sept. 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm in Room 107

PUBLICATIONS & PRESS

Kristen Hutchinson, “Two Photographs.” exh. cat. Latitude 53 Contemporary Visual Culture, May 26, 2016

Kristen Hutchinson, “Getting to Know Zombies.” Hyperallergic, Oct. 31, 2014

Kristen Hutchinson, “Women and Cosplay on Reality TV: Heroes of Cosplay.” Sequential Tart, Aug. 18, 2014

Kristen Hutchinson,”Spotlight on Calgary Expo: From Zombies to Aliens.” Sequential Tart, June 2, 2014

Monica S. Kuebler, “Online Seminars Cater to Monster Lovers Worldwide.” Rue Morgue: Horror in Culture & Entertainment. Issue 142, March 2014, p. 8

Jennifer Rae Forsyth & Kristen Hutchinson,“Hit List: fast & dirty curators.” Akimbo: Canada’s Online Source for Visual Arts. June, 2013

Kristen Hutchinson, “Guest Post: How to Survive the Apocalypse: Is Extreme Physical Fitness THE Answer?” Feminist Figure Girl, Dec. 2012

Kristen Hutchinson,”Forays into Performance Art: Sitting with Maria Abramovic.” Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, Feb. 2011

Curtis Alexander, “Podcast interview with the fast & dirty team.” #YEGFilm, July, 2012

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