Kristen Wheatley (she/her) is an artist and designer working primarily with wood, fiber, and clay. She makes functional furniture, play objects and interactive sculpture. She uses traditional woodworking joinery, bent lamination, and woodturning techniques to actualize her work. Kristen grew up in rural Southwest Virginia along with her five siblings. She recently returned to Appalachia to complete an internship in the Wood Studio at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Craft and Material Studies. In 2022, She received the Windgate University Fellowship at Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft, the Cynthia Bringle and Edwina Bringle Scholarship at Penland School of Crafts, and the Schooner Foundation Scholarship at the Furniture Society 2022: Working Together Conference. She has recently exhibited work in Vitamin C at the Murray N. Depillars Gallery and Fake News at the Anderson in Richmond, VA.
- Woodlawn, VA
- @kjjwheat on instagram
- Professional Status
- Student at virginia commonwealth university