• Migrator 1
    • UV print on dibond on mdf
    • 16x18x3
    • Migrator 4
    • UV print on dibond on mdf
    • 22x15x5
    • Migrator 6
    • UV print on dibond on mdf
    • 22x14x7
    • Migrator 9
    • UV print on dibond on mdf
    • 9x5x4
    • Migrator 10
    • UV print on dibond on mdf
    • 7x9x4
    • In the Presence of Memory 20
    • oil, steel photo-serigraph and mixed media on industrial felt
    • 60"×36"
    • In the Presence of Memory 24
    • oil, steel photo-serigraph and mixed media on industrial felt
    • 15×9
    • In the Presence of Memory 19
    • oil, steel photo-serigraph and mixed media on industrial felt
    • 60"×36"
    • In the Presence of Memory 26
    • oil, steel photo-serigraph and mixed media on industrial felt
    • 15×9
    • In the Presence of Memory 18
    • oil, steel photo-serigraph and mixed media on industrial felt
    • 60"×36"
    • In the Presence of Memory 25
    • oil, steel photo-serigraph and mixed media on industrial felt
    • 15×9

Artist Statement

I grew up in an area of Pennsylvania dominated by the steel industry, and have long been interested in industrial architecture as an expression of cultural history.  “In the Presence of Memory” explores the architectural vestiges of a far more ancient industry: agriculture. The disappearing vernacular architecture of barns in rural Pennsylvania reveals their varied European lineages: specific structural elements reflect the building traditions of the home countries of the immigrant families who built them. A typology of these barn structures bears witness to centuries of migration. But what once seemed a stable and permanent destination is now in flux, as the family farm gives way to industrial farming, and farmland is converted to residential or commercial developments. For the past year I have been traveling throughout my home state to document these agricultural structures: abandoned, re-purposed, or – occasionally – still in use.  These photographic images have become the source material for this body of work. Using industrial felt (manufactured in Pennsylvania) as a substrate, I silk-screen images of architectural details of the barns using industrial pigments such as steel, iron and copper. I paint each piece individually using oil and cold wax, and cut into the felt, echoing the empty and thatched spaces of the often-dilapidated structures I have photographed. I “patch” these cut areas with colored sections of serigraph negatives, mimicking the splashes of incongruous color on the weathered surfaces that have been repaired again and again. The colors, forms and shapes of the felt panels all refer to the original structures; even in their abstraction, these paintings document the vanishing rural industrial landscape.

Artist Bio

Krista Svalbonas is a mixed-media artist based in Chicago. She holds a BFA degree in photography and design from Syracuse University and an interdisciplinary MFA degree in photography, sculpture, and design from SUNY New Paltz. Benefiting from this extensive training in a wide range of media, Svalbonas experiments with traditional materials in unexpected ways. She is heavily influenced by her urban environment and focuses on spatial relationships and architecture when developing abstract pieces and installations.

Svalbonas exhibits throughout the United States, including recent and upcoming solo shows at Space Gallery in Denver and the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina. She has exhibited at the Dairy Center of the Arts, Colorado; Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Matteawan Gallery, Opus Projects, The Painting Center, Trestle Gallery, ISE Cultural Foundation, and BWAC, New York; Watchung Art Center and George Segal Gallery, New Jersey; Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery and Wall Gallery, California; and Tubac Center For The Arts, Arizona. She is in the permanent collection of the Cesis Art Museum in Latvia. Svalbonas is a recipient of a Bemis Fellowship, and of residencies from Cooper Union, Vermont Studio Center, and the New Arts Program. She is currently a lecturer in photography at Columbia College.

Selected Exhibitions



Migrator, Space 776, Brooklyn, NY

Dislocation, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

Between Instances, collaboration with Lisa Pressman, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ


Topophilia, Bridge Productions, Seattle, WA

Modern Structures, collaboration with Howard Hersh, Space Gallery, Denver,CO Interstices, 2- Person, RMX gallery, Chicago, IL


Home is a Name, Spartanburg Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC

Migrants, Opus Project Space, New York, NY

Correspondences, collaboration with Howard Hersh, Wall Gallery, Oakland, CA


Presence of Memory, Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston, MA

A Habitation and a Name, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

Milieu, New Arts Center Exhibition, Kutztown, PA

Shifting Space, collaboration with Lisa Pressman, ISE Cultural Center, New York, NY


Dwelling, Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

Project 8, Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

Mapping Time, collaboration with Lisa Pressman, Firehouse Gallery, Orange, NJ

Towards a Phenomenology of Space, AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA

Phenomenology of Place, Firehouse Gallery, Rogue College, Grants Pass, OR


Substance and Shadow, 2- Person, Monterey Peninsula Art Gallery, Monterey, CA

Penumbra Installation, Gravy Studio Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Penumbra, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ


Windows on Columbus, Mack Cali, Jersey City, NJ

Solo, Rotunda Gallery, Metuchen, NJ


Persistence of Memory, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY




Working Hard, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT

It Doesn’t Look the Same Anymore, Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Tiny Acts Topple Empires, Woskob Family Gallery, Penn State, State College, PA

Poetics of Place, Gravy Studio and Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Poetics of Place, Satellite Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL

Fresh 2017, Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

No Dead Artist, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Geometric Complexions, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Between the Medium, Redline, Denver, CO


Variable States, UpFor Gallery, Portland, OR

Tectonic, Bridge Productions, Seattle, OR

Tangent Planes, Matthew Rachman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Interstices, RMX Gallery, Chicago, IL


Flat Files Year 3, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, NY

Megaladon, Proto Gallery, Hoboken, NJ

Opus Unum, Opus Project Space, New York,NY

Beyond Material, Slusser gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

de.con.struct, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

Going Big, Central Booking, New York, NY

Shared Creations, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL

Interface, Waterstreet Studios, Batavia , IL

Aquired, Occasional Gallery, Burlington,WA

Indiana Green, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI

The Art of Collage, Frank Juarez Gallery, Sheboygan, WI



Aqua Miami Art Fair, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY

Vestige, 3-person, Gravy Studios and Gallery

Gallery Artists, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, NJ

The Last Brucennial, New York, NY



Etiquette for Lucid Dreaming, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ

Session One, Pocket Utopia, New York, NY

Continuum, S.H.E. Gallery, Boonton, NJ

Ethereal Earth, S.H.E. Gallery, Boonton, NJ



Cooper Union AIR, Cooper Union, New York, NY

Natural and Constructed Spaces, The Painting Center, New York, NY

Wax, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Arts Connections 8, George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ



Full Spectrum, Virginia S. Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ

Visiting Artist Series, Dynamic Expressions Art Gallery, Bronx, NY

Beeline, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

62nd Annual Art of the Northeast, New Canaan, CT

Playing with Fire, Tubac Center for the Arts, Tubac AZ

Arts Connections 7, George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ



Encaustic Artists, GAS Gallery, Maplewood, NJ

21st Annual Exhibition, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY (Juried by Elizabeth Sussman)

Emerging Artist Series, Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ



2nd Annual Latvian Artist Exhibition, Society of Free Letts, Philadelphia, PA



Latvian Diaspora Art, A Two-Year Traveling Exhibition in Latvia, Europe




Six of the Best part 34, krista svalbonas, praeterita, Philip Hartigan

Studio Visit Magazine, vol 30, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA

Delve Interview, Krista Svalbonas, Kind Aesthetic, Andres Weglowskyj

Five Good Things, AnOther Magazine, March 11, 2015

Krista Svalbonas Migrants, Young Space, Kate Mothes


The infrastructure of humanity on display at Kutztown’s New Arts Program, Reading Eagle, February 9th, Ron Schira

Lisa Pressman and Krista Svalbonas in “Shifting Space”, Gallery Travels, Anne Russinof

Cooperman, Marcie, Color: How to use it, Upper Saddle River: Pearson, 2013

Artist Interview, Have You Met…Krista Svalbonas?, Painter’s Progress,

Drawing on the Walls, Star-Ledger, March 31st, Dan Bischoff

Artist Interview, Paint Draw Blend, Bernadette Ward

MPC’s Substance and Shadow reverberates with urban electricity, Monterey County Weekly, November 15th, Jessica Bray

3rd International painting annual, Manifest press, Cinncinati Ohio

Artist Interview, Lynette Haggard art blog, Lynette Haggard

Krista Svalbonas encaustic, Draugas, September 15th, Stasys Gostautas

Krista Svalbonas at Gravy, Knight Arts Philadelphia, Chip Schwartz

Thomas, Shazzi, natural/constructed spaces, The Painting center, catalog

Hesa inprint, rythm/rytmi, blog, www.hesainprint.com

Gannon, Stacy, penumbra solo exhibition, Watchung art center, catalog


Fradet, Cecilia Moy, Aone 62nd annual, Silvermine arts center, catalog


Kalmite, Lelde, Tevu Zemei-Latvijai, Valmiera musuem, catalog




Bemis Fellowship

Interface Artist Residency


New Arts Program Residency and Exhibition


Cooper Union Artist Residency


Vermont Studio Center Residency

Silvermine Board of Trustees Award, Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT


Graduate Research and Creative Projects Grant, SUNY NEW PALTZ



Cesis Art Museum Latvia, Europe

Private Collections Nationally



Lecturer, Columbia College Chicago, Fall 2014 – Fall 2017

Assistant Professor, Art Institute of New York, Spring 2006 – Spring 2014

Adjunct Professor, Caldwell College, Winter 2006 – Spring 2009



State University of NewYork at New Paltz, 2005

M.F.A. Visual Research Laboratory (Photography, Design and Sculpture)

Syracuse University, 2000

B.F.A. Photography and Design