Kristina Johnson (KJ) is an artist and curator from Minnesota. She graduated with a BFA in Studio Fine Art from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (‘17) with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting.  After years of working closely with her mentor, Jehra Patrick, KJ took over as director of non-fixed arts platform, Waiting Room. Since then she has curated exhibitions that explore critical questions about the relationship of art to abstraction, the environment, social concerns, political issues and theories of identity, individuation, and subjectivation. Her curatorial work has been featured in Artforum’sCritics’ Picks;” as well as personally featured in local Twin Cities publications such as City Pages, MNDaily and Star Tribune

Today, Kristina works out of her home in Minneapolis helping to support emerging and mid-career artists gain wider recognition for their work. She is also a frequent volunteer with The People’s Library

Artist Statement

My artwork originated as a mechanism to cope with my mother’s chronic progressive disease (Multiple Sclerosis). I obsessively created with her image embedded as the subject; questioning how one could portray the human condition visually. The hours spent documenting her gestures shaped my practice into an intimate narrative alluding to an inextricably dark yet humorous past transfixed by the use of symbols and languages; slowly embedding pieces of my own personal history into an evolving narrative.

On one side of my family I am the great granddaughter of Edward G. Bremer, a St. Paul banker that was kidnapped by the Barker-Karpis gang in 1934.  On my other side, I’m the granddaughter of two immigrants. My maternal grandfather from Norway and grandmother an Egyptian scholar. As a child, I spent summers living with my mother’s family on the Sognefjord--one of the oldest fjords in Norway.  I’m inspired by my familial history and their respective cultural folkores, often searching within my personal archive for inspiration, direction, and meaning. 

At first glance my work looks whimsical and absurd but at its heart is deeply self-reflective. Each piece functions as a glimpse into my stream of consciousness; a tangential view of an inner life bound by the meaning of memory, language, and relationships. I scour an immense personal archive for images and materials to dissect and rebuild along with my thoughts.

For any inquires please e-mail:

kristinajohnsonart (@)


b. 1991
She/her pronouns 
Currently lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. 

Spring 2014-Spring 2017
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
BFA in Studio Fine Art with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting
Friends of MCAD Scholarship
Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Liberal Arts Studies
Ignatian Scholarship

Director of Waiting Room, Minneapolis,  MN
2018- 2019 
Gallery Coordinator, Waiting Room x Gallery 71, Edina, MN
Studio Assistant for Jehra Patrick, Minneapolis, MN
Gallery Assistant, Waiting Room, Minneapolis, MN

St. Paul Winter Carnival, Otto Bremer Room at George Latimer Central Library, St. Paul, Minnesota (end of January 2022) 
Have A Good Time, Normal Residential Purposes, Minneapolis, MN
MPLSart Sketchbook Project, Gamut Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
America, I Sing You Back, Concourse Gallery, MCAD, Minneapolis, MN
Independent Showcase, permanent installation at The Coven in St. Paul, MN
Sure Space Salon Benefit, Minneapolis, MN
Daily Trumpet, Day 1054, Jonathan Horowitz Instagram project
MCAD Curated Alumni Show, Saint Paul, MN
Cliches with Craig, collaborative project led by W. J. Simmons featuring 20 artists, New York, NY
MCAD Curated Alumni Show, Barnes and Thornburg Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN
World Championship Cup Classic, Gallery 148, Minneapolis, MN
Democratic Production, Head to Toe Salon, Minneapolis, MN
Made At MCAD, Juried Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN
A Pressing Matter, Concourse Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
ArtMesh, Whittier Alliance, Minneapolis, MN
Body Eclectic, Kolman & Pryor, Minneapolis, MN
Propinquity, Library Gallery at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
Sculpture Garden at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN
Siphonophorae, 519 Lowry, Minneapolis, MN

camedowndifferent, Waiting Room x homeroom, Minneapolis, MN
Virtual Sweetheart Market 02, Waiting Room x backroom, Minneapolis, MN
Hold You, Waiting Room, Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, MN
Questions from my body to yours, Waiting Room, St. Paul, MN
Something that I’m supposed to be
, Waiting Room, St. Paul, MN
Boredom Fantasy Mimesis: New Work by Sam Dirck, Waiting Room, St. Paul, MN
Sweetheart Market 01, Waiting Room, St. Paul, MN

Publications & Press:
MPLSart Sketchbook Project, Sketchbook C, Contributing Artist, Minnesota
In the Field: Conversations with Creatives, Guest Panelist, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis t-shirt pop ups showcase student artwork on police brutality,” MNDaily, Minneapolis, MN
How Minnesota artists are staying creative and beating the coronavirus blues,” Star Tribune, Twin Cities, Minnesota
Art Adventures with Drew Hance!, Final Episode produced by MPLSart, Minneapolis, MN
Artforum Critics Pick, Curator of Boredom Fantasy Mimesis, St. Paul, MN
Invigilator, album artwork for Fauxny
Once Upon A Studio,” Minneapolis College of Art and Design Online, Student-Run Publication
Emerging Talent Showcase,” Minneapolis College of Art and Design Online Publication
MCAD’s Very Own Sculpture Garden,” Minneapolis College of Art and Design Online Publication