Krista Franklin | Artist in Residence
Ohio native Krista Franklin is a Chicago-based poet, visual artist, storyteller, and teacher. Born two months before the Ohio National Guard shootings at Kent State University, her undergraduate alma mater, Franklin was raised in suburban Dayton, Ohio. In 2001 she left Ohio, relocating to Chicago, where she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts – Book & Paper from Columbia College Chicago.
Franklin’s work is an expression of Afrofuturism, a cultural aesthetic that draws on the experiences of the African Diaspora, history, science fiction, and techno-utopian thought to reimagine Black life in the United States and visualize the future. Her practice includes collage, hand papermaking, installation, letterpress, performance, and poetry. Among her sources of inspiration are the science fiction novels of Octavia Butler and the music of American jazz composer Sun Ra.
opportunities to engage!
Open Studio | June 4, 11 & 18; 2-4pm | Salina Art Center Warehouse
Gallery Talk | June 7 @ 6pm | Salina Art Center
Papermaking Workshop | June 8; 1-5pm | FREE | Space is limited to those who register
Summer Soulstice Presentation | June 11 @ 12pm | Salina Art Center Warehouse
Lunch & Learn | June 19 @ 12pm | Salina Art Center Warehouse
Thank you to the Greater Salina Community Foundation, YW Legacy fund for awarding Salina Art Center a grant to bring Franklin to Salina and keep all programming free and open to everyone.