Kristina Arnold was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia and received a degree in community health from Brown University. Upon graduation she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in public health, working as a research associate in the department of Preventive Medicine, division of Pharmacoepidemiology at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After five years she returned to her first love, attending art school and earning her MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee. She has worked in collections management for the Frank H. McClung Museum in Knoxville, TN and the Parthenon Museum in Nashville. In 2005 she joined the faculty of Western Kentucky University’s Art Department where she teaches and serves as the Gallery Director.
Arnold’s fellowships include the Individual Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts for the State of Tennessee in 2005 and an Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2007. She has been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School, a visiting artist at the Worcester Center for Crafts, an artist in residence at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Banner, Wyoming and an artist in residence at the Municipal Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Arnold’s current work draws conceptually from her former background and interest in public health. As primarily an installation artist, her work often fills the space of a room. She considers these works walk-in paintings, fabricated environments that envelop the viewer in the biological microcosm of the body – suspending them within a matrix of cells, neurons and tissues.