Name

Kari Lynn Kraus

About

I am a native to Batavia, Illinois and consider myself lucky to have been born and raised there. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY after over 3 years in Chicago. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Northern Illinois University, which is where my passion for working with fiber began.

Highlights

2018
Group Exhibition in Key West, FL as part of Side Street Studios Art Exchange

2016
Juror for 'Rock the Runway' Wearable Art Fashion Show at Batavia Fine Art Center

2015
Invitation to be a part of the Art@CMS project. A collaboration between FermiLab in IL and CERN in Switzerland http://www.fnal.gov/pub/presspass/press_releases/2015/Art-at-CMS-20150121.html

2014
Juror for the ‘I Heart Art’ Exhibition at Batavia Fine Arts Centre Batavia, IL
Visiting Artist Lecture at Mill Creek Elementary, Geneva, as part of their Hero in the Mirror Project.
Visiting Artist at Western Ave Elementary School, Geneva, as part of their Artist in the Courtyard Program
Guest Artist at Hoover Wood Elementary School, Batavia, gave several 50 minute presentations about my career as an artist and assisted students in creation of their own fiber installation

2013
Solo Exhibition in Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, Japan
Solo Exhibition, ‘Drove’, Water Street Studios
Selected as an Everyday Hero for the Kane County Chronicle, article here http://www.kcchronicle.com/2013/10/29/a-force-to-be-reckoned-with/axfd6f5/
Juror for the ‘I Heart Art’ Exhibition at Batavia Fine Arts Centre, Batavia, IL

2012
Invitation to have solo exhibition in February 2013, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, Japan
Juror for the ‘I Heart Art’ Exhibition at Batavia Fine Arts Centre Batavia, IL
Visiting Artist at Artist in the Courtyard event at Western Ave. School in Geneva, IL

2011
Best of Show for Water Street Studios Second Anniversary Show
Press Release from “The Individual and the Swarm" show http://triblocal.com/batavia/community/stories/2011/08/second-saturdays-open-studios-at-water-street-studios/
Interview about my trip to France from Sixty Inches from Center http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=7855
The Daily Herald’s The Heart of Batavia’s Water Street Studios article https://www.dailyherald.com/article/20100915/news/309159739/

2010
Batavia Chamber of Commerce “20 under 30” http://triblocal.com/batavia/community/stories/2010/09/batavia-chamber-of-commerce-announces-the-20-under-30-recipients/
Mold Your Creative Side At Water Street Studios article http://batavia.patch.com/articles/mold-your-creative-side-at-water-street-studios
Fine Art America Biography; http://fineartamerica.com/blogs/kari-kraus-education-director.html

2009
Interview with Chicagoland Arts blog ‘What to Wear During an Orange Alert?’ http://www.orangealert.net/node/66

Selected Exhibitions

2018
The Studios of Key West, 'Side Projects', September, Key West, FL

2015
Fermi Lab National Particle Accelerator Laboratory Art Gallery, ‘Imagining Physics Art@CMS', April, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, ‘Imagining Physics Art@CMS’, February-March, Batavia, IL

2014
Side Street Studio Arts, ‘Input // Output’, March-April, Elgin, IL
Water Street Studios, on’som’bel fine art show, September-October, Batavia, IL

2013
Amakusa Board of Education, Solo Exhibition, February, Amakusa-shi, Kumamoto, Japan
Side Street Studio Arts, ‘Manipulations’, July-August, Elgin, IL
Water Street Studios, ‘Drove; Solo Exhibition’, September, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, ‘on-som’bel’, September, Batavia, IL

2012
Water Street Studios, ‘illuminate’, January, Batavia, IL
Schingoethe Museum, Rock, Paper, Scissors: Process and Perception, January, Aurora, IL
Fermi Lab National Particle Accelerator Laboratory Art Gallery, ‘Potential Energy’, April, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, ‘Indulge’, June, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, 3rd Anniversary Show, September, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, Kane County Chronicle Gallery, Apocalypse: An Exploration of the End of Days Show, December, Batavia, IL

2011
Water Street Studios, Spring/Summer Show, April, Batavia, IL
Chateau Chanorier, Group Artist Show as a part of a delegation of the Geneva Cultural Commission, May, Croissy Sur Seine, France
Create with Curtis, ‘Touch’, June, Batavia, IL
Batavia Performing Arts Center, Group Show, August, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, The Individual and the Swarm Show, August, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, Second Anniversary Show, Awarded Best of Show, September, Batavia, IL
Batavia Performing Arts Center, ‘Relic’ Alumni Show, October, Batavia, IL
Water Street Studios, Exquisite Corpse Group Show, October, Batavia, IL

2010
Water Street Studios, Spring/Summer Show, April, Batavia, IL
Lane Allen Architect, Birdland Group Show, November, Batavia, IL

2009
Water Street Studios, WSS Inaugural Art Show, September, Batavia, IL

A special thank you to Jim Kirkhoff who took some of the images for the site.