Kriss Olsen grew up surrounded by the creative process. The informal art education of daily life in a house full of artists proved the most valuable education for which anyone could wish. Kriss pursued formal studies at Kansas City Art Institute and Syracuse University.
Kriss Olsen Studio was established in NYC in 1984 as a design and model making shop. The studio designed and developed products for Copco, MOMA, Pyrex, Stelton USA, Ziro and others. Model making clients included Beyer Blinder Bell, Brooklyn Museum, Ellis Island Foundation, Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian Museum, Henry Dreyfus, Milton Glaser, Martha Graham Dance Co., The New York Public Library, and Pentagram.
Using skills from model making, along with her interest and knowledge of antiques, Kriss transformed the studio to a restoration business specializing in period gilt and painted furnture. Her work is in private collections around the world.
Today Kriss lives and works in rural NW New Jersey where she paints and happily creates whatever she wants.
SHOWS, AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
"Artsbridge" Juried Show, 2015 Prallsville Mill, Stockbridge NJ
"Light Space and Time" 2015 Special Recognition Award
Belmar Arts Center, 2015 "Annual Jersey Shore Juried Art Show" Best in Show
BWAC "COLOR" Brooklyn NY 2014 (juried show) People's Choice Award
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton NJ 2013 (group show)
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Indiana 1982 (group show)
PanAm Building, NYC 1982 (one woman show)
Nabisco Headquarters, NJ 1979
Lubin House Art Gallery, NYC 1975
Historic Preservation Awards (Washington Township, NJ)
Restoration of Long Valley Landmark, The Liberty Eagle, 2012
Design of Barn, 1995
Published in "Fiber as a Fine Art" 1985
"Paper" LBI Arts Foundation 2017, LBI NJ