b. 1979. Santa Cruz, California, US
Lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2001 BFA with Honors, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), Milwaukee WI
INSTALLATION and STAGE DESIGN / festivals, concerts, and events // ** collaboration
2020 True/False Film Festival, Neon Forest Remix II, The Atrium, Columbia MO
2019 Up Here Festival 5, Cotton Candy Confetti Dream, The Grand Theatre; Crystal Cave Remix, Zigs, Sudbury ON, Canada
2019 In the Soil Arts Festival, Mystic Magic Forest, The Hub Mainstage, St. Catharines ON Canada
2019 FLOURISH Festival, Neon Forest Remix, The Capital Bar, Fredericton NB Canada
2019 True/False Film Festival, Neon Forest Remix, The State Theatre at The Blue Note, Columbia MO
2019 NEWaukee: Sensorial, A Masquerade Ball, Crystal Cave Remix, Saint Kate Arts Hotel, Milwaukee WI
2018 Up Here Festival 4, Glitchy Neon Night Forest, Townehouse Tavern, Sudbury ON Canada
2018 Wassaic Project Summer Festival, Crystal Cave Remix, Outdoor Mainstage, Wassaic NY
2018 In the Soil Arts Festival, Crystal Cave, The Hub Mainstage, St. Catharines ON Canada
2018 Temple Tantrum Festival, Psychedelic Jungle, The Temple Arts Center, Denver CO
2018 Klassik: American Klassiks (w/Johanna Rose, SistaStrings), Not A Venue, Milwaukee WI
2018 Andrea Gibson: Hey Galaxy Tour (w/Chastity Brown), Various Venues, USA and Canada
2017 Eaux Claires Music Festival, Neon Forest Galaxy, The Creek Stage, Eau Claire WI
2017 Arte Para Todos Festival, The Backroom at Colectivo, Milwaukee WI
2017 Arte Para Todos Festival, Anodyne, Milwaukee WI **WC Tank
2017 Ric Wilson, Tour de Fat Battle of the Bands, Schubas, Chicago IL
2017 Planned Parenthood WI, Through the Darkness, Rays of Light, Madison and Milwaukee WI
2017 Hello Death, Glitchy Rainbow Forest, Usable Space Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2017 AMFM: Maskerade (w/ Dxtr Spits, Barrett Keithley), Lost Arts, Chicago IL
2017 Whips: Album Release Show (w/ Surgeons in Heat, Slow Walker), Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI **WC Tank
2017 The Fatty Acids: Album Release Show (w/Paper Holland, Dogs in Ecstasy), Linnemans, Milwaukee WI **WC Tank
2017 The Fatty Acids: Album Release Show (w/Zed Kenzo), Anodyne, Milwaukee WI **WC Tank
2017 Full Moon Karaoke and Variety Show, Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI
2016 Arte Para Todos Festival, Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee WI
2016 Little Scream, Neon Abstract Galaxy, Cactus Club, Milwaukee WI
2016 New Boyz Club: Album Release Show (w/Fox Face), Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI
2016 Siamese (w/Marielle Allschwang, Nightgown), Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI
2016 Queen Tut, Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI
2016 Lorde Fredd33: Album Release Show, Fire on Water, Milwaukee WI
2016 ARTdentity, Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI
2016 Shannon and the Clams, Bizarro Jungle, Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI
2015 WebsterX, 4-14 Milwaukee Day Show, Turner Hall, Milwaukee WI
2015 5th Annual Holiday Hip Hop Benefit Show, Riverwest Public House, Milwaukee WI
WALLS and BACKDROPS
2020 Bayshore Town Center: Port Washington Parking Garage, Glendale WI
2020 Snack Boys Snack Bar, Neon Forest Remix, Milwaukee WI
2020 Alive and Fine, Milwaukee WI
2019 Mitchell Park, Hot Melty Rainbow Summer, Milwaukee WI **with Artists Working in Education (AWE)
2013 Sky High Skateboard Shop and Gallery, Before I Die: Milwaukee Wall, Milwaukee WI
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS / * solo
2019 30 x 30 x 30 Exhibition, Smallscapes, Var Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2018 ArtFly X, ArtFly Gallery, Eau Claire WI,
2017 The Basement Show, Psychedelic Jungle, ArtFly Gallery, Eau Claire WI
2016 My Candle Burns At Both Ends, #underneaththesamenitesky, Hot Pop Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2015 The Wisconsin Dinner Party, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee WI
2015 45 North Squared, You Make My Heart Explode (with or without u), Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac WI
2015 00000 Ghost Show VI, Nothing Lasts Forever, Borderline, Milwaukee WI
2014 Missing You, Usable Space Gallery, Milwaukee WI *
2010 Maybe It Was All Okay, Afterall, Magpie Boutique and Gallery, San Diego CA *
2010 Mid-Wiz-Est, Half the World in Sweetness, Stay Gold Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2019 Klassik, "ACTIVE" Music Video, Directed by Wes Tank, Milwaukee WI
2019 Curta, "Flash Point" Music Video, Directed by Wes Tank, Milwaukee WI
2019 Surgeons in Heat, Music Video, Directed by Ryan Thomas Reeves, Milwaukee WI
2016 WebsterX, "Everything" Music Video, Directed by Milwaukee WI
2016-2018 Dance Party Series. A curated event meant to fuse music and art. Featured local DJs, a surprise musical perfomance, and installation art, all created within a specific theme. Company Brewing, Milwaukee WI **with Joey Grihalva
A Very Dirty Dance Party: Beyonce + JayZ VS Rihanna + Drake
A Very Dope Dance Party: Chance + Kanye VS Kendrick + Dre
A Very 90s Dance Party: 90s HipHop & RNB VS The End of Summer
A Very Dirty Dance Party The Remix: Beyonce + JayZ VS Rihanna + Drake
Hip-Hop Dance Party: Kendrick Lamar + The Leaders of the New School
2016-2018 Arte Para Todos Poster Series. A curated poster series to accompany Arte Para Todos Festival. Featured one local artist matched up with one local Arte show / venue. Each artist made a custom poster for their assigned venue, to promote shows leading up to and during Arte Para Todos.
RESIDENCIES and AWARDS
2019 Grant, Mary L. Nohl Suitcase Export Fund for Visual Art, Milwaukee WI
2001 Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
2001 Partial Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
MEDIA and PRESS
Hicks, Tyler. "Kristina Rolander Wants Her Bayshore Mural to Inspire Joy," Artist Uprising Digital Magazine, September 9, 2020.
Tanzilo, Bobby. "Bayshore Art Project kicks off with a quartet of new murals," OnMilwaukee.com, August 6, 2020.
Artist Uprising. "The Bayshore Art Project: Kristina Rolander," YouTube, August 5, 2020.
Tanzilo, Bobby. "A peek at the artwork inside the soon-to-open East Side Snack Boys," OnMilwaukee.com, June 24, 2020.
Fredrich, Lori. "Snack Boys sets the magical March dates for their big move to the East Side," February 6, 2020.
Halas, Allen. "VIDEO: KLASSIK – “ACTIVE,” Breaking and Entering, September 18, 2019.
Bikini Burger. “Up Here 5 x CKLU Special Content: Interview with Kristina Rolander,” CKLU.CA 96.7, August 16, 2019.
Henschel, Steve. “In the Soil Hub grows in year 11,” NiagaraThisWeek.com, June 4, 2019.
Cuzner, Mitch. “Flourish Festival 5 - The Highlight Reel,” HalifaxBloggers.com, April 29, 2019.
Salazar, Rebecca. “FLOURISH FEST: DAY 2 – PIGMENTS, PUPPIES, AND MAGICAL FORESTS,” NotYourBoysClub.com, April 29, 2019.
Wang, Runjie. “More than movies: Don't miss True/False's art installations,” VoxMagazine.com, February 21, 2019.
Bikini Burger. “Up Here 5 x CKLU Special Content, Interview with Kristina Rolander,” CKLU.CA 96.7, August 17, 2018.
Grihalva, Joey. "The artists pushing modern stage design forward," 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, May 29, 2018.
Macek, Katy. "Catch it before it’s gone: ArtFly to hold four-hour pop-up gallery," Leader-Telegram, October 19, 2017.
Kneevers, Kat. "Alumni Return for 'Inside Job' at MIAD," Wisconsin Gazette, August 24, 2017.
Herbert, Edyn. “The Spirit of the Eaux Claires Music Festival,” WUWM 89.7, June 24, 2017.
Burich, Amelinda. “Eaux Claires Fest art installation experience," 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, June 7, 2017.
Christenson, Eric. “Eaux Claires Goes Huge on 2017 Art Installations,” VolumeOne.org, May 19, 2017.
Gurpreet. "Kristina Rolander on creating immersive environments and large-scale paintings," Pixpa.com, January 26, 2017.
Burich, Amelinda. “Painting the Milwaukee Music Scene,” 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, August 1, 2016.
Williams-Ng, Stacey. “Usable Space Exhibits the Uncommon and Poetic,” JSOnline, May 13, 2014.
Antlfinger, Carrie. “'Before I Die' Walls Inspire, Motivate,” Associated Press, December 4, 2013.
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “'Before I Die ... ' wall goes up in Bay View,” JSOnline, November 5, 2013.
Kacner, Krystal. “Artwork in Milwaukee asks what you want to do before you die,” Fox6Now.com, November 5, 2013.
Schumacher, Mary Louise. “Candy Chang's 'Before I Die...' comes to Milwaukee,” JSOnline, October 22, 2013.
Shannon and the Clams "Bizarro Jungle” backdrop
Cactus Club "Op Art Psychedelia" backdrop
Little Scream "Neon Abstract Galaxy" backdrop
Andrea Gibson "Hey Galaxy" tour set
True/False Film Festival "Neon Forest Remix" backdrop
Not A Venue "Amerikan Klassiks" backdrop
Planned Parenthood "Through the Darkness, Rays of Light" backdrop
Company Brewing "Full Moon" "New Boyz Club Trilogy" "90s Neon Explosion" backdrops
Siamese "Geological Set" backdrop