Kristina Paabus

  • Associate Professor of Studio Art, Reproducible Media

Areas of Study


  • BA, Rhode Island School of Design, 2000
  • MA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2009


Kristina Paabus is a cross-disciplinary artist with a focus in Reproducible Media.  Her work examines systems of logic that groups and individuals use to enforce perceptions of structure.  Tools such as language, architecture, and game theory, serve as guides to expose the anatomy of human comprehension.  Through a multifaceted approach, she creates images, environments, and situations that explore our relationships to organizational tactics.  These hybrid spatial conversations elaborate on the constructions that allow us to interact with and gain control over our surroundings.

Paabus (US/EE) was born and raised in Massachusetts, and is a first-generation American.  She studied fine arts and religious studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, printmaking at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Art History Concentration at the Rhode Island School of Design. 

In 2009 she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and later that same year, Paabus returned to Estonia on a Fulbright Fellowship in Installation Art.  

Paabus has exhibited work in Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Rosendale, Providence, Reykjavik, Miami, Berlin, and Tallinn.  Recent residencies include ACRE (WI), Ox-Bow (MI), Women’s Studio Workshop (NY), Lill Street (IL), Culture Factory Polymer (Estonia), Samband Íslenskra Myndlistarmanna (Iceland), and Zidul De Hardie-Artfest (Romania). 

Her work is on display in many private and public collections such as Fogg Art Museum, University of Dallas, Estonian Academy of Arts, Spudnik Press, Women’s Studio Workshop, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Iowa Museum, University of Iowa Print Archive, and Grant Wood Art Colony.
Prior to arriving in Oberlin, Paabus was an instructor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a visiting assistant professor and Grant Wood Fellow in Printmaking at the University of Iowa. 

In 2014 Paabus joined the board of the Mid-America Print Council as the membership chair. 

Fall 2022

Intermediate Print Projects — ARST 260
Advanced 2D Projects — ARST 320


Works of Kristina Paabus included in Exhibit

November 4, 2015

Works of Assistant Professor of Studio Art, Reproducible Media Kristina Paabus are included in the Akron Art Museum exhibition NEO Geo. The contemporary art exhibition examines geometric abstraction’s ongoing relevance in Northeast Ohio through drawings, paintings, ceramics, textiles, prints, photographs, and sculptures of eight artists working in studios in Northeast Ohio.

NE Geo is on view from November 21, 2015, through April 24, 2016, with an opening reception on Friday, November 20, 2015. More information about the exhibit can be found on this webpage.

Kristina Paabus Exhibits

June 8, 2015

The exhibition Even If by Assistant Professor of Studio Art Kristina Paabus is on view at Fernwey Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, May 15-June 14. In tandem with the show, Fernwey Editions published a series of lithographic prints, and Lauren Fulton wrote the essay “Data Mining: Kristina Paabus Mapping the Game.”

Paabus also recently had her work selected from the permanent collection at The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts for a group show, The Residents, which took place in Stalder Gallery at the Falls City Library and Art Center in Falls City, Nebraska.