Kristin Beal is an arts advocate, administrator, and culture producer. She currently serves as Wichita State University (WSU) Placemaking and Special Projects manager and guest lecturer in the Masters of Arts Administration program for the WSU College of Fine Arts.
In 2014, Beal co-founded Harvester Arts and serves as executive director for the nonprofit that builds the creative capacity of the community through arts experimentation, public art projects, artist residencies, and professional development for artists. By demonstrating the catalytic power of creative action, Harvester Arts promotes increased critical thinking and involvement in the arts to spur agency and motivation in other facets of community life.
She studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Wichita State University (BFA Drawing and Painting) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA Painting and Printmaking). Kristin Beal has worked extensively as a grant facilitator to realize projects through Harvester Arts with the Wichita Community Foundation via The Knight Foundation Fund, The Kansas Creative Arts & Industries Commission and The NEA. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and pursues projects that explore various means of collaboration and creative action via socially engaged, community-based art projects.