Kristen Ramirez is both a studio artist who makes discrete works and a public artist who toggles between commissions and socially engaged practices. Ramirez has a professional career in education and arts administration, championing aspiring artists and established artists alike. Ramirez taught in San Francisco’s public schools before moving to Seattle, where she has since taught at the University of Washington, Edmonds Community College, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Path with Art, and Cornish College of the Arts. She currently manages public art projects for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Seattle’s Department of Transportation (SDOT). Ramirez has received numerous awards, including Individual Artist Awards from 4Culture, an Artist Trust Fellowship Award, two Artist Trust GAP grants, two Public Art Network Year-in-Review Awards.