Kristin Thielking is from Long Island, NY and received a BA in Fine Art and Comparative Literature from Brown University, RI and an MFA in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin, Madison. Thielking has taught sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point since 2001. She has also taught at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, University of Wisconsin, Madison and Penland School of Crafts, NC.
She has exhibited and presented on her work widely. Interdisciplinary collaboration is at the root of her practice and she has a special interest in working with language as a material and work that inspires dialogue about the state of the environment and environmental stewardship. She works most often with artist-book maker and poet, Lisa Beth Robinson and sculptor Keven Brunett. She has been commissioned to design and fabricate numerous large-scale public art projects with Brunett, including permanent and temporary site-specific installations and sculptural design commissions: Wisconsin Percent for Arts commission for the Waukesha State Office Building, Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Third Ward Arts Walk, Dubuque River Walk, Iowa, Bank of Wausau, Wisconsin, University of Indianapolis, Indiana, Magee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Oklahoma, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs such as the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry program, WI, Edenfred, WI and the Vermont Studio Center. She has presented most recently on her and Robinson’s collaborative work at the Society and the Sea Conference, University of Greenwich, London, and will be exhibiting at Trinity College’s Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland and Art and the Anthropocene Conference in June of 2019.